Bentley Motors, the well-known British luxury car manufacturer, in response to demand for opulent armoured cars from affluent clients in Latin America, Russia, and the Middle East, may take steps to enter the bullet-proof vehicle market.
According to British newspaper The Guardian, Bentley CFO Jan-Henrik Lafrentz said: “There is … demand from Russia and the Middle East and [Latin America]. For these markets, security is an issue. We are looking at the business case for making armored cars.”
“There is also demand from Russia and the Middle East. We cannot do this for just one country. There are other countries where there is need for this.”
Although the CFO spoke on the subject with The Guardian, the company did not wish to discuss the subject further and kept mum on the issue, only offering that Bentley does not make armor-plated cars at its Crewe factory. The company refused to mention if armored vehicles had been manufactured in the past. However, Prince Charles drives a Turbo R Bentley that is allegedly bulletproof.
Jaguar Land Rover, a maker of high-end vehicles also based in the United Kingdom, is already a key player in the armored vehicle industry and offers bullet-proof, highly secure versions of its iconic brands. The vehicles are made by specialists in the armored car field.