[Federal Register Volume 68, Number 182 (Friday, September 19, 2003)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 54857-54861]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 03-238]



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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

49 CFR Part 541

[Docket No. NHTSA-2002-11443; Notice 02]
RIN 2127-AJ00


Final Theft Data; Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 
Department of Transportation.

ACTION: Publication of final theft data.

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SUMMARY: This document publishes the final data on thefts of model year 
(MY) 2001 passenger motor vehicles that occurred in calendar year (CY) 
2001. The final 2001 theft data indicate an increase in the vehicle 
theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2001. The final theft rate for MY 2001 
passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 2001 (3.26 thefts per 
thousand vehicles) increased by 12.8 percent from the theft rate for 
CY/MY 2000 (2.89 thefts per thousand vehicles) when compared to the 
theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2000. Publication of these data 
fulfills NHTSA's statutory obligation to periodically obtain accurate 
and timely theft data and publish the information for review and 
comment.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Deborah Mazyck, Office of Planning 
and Consumer Standards, NHTSA, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 
20590. Ms. Mazyck's telephone number is (202) 366-0846. Her fax number 
is (202) 493-2290.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NHTSA administers a program for reducing 
motor vehicle theft. The central feature of this program is the Federal 
Motor Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard, 49 CFR part 541. The standard 
specifies performance requirements for inscribing and affixing vehicle 
identification numbers (VINs) onto certain major original equipment and 
replacement parts of high-theft lines of passenger motor vehicles.
    The agency is required by 49 U.S.C. 33104(b)(4) to periodically 
obtain, from the most reliable source, accurate and timely theft data 
and publish the data for review and comment. To fulfill this statutory 
mandate, NHTSA has published theft data annually beginning with MYs 
1983/84. Continuing to fulfill the section 33104(b)(4) mandate, this 
document reports the final theft data for CY 2001, the most recent 
calendar year for which data are available.
    In calculating the 2001 theft rates, NHTSA followed the same 
procedures it used in calculating the MY 2000 theft rates. (For 2000 
theft data calculations, see 67 FR 53756, August 19, 2002.) As in all 
previous reports, NHTSA's data were based on information provided to 
NHTSA by the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) of the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation. The NCIC is a government system that receives 
vehicle theft information from nearly 23,000 criminal justice agencies 
and other law enforcement authorities throughout the United States. The 
NCIC data also include reported thefts of self-insured and uninsured 
vehicles, not all of which are reported to other data sources.
    The 2001 theft rate for each vehicle line was calculated by 
dividing the number of reported thefts of MY 2001 vehicles of that line 
stolen during calendar year 2001 by the total number of vehicles in 
that line manufactured for MY 2001, as reported to the Environmental 
Protection Agency (EPA).
    The final 2001 theft data show an increase in the vehicle theft 
rate when compared to the theft rate experienced in CY/MY 2000. The 
final theft rate for MY 2001 passenger vehicles stolen in calendar year 
2001 increased to 3.26 thefts per thousand vehicles produced, an 
increase of 12.8 percent from the rate of 2.89 thefts per thousand 
vehicles experienced by MY 2000 vehicles in CY 2000. For MY 2001 
vehicles, out of a total of 217 vehicle lines, 67 lines had a theft 
rate higher than 3.5826 per thousand vehicles, the established median 
theft rate for MYs 1990/1991. (See 59 FR 12400, March 16, 1994.) Of the 
67 vehicle lines with a theft rate higher than 3.5826, 56 are passenger 
car lines, eight are multipurpose passenger vehicle lines, and none are 
light-duty truck lines.
    On Tuesday, April 15, 2003, NHTSA published the preliminary theft 
rates for CY 2001 passenger motor vehicles in the Federal Register (68 
FR 18181). The agency tentatively ranked each of the MY 2001 vehicle 
lines in descending order of theft rate. The public was requested to 
comment on the accuracy of the data and to provide final production 
figures for individual vehicle lines. The agency used written comments 
to make the necessary adjustments to its data. As a result of the 
adjustments, some of the final theft rates and rankings of vehicle 
lines changed from those published in the April 2003 notice. The agency 
received written comments from DaimlerChrysler Corporation 
(DaimlerChrysler) and Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VW). In its 
comments, DaimlerChrysler informed the agency that the production 
volumes listed for the Chrysler Town & Country and the Chrysler Voyager 
lines were incorrect. Specifically, the production volume for the 
Chrysler Town and Country reflected the Town & Country all-wheel drive 
vehicles only. The production volume for the Chrysler Voyager reflected 
the total volume for the Voyager and Town & Country 2-wheel drive 
vehicles. In response to this comment, the production volumes for the 
Chrysler Town & Country and the Chrysler Voyager have been corrected 
and the final theft list has been revised accordingly. As a result of 
the correction, the Chrysler Town & Country previously ranked No. 1 
with a theft rate of 22.9800, is now ranked No. 143 with a theft rate 
of 1.7196, and the Chrysler Voyager previously ranked No. 199 with a 
theft rate of 0.4605 is now ranked No. 120 with a theft rate of 2.1700.
    Volkswagen also informed the agency that the production volumes for 
the Audi S4/Quattro and the Audi A6/Quattro were incorrect. Upon later 
review by Volkswagen, it was confirmed that the listed production 
volumes were not in error. Therefore, the production volumes will 
remain unchanged.
    The following list represents NHTSA's final calculation of theft 
rates for all 2001 passenger motor vehicle lines. This list is intended 
to inform the public of calendar year 2001 motor vehicle thefts of 
model year 2001 vehicles and does not have any effect on the 
obligations of regulated parties under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 331, Theft 
Prevention.

