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July 12, 2013

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The Armored Group and McSweeney Designs Partner on MD XUV Motorcade


Phoenix, Ariz. -  The Armored Group and McSweeney Designs are pleased to announce the roll-out of the highly-specialized armored MD XUV Motorcade.  This vehicle is the culmination of five months of strategic planning, project development, manufacturing, and testing performed in close collaboration between The Armored Group and McSweeney Designs engineering teams.   

The MD XUV Motorcade was specifically developed as a “one-off” for a foreign Head of State, but The Armored Group and McSweeney Designs have garnered interest for similarly up-fit vehicles from around the globe.  They confirmed that the same equipment is currently being applied on another platform, a GMC Yukon XL, and feel that other vehicles can be outfit with this level of security and luxury as long as the vehicle platform can safely support the additional weight and technical specifications.

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The Armored Group first up-armored the MD XUV Motorcade at their Toronto, Canada, facility before it was sent to McSweeney Design’s luxury coach design and manufacturing facilities in Trussville, Alabama, where the interior was outfitted with an enhanced level of comfort and upscale refinement. 

Some of the unique features of the MD XUV Motorcade include:

  • The "Powerslide" ballistic steel retractable roof system, enables the passenger to have push button access to stand up and address people through the roof of the vehicle while traveling through secured areas.
  • A “Powerlift” function acts as a personal elevator to lift the traveling dignitary up through the roof without having to strain or rely upon some manual folding step ladder.
  • The 3 Stage Security Camera System allows passengers in the rear cabin to monitor the activity in the front and rear of the vehicle as well as that of the driver and front passenger.
  • An enhanced audiophile Audio/ Video/ Media System with a state-of-the-art touchscreen head unit and controls system.
  • Custom Crafted Wooden Fold Out "Gullwing" Tray Tables with the National crest of the vehicles origin gold leafed into the stain.
  • A personal mini fridge.
  • Remote Control Atmospheric and indirect lighting controls.
  • Custom crafted wood trim elements and hand stitched leather appointments.
  • Steel reinforced brush guard and bull bar with motorcade sirens.
  • Lighting and public address system.      

“The McSweeney Designs team is proud to have the opportunity to work in close concert with The Armored Group to consistently develop and deliver highly innovative, world class executive luxury coach and dignitary transportation solutions to our exclusive clientele around the globe,” said Jeffrey Hunter, XO Executive Officer and Director of Business Development for McSweeney Designs, a division of MCM Custom Vehicles.

Robert Pazderka, President of The Armored Group went on to say “the McSweeney Design team exceeded all expectations with the level of superior craftsmanship an innovation that went into the MD XUV Motorcade.  We feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with them on this project and look forward to developing other innovative vehicles together in the future.”

The Armored Group and McSweeney Designs provide customized vehicles that are specifically tailored to the needs of the end user. 

The MD XUV Motorcade Edition is now available for commission and can be extensively tailored to suit the unique needs and bespoke requests of individual clients and end users for a wide variety of applications.

About The Armored Group

The Armored Group (TAG) has over 20 years of experience engineering, manufacturing and modifying armored vehicles for use by government military agencies, law enforcement, private businesses and individual citizens around the world.  TAG will engineer, design, build or modify tactical armored vehicles for any terrain and any environment.  They specialize in three categories of armored vehicles:  SWAT, Luxury protection vehicles and cash-in-transit. 

TAG provides the highest quality armored vehicles available and sets the standard for customization, reliability and protection.  To ensure that all TAG vehicles meet the highest standards of safety, they undergo extreme ballistics testing and have received VPAM-BVR 2009/VR7 Ballistic/ERV 2010 Blast Certification for their Toyota Land Cruiser and Toyota Hilux armoring solutions. 

All facilities are ISO 9001 certified and managed by fully qualified and experienced professionals who serve customers around the world.

TAG is a full-line commercial armored vehicles builder and has provided customized engineering, design and building solutions to a vast array of clients including law enforcement agencies all over the world, Brinks, Loomis, Dunbar Armored, KBR, Lockheed Martin, DynCorp, U.S. Army and Air Force, U.S. and foreign governments and agencies such as the DOD, DOS  and the United Nations.

For more information, please visit these company websites: http://www.armoredcars.com/ and http://www.4swat.com or call: 1 888-997-5607 or 602 840 2271.

ABOUT McSWEENEY DESIGNS:
McSweeney Designs is a Birmingham, Alabama based, globally focused designer and manufacturer of uniquely personalized, lifestyle enhanced executive luxury coaches, as well as innovative mobile office and dignitary transportation solutions for people in the know.

Privately owned by the McSweeney Family, for over 30 years, our dedicated community of automotive artists, artisans, craftsman, designers and engineers have devoted their lives to the pursuit of excellence in the highly specialized field of tailor made luxury and haute couture automotive creations. During this time our exclusive clientele has consisted of heads of state, foreign dignitaries, "C-level" international business executives, Fortune 500 companies, high net worth families and individuals, as well as a host of performance and bespoke automotive enthusiasts.

McSweeney Designs is best defined by its relentless passion for seamlessly translating the personal vision of our individual clients while exceeding their expectations with obsessive attention to detail in all aspects of quality, craftsmanship, form, function, fit, and finish.

For more information, or for private commission of your next luxury vehicle, representatives of McSweeney Designs, LLC may be reached through our website at www.mcsweeneydesigns.com.