Prime Minister Tony Abbott and other senior government ministers will soon be seen in a fleet of high-security BMW 7 Series.
After decades of supporting the locally-built Ford Fairlane, Ford LTD, Holden Statesman and most recently, the Holden Caprice, the Federal Government has begun the switch to an imported model.
Holden has already confirmed the Caprice - or any other long-wheelbase sedan - will not be available once production at the Elizabeth plant ends in 2017, and Ford ceased production of its Fairlane and LTD models years ago.
With that in mind, the Federal Government has wasted no time seeking a replacement and the German-built, grenade-proof, long-wheelbase 760Li High Security has been selected.
Costing over $500,000 each, the limousine carrying the famous ‘C1’ number plate will offer up to ‘VR9’ levels of security.
BMW Australia said it has purchased nine 760Li examples for now, but as the current fleet of Caprices is gradually retired there is scope for a much larger order from the Federal Government.
“The vehicles are BMW armoured security vehicles with identical engineering and performance specifications. The sale of the vehicles was completed through an official tender process conducted between BMW and the Australian government,” BMW said in a statement.
The ‘CommCar’ fleet currently includes many ‘standard’ models from Ford, Holden, Toyota and others along with the high-security variants, but without the need to directly support the local new-car manufacturing industry the CommCar fleet of the future could look very different.