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           Final Theft Rates of Model Year 2001 Passenger Motor Vehicles Stolen in Calendar Year 2001
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                                                                                                     2001  theft
                                                                                                     rate  (per
          No.                 Manufacturer         Make/model (line)    Thefts  2001   Production       1,000
                                                                                      (Mfr's) 2001    vehicles
                                                                                                      produced)
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1......................  Daimler Chrysler......  Dodge Intrepid.......         1,442       113,333       12.7236
2......................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Metro......           199        15,999       12.4383
3......................  Honda.................  Acura Integra........           148        14,092       10.5024
4......................  Daimlerchrysler.......  Plymouth Neon........           400        38,651       10.3490
5......................  Daimlerchrysler.......  Dodge Neon...........         1,047       101,410       10.3244
6......................  DaimlerChrlysler......  Dodge Stratus........         1,115       109,015       10.2280
7......................  Mitsubishi............  Mirage...............           447        48,393        9.2369
8......................  Suzuki................  Esteem...............           152        18,713        8.1227
9......................  DaimlerChrlysler......  Chrysler LHS.........            86        11,413        7.5353
10.....................  General Motors........  Pontiac Firebird/               149        20,084        7.4188
                                                  Trans AM/Formula.
11.....................  Mitsubishi............  Galant...............           729       102,990        7.0784
12.....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Camaro.....           193        28,278        6.8251
13.....................  Mitsubishi............  Montero..............           258        38,599        6.6841
14.....................  General Motors........  Pontiac Grand Am.....         1,192       182,220        6.5415
15.....................  General Motors........  Buick Regal..........           340        52,492        6.4772
16.....................  Mitsubishi............  Montero Sport........           402        64,115        6.2700
17.....................  Jaguar................  S-Type...............           126        20,102        6.2680
18.....................  Ford Motor Co.........  Ford Escort..........           536        87,019        6.1596
19.....................  Ford Motor Co.........  Lincoln LS...........           256        41,817        6.1219
20.....................  DaimlerChrlysler......  Chrysler 300M........           228        37,284        6.1152
21.....................  General Motors........  Pontiac Sunfire......           445        73,808        6.0292
22.....................  Honda.................  Acura NSX............             1           167        5.9880
23.....................  Mitsubishi............  Diamante.............            77        13,667        5.6340
24.....................  Ford Motor Co.........  Ford Mustang.........           869       155,039        5.6050
25.....................  DaimlerChrlysler......  Chrysler Sebring.....           407        73,543        5.5342
26.....................  KIA Motors............  Optima...............           134        24,754        5.4133
27.....................  DaimlerChrlysler......  Chrysler Concorde....           147        28,030        5.2444
28.....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Cavalier...         1,136       217,438        5.2245
29.....................  Suzuki................  Vitara/Grand.........           281        53,810        5.2221
30.....................  Toyota................  Corolla..............         1,201       230,246        5.2162
31.....................  Nissan................  Altima...............           706       137,253        5.1438
