Issue: Dec 2010

Texas Armoring Releases World's First Armored Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid Sedan

by Steve Barclay

Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC), the world leader in lightweight armored passenger vehicles, announced today the groundbreaking release of the world's first bulletproof Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid sedan. Company representatives reported that the luxury Mercedes-Benz hybrid vehicle is capable of defeating multiple high-power assault rifle rounds at close range from weapons like the AK-47 and M-16, while still maintaining incredible fuel efficiency and overall engine performance. TAC executives disclosed that well-equipped S400 Hybrid models outfitted with the company's flagship T6 lightweight protection package will be priced at $255,000.00 USD + options and that units will be available for pre-order in the United States and Europe beginning January 3, 2011.

TAC President and CEO Trent Kimball stated, "Armoring hybrid and electric vehicles is the future, and we're excited to lead our industry in this new direction by helping our clients stay protected while still considering the environment. Our armored Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid sedan is truly a category-creating product, and we hope to bring quality, lightweight armored hybrid vehicles to market throughout the world in 2011. We created the luxury armored hybrid category earlier this year with the release of our bulletproof Cadillac Escalade Hybrid SUV, and this new product solidifies our place as the market leader in terms of innovation and quality even further."

Kimball continued, "Our advanced lightweight armoring materials and cooperation with industry giants like Honeywell have allowed us to produce bulletproof cars, trucks and SUVs that are 30-40% lighter than the competition. Traditional armoring applications would add far too much weight to the base vehicle to make hybrid vehicles viable platforms for armoring -- extra weight typically equates to decreased performance and extra stress on critical vehicle systems. However, through a focus on ultra-lightweight-armor applications (e.g., Spectra Shield(R)) lightweight bulletproof hybrid vehicles have become a reality. As the world's leading armored vehicle manufacturer, we focus on lightweight armoring, superior protection, remarkable finishing, and comprehensive support, and we plan to make even more history in 2011.

About Texas Armoring Corporation
Texas Armoring Corporation is the
leading worldwide supplier of lightweight armored passenger vehicles, bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. The firm's origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing armored cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit or call 210.333.0211.

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