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President Barack Obama is currently in Israel and the presidential limo was brought from Washington, D.C. to the country for the visit. Except it’s not going to be going anywhere, other than on a trailer and heading back to the U.S.
Throughout it’s 62 year history, Israel has had an uneasy relationship with German cars. While Israel and Germany have strong diplomatic relationships, its government agencies have stayed away from using Mercedes-Benz or Volkswagen cars, even though they comprise most of the Israeli taxi fleet. Instead, Skodas and Volvos have been popular, in recognition of the respective countries efforts to provide arms to Israel and save Jews during the Holocaust.
It looks like that trend will be coming to a close, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be the first Prime Minister to enjoy a fleet of three bulletproofed Audi A8L W12 sedans. Netanyahu’s current fleet of Toyota Land Cruisers and Chevrolet Suburbans are apparently being replaced by the Audis, which will also be used to ferry other VIPs around while in the country.
As you might expect, the A8s will have the best available armoring, since Netanyahu is what the American military would call a “high value target”. Israel’s security services allegedly blew up a prototype A8 to test the various safety features of the car, which should be capable of protecting occupants against gunfire, roadside bombs, grenades and even rocket attacks. Inside, the usual luxury features, like leather seats and a sunroof will go along with more opulent ones like a fridge, DVD player and a humidor.
The three A8s will cost a total of $3 million dollars, replacing the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG as the most expensive model for sale in Israel. Audi’s Israeli importer quoted a base price of $685,000 for a comparably equipped A8 W12, not including the 110% sales tax, so we can only assume that the government got a wholesale discount.
[Source: Ynet News]
General Motors’ Opel division is set to expand outside of Europe with its establishment in Chile and Israel. Reports say that GM has inked a deal with an independent distributor to sell Opel vehicles in Israel, independent of GM’s vehicle distribution channel in the country.
Despite selling Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and Isuzu, through one channel, Opel will be sold through its own network perhaps because of Opel’s premium positioning.
Meanwhile, Opel will launch in Chile as brand makes a foray into Latin America. Chile is South America’s most prosperous economies and avoids the high taxes that neighbouring Brazil places on cars. Michael Klaus, the executive director of Opel international operations, told the AP that “German automotive engineering has a high appeal in South America and we are glad to start with Chile.”
[Source: Sympatico Autos]
The Israeli Defence Force already uses the Hummer H1 and the Toyota Hilux pickup for various duties, but now, one of the worlds most ferocious fighting forces is looking to add a frugal Ford to their lineup.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz is reporting that the IDF is looking into the Ford Escape Hybrid as a support vehicle, mobile command center, light-duty transport vehicle or as a means to evacuate wounded soldiers. The main reason for the adoption of the Escape Hybrid is for fuel savings, but some theorize that the savings will be diminished on the rugged terrain usually seen in combat. The IDF will be evaluating the electromagnetic fields emitted by the Escape as well, to ensure that it will not interfere with any of the soldiers equipment.
The IDF previously tested a diesel Mahindra pickup from India, but it failed to meet the Army’s requirements.
[Source: Green Car Reports]