32.....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Malibu.....           956       186,788        5.1181
33.....................  DaimlerChrlysler......  Chrysler Sebring                200        39,668        5.0418
                                                  Convertible.
34.....................  Toyota................  Lexus IS.............           155        30,959        5.0066
35.....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Lumina.....           213        42,803        4.9763
36.....................  General Motors........  Oldsmobile Alero.....           548       112,455        4.8731
37.....................  General Motors........  Cadillac DeVille.....           428        87,909        4.8687
38.....................  Isuzu.................  Trooper..............            91        18,818        4.8358
39.....................  KIA Motors............  Rio..................           276        57,340        4.8134
40.....................  Mitsubishi............  Eclipse..............           380        79,034        4.8081
41.....................  Mazda.................  Millenia.............            85        17,969        4.7304
42.....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Monte Carlo           324        68,518        4.7287
43.....................  Audi..................  S4/Quattro...........            72        15,301        4.7056
44.....................  Toyota................  4Runner..............           373        83,052        4.4912
45.....................  General Motors........  GMC Jimmy S15/T15....           209        46,905        4.4558
46.....................  DaimlerChrlysler......  Chrysler Neon\1\.....             3           682        4.3988
47.....................  Nissan................  Maxima...............           447       102,260        4.3712
48.....................  Hyundai...............  Sonata...............           204        46,989        4.3414
49.....................  Rolls-Royce...........  Bentley Arnage.......             2           466        4.2918
50.....................  General Motors........  Oldsmobile Intrigue..           168        39,491        4.2541
51.....................  Jaguar................  XK8..................            19         4,501        4.2213
52.....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Prizm......           209        50,141        4.1682
53.....................  DaimlerChrlysler......  Jeep Cherokee/Grand..         1,376       338,673        4.0629
54.....................  Honda.................  Prelude..............            46        11,329        4.0604
55.....................  General Motors........  Oldsmobile Bravada...            44        10,935        4.0238
56.....................  General Motors........  Pontiac Bonneville...           175        43,842        3.9916
57.....................  KIA Motors............  Sephia/Spectra.......           296        74,516        3.9723
58.....................  General Motors........  Pontiac Grand Prix...           466       117,647        3.9610
59.....................  Mercedes-Benz.........  129 (SL-Class).......            16         4,080        3.9216
60.....................  Isuzu.................  Rodeo................           242        62,963        3.8435
61.....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Blazer S10/           629       163,771        3.8407
                                                  T10.
62.....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Corvette...           124        33,204        3.7345
63.....................  KIA Motors............  Sportage.............           215        57,927        3.7116
64.....................  Ford Motor Co.........  Lincoln Town Car.....           255        68,832        3.7047
65.....................  Ford Motor Co.........  Mercury Sable........           364        98,867        3.6817
66.....................  Daewoo................  Leganza..............            73        20,112        3.6297
67.....................  Ford Motor Co.........  Ford Focus...........           964       267,470        3.6041
68.....................  Toyota................  Celica...............           126        35,540        3.5453

