16 thoughts on “Dutch king’s pricey new car

    • Yes, many people buy a new car because their old car breaks down (and not paid for by the taxpayers, unlike this case). Still more people around the world don’t own cars at all.


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  8. It is an armoured car and likely includes other security features as well. Does the Dutch King need an armoured car? What does an armoured car cost?

    In comparison to recent cars purchased for the President of the United States and the Queen of England, 600K Euro may be a modest expenditure.

    Have you seen The Beast? (US presidential state car) A little about it it from wikipedia:
    “The Secret Service refers to the heavily armored vehicle as The Beast. Most details of the car are classified for security reasons. A special night vision system is in a secret location. Goodyear run-flat tires fit into extra-large wheel wells. The car is sealed against biochemical attacks. Kept in the trunk is a blood bank of the President’s blood type.It also has its own oxygen supply.”

    And the Queen of England has a new Bentley State Car. She bought two.
    “For protection of its occupants, the bodywork and glass are armoured, the cabin can be sealed air-tight in case of gas attack and is also blast-resistant, and the tyres are kevlar-reinforced.”

    No word on the price of these but very likely a great deal more than the Dutch King’s A8.


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