The appearance of thrift

There are some among us who think it would be perfectly fine to keep filling GSA parking facilities with the last-generation Chevrolet Impala, which is dirt-cheap to buy yet is big enough to keep J. Random Bureaucrat from thinking he’s been consigned to a penalty box, no thanks to those ungrateful citizens.

Does this work in Israel? Kinda sorta:

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 Citroën C5. 28 of the 50, mostly cabinet ministers, picked the Citroën after a significant public backlash surrounded the BMWs.

The Bimmer’s $30k-higher sticker was the official reason given, though Munich served notice that it was ready to deal. Apparently not a factor: the fact that said BMW was built in, um, Germany.

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4 comments

  1. Tatyana »

    12 October 2012 · 8:08 pm

    Your timing is perfect.
    Yesterday at a business meeting the Client (General manager of a multi-star luxury hotel in Manhattan) discussing schedules told us he is leaving for car trip to Europe. Car-trip meaning he, AS USUAL, goes to Munich to pick up a new BMW, take it on a week-long trip, and then load it on a cruiser and cross the puddle back.

    Seems to me Beemer’s well-being is not threatened by Israeli-bureaucrats’ rejections. As long as American show-ups provide the demand…

  2. Tatyana »

    12 October 2012 · 8:09 pm

    a typo: should be “show-offs”.

  3. Peter »

    13 October 2012 · 9:31 am

    Then again, a government official in Israel might have very good reasons for driving a car that’s less notable than a BMW 5-series. Anonymity = safety.

  4. Charles Pergiel »

    13 October 2012 · 12:19 pm

    Wondering what a C5 looks like, I Googled and got this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMQnPWjK5pE
    I really don’t know what to think.

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