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69.....................  Ford Motor Co.........  Ford Taurus..........         1,238       351,813        3.5189
70.....................  Toyota................  Lexus GS.............           105        29,858        3.5166
71.....................  General Motors........  Cadillac Seville.....            88        25,157        3.4980
72.....................  Mercedes-Benz.........  215 (CL-Class).......            11         3,162        3.4788
73.....................  Suzuki................  Swift................            15         4,375        3.4286
74.....................  Mazda.................  626..................           173        51,355        3.3687
75.....................  BMW...................  Z8...................             3           895        3.3520
76.....................  Hyundai...............  Accent...............           256        77,491        3.3036
77.....................  Nissan................  Infiniti Q45.........             6         1,846        3.2503
78.....................  Daewoo................  Lanos................            69        21,626        3.1906
79.....................  Toyota................  Camry................         1,123       353,219        3.1793
80.....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Impala.....           597       188,248        3.1713
81.....................  Nissan................  Sentra...............           335       106,549        3.1441
82.....................  Ford Motor Co.........  Mercury Mountaineer..            45        14,439        3.1166
83.....................  Toyota................  Lexus LX.............            31         9,967        3.1103
84.....................  DaimlerChrysler.......  Chrysler Prowler.....             5         1,632        3.0637
85.....................  Ford Motor Co.........  Ford Explorer........         1,050       344,002        3.0523
86.....................  DaimlerChrysler.......  Dodge Caravan/Grand..           649       218,302        2.9729
87.....................  Jaguar................  XJ8..................            17         5,960        2.8523
88.....................  Hyundai...............  Tiburon..............            64        22,713        2.8178
89.....................  General Motors........  Oldsmobile Aurora....           140        50,034        2.7981
90.....................  General Motors........  Saturn LS............           222        79,562        2.7903
91.....................  Nissan................  Frontier Pickup......           286       102,545        2.7890
92.....................  Mercedes-Benz.........  220 (S-Class)........            85        31,977        2.6582
93.....................  Ford Motor Co.........  Ford Ranger Pickup...           708       266,960        2.6521
94.....................  BMW...................  3....................           307       117,873        2.6045
95.....................  Daewoo................  Nubira...............            35        13,450        2.6022
96.....................  Volvo.................  C70..................            14         5,462        2.5632
97.....................  Nissan................  Infiniti G20.........            18         7,087        2.5399
98.....................  Jaguar................  XKR..................             4         1,588        2.5189
99.....................  DaimlerChrysler.......  Jeep Wrangler........           163        66,366        2.4561
100....................  Honda.................  Acura 3.2 CL.........            94        38,679        2.4303
101....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Astro Van..           104        42,909        2.4237
102....................  General Motors........  Buick Park Avenue....            88        36,407        2.4171
103....................  Jaguar................  XJR..................             3         1,256        2.3885
104....................  Hyundai...............  Santa Fe.............           121        51,088        2.3685
105....................  Toyota................  Lexus LS.............            75        31,738        2.3631
106....................  Hyundai...............  XG...................            47        19,894        2.3625
107....................  General Motors........  Buick Lesabre........           327       140,202        2.3323
108....................  Honda.................  S2000................            23         9,945        2.3127
109....................  Mazda.................  Protege..............           110        47,754        2.3035
110....................  Honda.................  Passport.............            39        16,999        2.2943
111....................  Mercedes-Benz.........  208 (CLK-Class)......            34        14,940        2.2758
112....................  General Motors........  GMC Safari Van.......            33        14,549        2.2682
113....................  General Motors........  Buick Century........           285       126,295        2.2566
114....................  Ford Motor Co.........  Mercury Cougar.......            58        25,810        2.2472
115....................  Audi..................  TT/Quattro...........            47        21,022        2.2358
116....................  BMW...................  7....................            57        25,548        2.2311
117....................  DaimlerChrysler.......  Plymouth Prowler.....             3         1,353        2.2173
118....................  Volvo.................  S40..................            69        31,145        2.2154
119....................  Jaguar................  Vanden Plas..........             8         3,617        2.2118
120....................  DaimlerChrysler.......  Chrysler Voyager.....            78        35,944        2.1700
121....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet S10/T10               354       166,708        2.1235
                                                  Pickup.
122....................  Ford Motor Co.........  Ford F150 Pickup.....           293       138,481        2.1158
123....................  Honda.................  Acura 3.5 RL.........             7         3,312        2.1135
124....................  Volvo.................  S80..................            53        25,203        2.1029
125....................  Subaru................  Impreza..............            19         9,205        2.0641
126....................  Toyota................  Tacoma Pickup........           330       160,222        2.0596
127....................  Ford Motor Co.........   Mercury Grand                  215       104,890        2.0498
                                                  Marquis.
128....................  Hyundai...............  Elantra..............           217       106,418        2.0391
129....................  General Motors........  GMC Sonoma Pickup....            86        42,536        2.0218
130....................  General Motors........  Saturn SC............            94        46,557        2.0190
131....................  Toyota Tundra.........  Pickup...............            38        19,191        1.9801
132....................  Toyota................  RAV4.................           172        87,108        1.9746
133....................  General Motors........  Saturn SL............           214       108,946        1.9643
134....................  Toyota................  Echo.................           103        52,694        1.9547
135....................  Nissan................  Pathfinder...........           172        89,836        1.9146

