The Cadillac Escalade used to be the most often stolen vehicle in the United States, based on surveys by Highway Loss Data Institute. But not anymore! The Escalade that had been topping the list of most theft-prone vehicle in the US has dropped to sixth. According to HLDI, an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the instances of Escalade being stolen had dropped mainly due to General Motor's effort to overhaul the vehicle to prevent it from becoming a victim of thieves.
HLDI vice president Matt Moore said in a statement that GM has placed "a lot of effort into new antitheft technology," which may explain the Escalade's decline on its list. Topping HLDI's most theft-prone vehicle list was the Ford F-250 crew-cab with four-wheel drive, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Chevrolet Avalanche 1500. Completing the top five are the GMC Sierra 1500 crew and the Ford F-350 crew with four-wheel drive. HLDI's rankings covered model years 2010 to 2012.
According to GM spokeswoman Sharon Basel, the Escalade has received a number of major anti-theft upgrades, many of which were implemented for the 2012 model year. The Escalade now features the PASS-Key III+ system, which provides more sophisticated encryption for the key and key cylinder. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on the other hand, said in its own report that the Dodge Charger is the most often stolen vehicle in the country.
According to NHTSA, the Charger was the most stolen car during the 2011 calendar year, with 4.8 thefts for every 1,000 cars produced in the year. It was followed by the Mitsubishi Galant, Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet HHR. Although the HLDI and the NHTSA disagrees on what vehicle is the most stolen unit in the US, they both have the same conclusion -- theft of vehicles produced lately is rapidly declining in the country.
Looking at the exterior of the 2011 Dodge Charger, that it is aerodynamic is clear but at the same time efficiency is also present. It could be because this model was mainly inspired by the iconic Charger released during the late 1960s, the second generation of this range. Further, the design is one that will surely tug the hearts of any Dodge performance fans, no matter what generation they belong.
Specifically, the design is influenced directly from the Dodge Charger coupes released between 1968 and 1970. The aluminum hood for example has those dual “scallops” resulting in the front section having that sculptured appearance. This design heritage is continued to the large scallops on the side of the vehicle’s body. It gives the doors that powerful A-line which evokes the high-performance tradition of the Dodge Charger.
Starting from the front section and going all the way to the rear is the trademarked “coke bottle” horizontal door. Combined with the body-side shape, it allows the fenders in the front and the rear to have muscular proportions resulting in a profile that is truly intimidating. Further, the new Dodge Charger continues to have that menacing “ready to attack the road” appearance.
Indeed, it even puts its rivals in the E-segment sedan class in the middle of its signature “split crosshair” grille. Already highly detailed, the design of the grille has been made even more intricate. Further, the chromed surrounds now have that black satin inset. Meanwhile behind this new model’s chromed grille is the split hexagon grate where the latest “Dodge” badge has been placed.
Looking at the bodysides of this fastback four-door coupe, not only is it flared but it has been made even more prominent. In terms of figures, the shoulder lines and the roof rails have an offset amounting to 6 inches. This gives the new Dodge Charger a performance stance that is more “planted,” much like the second-generation coupes. Meanwhile surrounding the wheels are the performance-sculpted surfaces.
Compared to the prior model, the brand tightened the tire-to-body fitment by 8 mm. This not only improves the aerodynamics but offers a look that is sportier and stronger. Enhancing the aerodynamics further, and even the attitude, is the deck-lid spoiler. While the spoiler will be included in the Charger R/T as standard, it will be offered for the Charger SE.