The prime minister's Jaguar could be replaced with a German BMW or Mercedes after the automaker stopped production during the Covid pandemic
- Jaguar stopped manufacturing the XJ Sentinel after demand plummeted during the pandemic
- PM's Jaguar fleet has been depleted from crashes and breakdowns since 2010
- This means that Mr Johnson may have to resort to German-made BMW or Mercedes
- If so, it would be the first time in history that the ministerial car is not British
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Jaguar could be replaced with a German BMW or Mercedes after the automaker stopped production during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Metropolitan Police, in charge of the Prime Minister's cars, are set to replace the Jaguar XJ Sentinels fleet, but cannot replace them on a comparable basis after the company ceases production of the current model.
According to the Daily Telegraph, the Jaguar fleet has been drained from breakdowns and crashes since they were purchased under David Cameron in 2010.
The Prime Minister's Jaguar XJ Sentinel (pictured) could be replaced by a German car like BMW after Jaguar stopped producing the model when demand plummeted during the pandemic
BMWs are used by the Home Office but could become the Prime Minister's new cars after Jaguar halts production of the current model. In the picture: the luxury sedan of the BMW 7 series
Winston Churchill was the first Prime Minister to have a chauffeured vehicle and opted for the UK-made Humber Super Snipe (pictured here in 1951 when it arrived at the House of Commons).
One such crash occurred on June 17 last year when a protester was walking in front of the motorcade in Westminster.
According to reports, the vehicles have special bulletproof and bombproof security armor, run-flat tires, bulletproof glass and even a self-contained oxygen supply.
The cars have a 5.0 liter supercharged gasoline engine that develops 503 horsepower and a top speed of 165 mph. In comparison, a standard XJ showroom has an output of 385 hp.
Jaguar is expected to launch a new version of the vehicle next year after production was halted due to a drop in demand during the pandemic.
The newspaper reports that Boris Johnson may have to resort to a German-made BMW or Mercedes as the armored vehicle of his choice to attend events that would be the first non-British ministerial car in history.
It would also be the first non-Jaguar car since Margaret Thatcher's tenure.
Former Interior Minister Theresa May is said to have preferred the BMW, but was accompanied in Jaguars when she became Prime Minister in 2016. Image: Jaguar of Mrs. May in Downing St.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher chose this Daimler – a Jaguar company – when she served
Pictured: John Major's Jaguar car sits behind U.S. General Colin Powell's sedan on Downing Street
Any car bought as a replacement for the Jaguar XJ is placed by the Met. The force also provides special officers to accompany the prime minister when attending events in the vehicle.
Boris Johnson is believed to have access to a fleet of armored Range Rovers as well, and a source told the Telegraph the prime minister preferred the extra space compared to the jaguars.
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