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136....................  BMW...................  5....................            76        40,591        1.8723
137....................  Porsche...............  911..................            20        10,931        1.8297
138....................  Volkswagen............  Jetta................           281       153,706        1.8282
139....................  Nissan................  Infiniti I30.........            70        39,505        1.7719
140....................  Honda.................  Civic................           603       341,401        1.7663
141....................  Nissan................  Xterra...............           170        96,255        1.7661
142....................  Honda.................  Accord...............           665       379,508        1.7523
143....................  Daimler-Chrysler......  Chrysler Town &                 248       144,218        1.7196
                                                  Country MPV.
144....................  Volkswagen............  Golf/GTI.............            56        32,736        1.7107
145....................  Volvo.................  V40..................             7         4,109        1.7036
146....................  Saab..................  9-5..................            39        23,016        1.6945
147....................  Mercedes-Benz.........  ML...................            68        40,257        1.6891
148....................  Mazda.................  B-Series Pickup......            46        27,490        1.6733
149....................  Audi..................  A4/Quattro...........            58        35,023        1.6561
150....................  Nissan................  Infiniti QX4.........            59        36,778        1.6042
151....................  Daimler-Chrysler......  Chrysler PT Cruiser..           279       176,326        1.5823
152....................  General Motors........  Cadillac Catera......            18        11,568        1.5560
153....................  General Motors........  Pontiac Aztek........            63        41,111        1.5324
154....................  Toyota................  Lexus ES.............            54        35,282        1.5305
155....................  Ford Motor CO.........  Ford Windstar Van....           275       179,687        1.5304
156....................  Volvo.................  V70..................            25        16,408        1.5236
157....................  General Motors........  Saturn SW............             6         3,973        1.5102
158....................  Ford Motor CO.........  Lincoln Continental..            32        21,341        1.4995
159....................  Isuzu.................  Vehicross............             2         1,347        1.4848
160....................  Audi..................  A6/Quattro...........            39        26,592        1.4666
161....................  Porsche...............  Boxster..............            19        12,979        1.4639
162....................  Daimler-Chrysler......  Dodge Dakota Pickup..           230       158,303        1.4529
163....................  Toyota................  MR2 Spyder...........            10         6,950        1.4388
164....................  Ford Motor CO.........  Ford Escape..........           214       151,295        1.4145
165....................  General Motors........  Pontiac Montana Van..            71        50,437        1.4077
166....................  Toyota................  Lexus RX.............           121        86,206        1.4036
167....................  Mercedes-Benz.........  170 (SLK-Class)......            22        16,294        1.3502
168....................  Mercedes-Benz.........  210 (E-Class)........            67        49,628        1.3500
169....................  Honda.................  Acura 3.2 TL.........            46        34,860        1.3196
170....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Venture Van           110        85,346        1.2889
171....................  Audi..................  S8/Quattro...........             1           814        1.2285
172....................  Daimler-Chrysler......  Dodge Viper..........             2         1,643        1.2173
173....................  Nissan................  Quest Van............            37        31,402        1.1783
174....................  Toyota................  Sienna Van...........            99        85,794        1.1539
175....................  Volkswagen............  New Beetle...........            83        72,350        1.1472
176....................  Mercedes-Benz.........  203 (C-Class)........            36        32,931        1.0932
177....................  Volkswagen............  Passat...............            90        82,870        1.0860
178....................  Volkswagen............  Cabrio...............            16        15,479        1.0337
179....................  Toyota................  Avalon...............            79        77,925        1.0138
180....................  General Motors........  Chevrolet Tracker....           108       108,204        0.9981
181....................  General Motors........  Oldsmobile Silhouette            36        36,278        0.9923
                                                  Van.
182....................  Ford Motor CO.........  Mercury Villager Van.            18        18,169        0.9907
183....................  Volvo.................  S60..................            32        33,335        0.9600
184....................  Saab..................  9-3..................            20        20,920        0.9560
185....................  Volvo.................  XC...................            25        27,082        0.9231
186....................  Audi..................  A8/Quattro/L.........             2         2,177        0.9187
187....................  Honda.................  CR-V.................            99       117,003        0.8461
188....................  Volkswagen............  Eurovan/Camper.......             3         3,652        0.8215
189....................  BMW...................  M/Z3.................            15        18,627        0.8053
190....................  General Motors........  Cadillac Eldorado....             8        10,289        0.7775
191....................  Mazda.................  Tribute..............            42        55,827        0.7523
192....................  Toyota................  Highlander...........            52        69,706        0.7460
193....................  Subaru................  Legacy/Outback.......            73        98,623        0.7402
194....................  Honda.................  Acura MDX............            30        41,081        0.7303
195....................  Mazda.................  MX-5 Miata...........            12        18,040        0.6652
196....................  Mazda.................  MPV..................            23        36,356        0.6326
197....................  Subaru................  Forester.............            37        63,015        0.5872
198....................  Ford Motor CO.........  Ford LTD/Crown                   50        89,572        0.5582
                                                  Victoria.
199....................  General Motors........  Saturn LW............             5         9,223        0.5421
200....................  Toyota................  Prius................             7        15,773        0.4438
201....................  Audi..................  Allroad/Quattro......             3         6,840        0.4386
202....................  Honda.................  Odyssey Minivan......            54       123,522        0.4372

