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Russian armored vehicle company Dartz claims its ultra-safe Prombron Iron Diamond SUV is perfectly suited for women. It now seems, however, that what they meant to say is that it’s perfect for women to pose with in revealing outfits.
At least that’s the message we’re getting from the company’s latest YouTube video, which includes a PlayBoy bunny and some RussoBaltique Vodka.
You can watch the video after the jump, but consider yourself warned – it’s a little risqué for some offices. Still, this is hardly the most shocking thing Dartz has done. This is the same company that once offered a what penis interior.
Watch the video after the jump:
Last week President Obama announced his new ‘Green Fleet’ plan that would see all of the government’s 600,000 vehicles be either hybrids, plug-in electrics or flex-fuel models by 2015. There are, however, a few exceptions – most notably ‘The Beast’.
The nickname for the President’s armored Cadillac limousine, also referred to as Cadillac One, it is exempt from the new rules. Secret Service Special Agent Robert Novy confirmed as much to Fox News, commenting that, “certain specialized vehicles with law enforcement and security specifications are not subject to this directive.” Included in that list is ‘The Beast’, which features 5-inch thick reinforced walls, it’s own oxygen system and a blood bank in the trunk is reported to get just 8-mpg.
Those of us who live in societies where the rule of law is respected can go about our daily business without having to look over our shoulder. For the rest of the world, this luxury isn’t exactly available, so solutions must be devised to help people live in some semblance of peace and security.
For those with a bit of money, an armored car is often a practical solution. Looking identical to the standard version of a common vehicle, armored cars can do everything from emit smoke screens to sonic siren blasts to protect occupants from IED blasts.
The ongoing violence (bordering on outright warfare) in Mexico has lead to explosive growth in the armored car market. While Latin America’s wealthy have traditionally been loyal customers, Mexico alone is now expected to be worth $80 million annually, as scared citizens bring in everything from the usual Suburbans to older Kias and Hondas in an effort to be discrete and protect themselves from harm. According to a report in USA Today, even OEMs are getting into the act of targeting the growing middle class market, with Volkswagen offering an armored Jetta for the still-expensive amount of $70,000.
With Mexico City listed as the #1 location for kidnappings, the Mexican armored car market looks like a growth industry that shows no signs of letting up, to the detriment of the country and its citizens caught in the crossfire.