This flagship model from a famous Japanese brand is a delight for car thieves.
Car theft is still a very lucrative business for thugs looking for easy money. After a decrease during the confinements due to Covid-19, the figures have also started to rise again. the rise. Thus, according to a study carried out by the magazine Auto-Plus, no less than 134,000 vehicles have been sold. stolen & their owners in France in 2022. This is equivalent to 367 car thefts per day, one every…4 minutes!
If flight techniques are increasingly well established, particularly at Using electronic boxes to open doors without breaking in, many criminals mainly target certain rooms during their thefts. This is very often the case for the Toyota Prius. In 2021, the Toyota Prius made a sensational entry into the hit parade of the most stolen cars in France. Absent from the ranking the previous year, the Japanese brand's sedan has become in one year the most popular model in the world. thugs.
Very popular in many markets, particularly among taxi drivers, the hybrid model from the Japanese manufacturer particularly attracts thieves for a coin This essential: its catalytic converter. On all vehicles, the catalyst – whose function is to transform the heating gases to make them less toxic – contains precious metals (platinum, palladium, rhodium). But the Prius, due to the very high temperature of its exhaust gases, contains much more than the average. The crooks have understood this well and are specifically targeting the high-value catalytic converters of the Japanese sedan, resold for more than 1,000 euros on the Japanese market. black.
One of the main problems faced by the confronted&eac; Toyota is that the catalytic converter placedé under his cars was far too apparent. With a simple jack and a grinder, the thieves cut up the pot in a matter of minutes. After hearing about the skyrocketing number of catalytic converter thefts on its sedan, the Japanese manufacturer counterattacked by suggesting that: rant à its customers, but as an option (!), to enclose them in a protective shield in order to complicate the task of the thugs. Priced at almost 130 euros excluding installation costs, this metal plate is now also available ;e on other Toyota and Lexus models (Toyota's top of the range). A way for the car manufacturer to better protect its products, while bringing a little more money into its coffers…