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203....................  Quantum Tech..........  Cavalier.............             1         2,417        0.4137
204....................  Honda.................  Insight..............             1         3,426        0.2919
205....................  Aston-Martin..........  DB-7/Vantage/Coupe/               0           348        0.0000
                                                  Volante.
206....................  Rolls-Royce...........  Bentley Azure........             0           100        0.0000
207....................  Rolls-Royce...........  Bentley Continental R             0            22        0.0000
208....................  Rolls-Royce...........  Bentley Continental T             0             8        0.0000
209....................  General Motors........  Cadillac Funeral                  0         2,203        0.0000
                                                  Coach/Hearse.
210....................  Ferrari...............  360..................             0           723        0.0000
211....................  Ferrari...............  456..................             0            64        0.0000
212....................  Ferrari...............  550..................             0           290        0.0000
213....................  Lamborghini...........  DB132/144 Diablo.....             0           150        0.0000
214....................  Rolls-Royce...........  Corniche.............             0            45        0.0000
215....................  Rolls-Royce...........  Park Ward............             0            28        0.0000
216....................  Rolls-Royce...........  Silver Seraph........             0            51        0.0000
217....................  Mitsubishi............  \2\ Nativa...........             0         1,653       0.0000
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\1\ This vehicle was manufactured under the Chrysler nameplate for sale in a U.S. Territories only (Guam,
  American Samoa, Puerto Rico) and the Virgin Islands, (St. Thomas & St. Croix).
\2\ This vehicle was manufactured for sale only in Puerto Rico and represents the U.S. version of the Montero
  Sport line.


    Issued on: September 12, 2003.
Stephen R. Kratzke,
Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 03-23874 Filed 9-17-03; 8:45 am]
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