Just after a few days of acquiring of a brand new Mercedes Maybach S650 Guard by the SPG for the Prime Minister, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has also switched to a new ride. The head of the South Indian State has ditched his old fleet of white coloured cars for a brand new black-coloured Toyota Innova Crysta.
It is interesting to note that the Innova Crysta is not officially available in this colour. However, this paint option was specially made available for the Chief Minister of Kerala. The shift to a new colour option was done based on a report filed during the tenure of Loknath Behara as the chief of Kerala Police. As per Kerala police, the official car of the Chief Minister is changed once in every four months. The new Innova Crysta is a part of the latest change, and for this, a total amount of Rs 63 lakh was allotted to the police a few months ago.
Right now, the fleet of Pinarayi Vijayan consists of four different cars, out of which three are Toyota Innova Crysta and one is a Tata Harrier. The new black-coloured Innova Crysta acquired for Vijayan sports an exclusive number plate, which sports the digit ‘1’ to mark his supremacy. Currently, only Vijayan’s car is in a shade of black, though in the coming months, the rest of the vehicles in his fleet will be transformed to black-coloured cars.
Why political leaders are seen in black-coloured cars?
It is not the first time that a prominent political leader has opted for a black-coloured car. The S650 Guard acquired for the Prime Minister recently was in the same shade too, just like his erstwhile cars like BMW 7-Series High Security and Range Rover Sentinel. Even the President of India is seen in a black coloured Mercedes Benz. Not only the Indian politicians, even the other prominent leaders all over the world, including the President of the USA, are seen in black cars, and there are strong reasons to support this trend.
Firstly, black is seen as a formal colour, along with white and grey, which is reflected in the official wear of the politicians, irrespective of the gender. Secondly, black is perceived to be a colour of authority and power, and is one of the shades with the most amount of road presence.
However, the biggest reason why black is chosen as the official colour of the motorcade of a prominent politician is due to security reasons. The visibility of black is usually low in low light conditions and night time, which make them lesser visible to out-worldly threat. This makes them safe in night conditions, when the probability of an attack is high.
Coming back to the Toyota Innova Crysta MPV sold in India, it is offered with two engine options: a 2.7 liter-4 cylinder petrol engine and a 2.4 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine. More than 90 % of sales come from the diesel engined variants, which are available with 6 speed manual and torque converter automatic gearbox options. All variants of the Innova are rear wheel driven. The MPV is highly regarded for its exceptional reliability, great comfort and low maintenance costs.
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