What car thieves most liked to steal in the UK in 2010 are BMW X5, Land Rover Range Rover, BMW M3 and the Audi RS4. These are the top four cars identified by TRACKER (the so-called stolen vehicle recovery expert) from its top ten list of most frequently stolen and recovered vehicles last year. TRACKER said that 65% of the vehicles recovered by TRACKER in 2010 were valued at an average of £25,000.
In fact, only 6% of these vehicles are priced from £50,000 to £100,000. TRACKER reminded motorists to beef up their security and to take note that it isn’t just expensive cars that get stolen.
Stephen Doran, managing director of TRACKER, said that “once again,” the Mercedes SLK and CLK remain at the top as thieves’ favorite cars to steal. He pointed out that there is a new entry – the VW Golf – that is on ninth place. The lowest-priced vehicles that were stolen but were recovered are a Peugeot 406 and Ford Sierra at £1,000.
On the other end of the spectrum, a Mercedes Benz CL63 AMG (£120,000) and a Bentley GTC (£130,000) were the most expensive cars in this list.
However, they only make up 1% of the total number of cars stolen and recovered in 2010. Stephen Doran also advised that as keys were used to steal about 84% of these cars, all the car owners have to make sure to secure their keys always.
If a tracking device is fitted on the car, the chances of the police finding the stolen vehicle will significantly increase. TRACKER works in the same way as an electronic homing device, and combines GSM, GPS and VHF technology. Doran emphasized that the figures in its survey indicate that all car owners are a target for thieves.
Awesomely, BMW designers and engineers created over 4,000 new parts for the new powertrains and design elements of the 2011 BMW X5. In fact, BMW is making available two new powertrains for the 2011 model year, resulting to the new BMW X5 xDrive50i and BMW X5 xDrive35i. Designs of all X5 models will also be updated to further make them more appealing and imposing down the road.
For 2011, the BMW X5 features a well-proportioned body that reveals its imposing presence and agility. Its proportions expose a good balance between its front and rear, thanks to its short front and rear body overhangs, long wheelbase, and large light-alloy wheels. Its square-shaped, flared wheel arches indicate the X5's all-wheel drive traction capability. The X5’s almost 50-50 front-rear weight distribution is apparent through the upward sweeping body lines.
On the other hand, the sides of the new X5 are marked by strong flowing lines, with the surface of the hood running into the waistline. Also, the X5 features an inclined contour line at the door handle level extending from the front wheel arches to the rear. Dynamism and imposing presence are the themes revealed through the BMW X5’s front end – thanks to its distinctively contoured hood, dual round headlights and large BMW kidney grille.
Since the front end of the new BMW X5 comes with more elements painted in body color, it seems lower than before. In addition, the increase in the power output of the engine has been well conveyed through the larger central and outer air intakes. Likewise, the entire width of the central air intake now features a matte-finished silver protection plate – implemented to further highlight both the muscular features and character of the new BMW X5.
The German premium carmaker has also made the black trim at the bottom edge of the body narrower. On the other hand, the carmaker has located the X5’s dual round Xenon Adaptive headlights and fog lamps higher and closer to the kidney grille. The SAV now features new headlight fixtures with BMW's signature corona rings acting as position lights and daytime driving lights. The elegance and visual appeal of the front end of the new BMW X5 have been mirrored stylishly on the rear, giving rise to the newly designed rear apron.
Interestingly, the dual exhaust pipes have been finished in body color to emphasize the premium character of the new BMW X5 while the center is provided with a matte-finished silver protection feature to highlight the vehicle’s strength and durability.