September 29, 2009 10:31
Hyundai Motor has built Korea's first bulletproof vehicles and donated them to Cheong Wa Dae. The carmaker said Monday that three bulletproof limousine versions of its Equus luxury sedan were delivered to the presidential office at an event with Kim In-jong, chief of the Presidential Security Service, and Kim Yong-hwan, CEO of Hyundai Motor.
Until now the presidential office has used only imported armored vehicles, including Mercedes-Benz and BMW models. A Hyundai Motor official said the bulletproof Equus limos will be used to ensure the safety of VIPs during the G20 summit to be held in Korea next year, elevating the image of Korean vehicles.
The carmaker did not provide details on the new limos because they have yet to be commercialized, but said their specifications rival those of Mercedes-Benz or BMW bulletproof vehicles.
The German automakers use armor standards set by Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office, and all the presidential office's bulletproof vehicles are known to be rated sixth or seventh level, which is capable of withstanding a nearby blast of 15 kg of TNT.
The armored Equus vehicles feature a modified version of Hyundai's 400-hp, V8 Tau engine.
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