An armoured car for those with a penchant for reducing their carbon footprint has been introduced by a Texas company. Texas Armoring Corporation (TAC) has has released what it says is the world’s first bulletproof Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid sedan. Company representatives reported that the luxury Mercedes-Benz hybrid vehicle is capable of defeating multiple high-power assault rifle rounds at close range from weapons like the AK-47 and M-16, while still maintaining incredible fuel efficiency and overall engine performance. TAC executives disclosed that well-equipped S400 Hybrid models outfitted with the company’s flagship T6 lightweight protection package will be priced at $255,000.00 USD plus options and that units will be available for pre-order in the United States and Europe beginning January 3, 2011. TAC President and CEO Trent Kimball stated, “Armouring hybrid and electric vehicles is the future, and we’re excited to lead our industry in this new direction by helping our clients stay protected while still considering the environment. Our armoured Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid sedan is truly a category-creating product, and we hope to bring quality, lightweight armoured hybrid vehicles to market throughout the world in 2011. We created the luxury armoured hybrid category earlier this year with the release of our bulletproof Cadillac Escalade Hybrid SUV, and this new product solidifies our place as the market leader in terms of innovation and quality even further.” Kimball continued, “Our advanced lightweight armouring materials and cooperation with industry giants like Honeywell have allowed us to produce bulletproof cars, trucks and SUVs that are 30-40% lighter than the competition. Traditional armouring applications would add far too much weight to the base vehicle to make hybrid vehicles viable platforms for armouring — extra weight typically equates to decreased performance and extra stress on critical vehicle systems. However, through a focus on ultra-lightweight-armour applications lightweight bulletproof hybrid vehicles have become a reality. As the world’s leading armoured vehicle manufacturer, we focus on lightweight armouring, superior protection, remarkable finishing, and comprehensive support, and we plan to make even more history in 2011.