September 30, 2011

Auto Briefs

Most-stolen motorcycles and wheelchair-ready vehicle



Honda tops list of most-stolen motorcycles
Motorcycle thefts dropped by 24 percent from 2007 to 2010, the National Insurance Crime Bureau recently reported. There were 65,678 motorcycles reported stolen in 2007 compared with 49,791 in 2010. The top five makes stolen last year were:

1. Honda, 12,260 (2012 Gold Wing shown)
2. Yamaha, 9,853
3. Suzuki, 7,869
4. Kawasaki, 5,470
5. Harley-Davidson, 3,301

--NWautos staff


The first MV-1 off the assembly line went to Marc Buoniconti, who was paralyzed in 1985. (Adam Bird / The Associated Press)

Wheelchair-ready vehicle makes debut
The first factory-built vehicle designed specifically to transport wheelchair users rolled off the line last week. The MV-1, made by Miami-based automaker VPG, costs $40,000. Buying a regular vehicle and having it converted costs around $55,000. The MV-1, which seats six, comes with a wide ramp, a 56-by-36-inch entryway and 190-plus cubic feet of interior room. The MV-1 will be sold through more than 40 existing U.S. dealerships, VPG says.

--The Associated Press


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