The Truth About Cars » state car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:30:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » state car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Citroen C5 Beats BMW 528i As Israel’s New State Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/citroen-c5-beats-bmw-528i-as-israels-new-state-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/citroen-c5-beats-bmw-528i-as-israels-new-state-car/#comments Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:20:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463423

50 Cabinet ministers, judges and high ranking police officials in Israel were offered the choice of a new state car this past summer, and had the option of a BMW 528i or a Citroen C5. 28 of the 50, mostly cabinet ministers, picked the Citroen after a significant public backlash surrounded the BMWs.

With growing social unrest over unaffordable housing prices, picking a $79,000 BMW as one’s taxpayer-funded car would be rather unseemly. Instead, the $46,555 Citroen C5 will be employed by top government officials, including Israel’s chief central banker. But according to Israeli business publication Globes, even the C5 is

“Not the regular Citroen C5 that Israelis buy, but the executive version (which is not sold much in Israel), equipped with all the bells and whistles, including leather seats and a multimedia system, but still a Citroen C5 – a large vehicle with an image of a grey-collar car, and without the pretentiousness of a luxury brand.”

BMW reportedly offered discounts in line with the Citroen’s retail price, but the ensuing backlash led to the overwhelming adoption of the Citroen. During the last round of state car tenders, officials could choose between an Audi A6 and the Skoda Superb, with most choosing the Audi. This time around, an election is coming up sooner rather than later, and public perception matters much more, especially with Israelis caring deeply about “social justice” issues. Not mentioned officially (but felt deeply) was the issue of the appropriateness of taxpayer funded German cars. Skoda seems to get a pass due to the little known Czech-Israel arms connection, and most cabinet ministers had no qualms about the Audis; but there’s a reason Ariel Sharon drove a Volvo and Meir Dagan was loyal to Peugeot.

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