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Afternoon round-up: C-class most stolen in 2017, Seat adds Shazam, three fuels for Meridian

Mercedes C-class is most stolen and recovered car in 2017

The Mercedes-Benz C-class was the most stolen and recovered vehicle of 2017, new statistics have vehicle tracking company Tracker have revealed.

The firm said it saw a 5% year-on-year increase in the number of thefts and recoveries in 2017, while it recovered 30% more vehicles last year than in 2011.

“80% of all vehicles stolen and recovered by Tracker in 2017 were stolen without using the owner’s keys; quite a significant increase from the 66% stolen by this means in 2016,” said Andy Barrs, head of police liaison at Tracker. “2017 saw our technology assist officers to make 47 arrests.”

Most stolen and recovered vehicles of 2017:

  1. Mercedes-Benz C Class
  2. BMW X5
  3. Range Rover Sport
  4. Mercedes-Benz E Class
  5. BMW 3 Series
  6. Land Rover Discovery
  7. Range Rover Autobiography
  8. BMW M3
  9. VW Golf
  10. Audi RS4

Seat to add Shazam to its cars

Seat has announced it will install the music discovery app Shazam into its cars from April.

The Spanish firm claimed it is the first car maker to offer the service and will allow drivers to identify songs while driving “in a completely safe manner which reduces distractions.”

“Integrating Shazam will enable us to continue making progress in our goal of delivering maximum safety for our customers and achieving zero road accidents” said Seat president, Luca de Meo.

Three fuels for Meridian

Medium-term rental company Meridian Vehicle Solutions is making diesel, petrol and hybrid versions of the BMW 5-series to cater for the changing needs of fleets.

The firm said it is the first time it has made all three fuels available in a single model range.

“As recently as a year ago, we were a diesel-only fleet but the situation is changing quite quickly and fleets are rapidly becoming accustomed to operating a range of fuel types,” said Phil Jerome, the firm’s MD. “As a broad simplification, those who are covering high mileages tend to choose diesel, those who are concerned about the environment go for petrol and those who are concerned about personal taxation choose a hybrid. It is a question of priorities.”