Jerusalem/Mladá Boleslav - The Israeli government broke taboo that has held since the end of the second World War: the cabinet ministers will get a chance, for the first time, to drive a German car.
Škoda Auto and Audi won the Israeli government tender to supply them with cars for cabinet members. They are to provide 18 vehicles each in the next four to six years.
It is up to each minister to decide whether he or she wants to drive Škoda Superb or Audi A6, the Israeli business daily Globes reports.
Bye, bye, Volvo
German-made cars are to substitute Volvo. The Swedish car-maker´s S80 model didn´t succeed this time around and lost the lucrative order from the Israeli cabinet for the first time since the 70s.
It is little surpising that Škoda Auto representatives consider the deal very important.
"With Superb we are really reaching the higher echelons," the company´s spokesman Jaroslav Černý told Aktuálně.cz.
The cheapest available version of Superb currently on the market will set you back some 620 thousand Czech Crowns, the most expensive costs one million.
If the Israeli ministers decide to follow the example of their Czech colleagues, the will go for the version which just tops the one million price-tag.
You can find the story in its original Czech version here.