These are the results of a survey sent to Secure Transportation and Protective Services practitioners. The survey was sent at the end of 2013 so it may be a bit dated. A new survey will be available in 2015.
The Survey was sent to both the ISDA Network and the VDI clientele. Practitioners who participated in the survey represent over 300 Corporations, plus the High Net Worth, and Private Security communities. Their job titles are Director of Security, EP Managers, Security Drivers and EP Specialist. This survey is a reflection of those with a substantial amount of experience in the Protective Services/Secure Transportation Industry. The average years of experience of those that participated in the survey is 14.9 years.
Throughout the survey the market segments will be referred to by – Corporate (Corp) – High Net Worth (HNW) – Private Security (PS)
The survey examines the Types (Sedan/SUV/Armored), and Manufacturers/Model Vehicles (Suburban/Audi/Mercedes) used by the various markets.
- Lexus was a combination of the LS 600L and the LS 460.
- Audi was a combination of the Audi A8L and the A8l – W12.
- Cadillac was represented by the older DTS and the newer XTS.
- Mercedes Benz was all various models of the S Class.
- BMW were all the 750 Series.
- Lincoln vehicles were spread over older Town Cars and a few of the newer MKS.
Please note: The survey was sent out in 2013, so Cadillac and Lincoln represent some of the older models.
The Type of vehicle used by all the participants from all markets (Corp – HNW – PS) is split evenly between SUV and Sedans – both register 50%.
The piece of data that was not expected is that 15.5% of the vehicles driven by the Survey Participants are armored. And of that percentage, 33% drive armored Suburbans.
When combining all vehicles (Sedan, SUV) used by all Markets (Corp, HNW, and PS) the most used vehicles are Suburban followed by Mercedes.
The top five vehicles are:
- Suburban – 16.4%
- Mercedes – 13.8%
- Lexus – 10.3%
- Audi – 9.5%
- Tahoe – 9.5%
Looking just at SUV’s only, used by all markets (Corp, HNW, and PS) – the highest percentage of use of SUV’s is the Suburban.
- Suburban – 32.39%
- Tahoe – 15.49%
- Escalade – 9.86%
- Yukon – 9.86%
- Explorer – 8.45%
Looking just at Sedans only – used by all markets (Corp, HNW, and PS) – the highest percentage of use of Sedans is the Mercedes Benz, but unlike the SUV category the Mercedes does not dominate the numbers. The top three vehicles are foreign manufacturers. The high use of foreign vehicles is something that you would not see as little as 10 years ago.
- Mercedes Benz – 16.5%
- Lexus – 12.4%
- Audi – 11.3%
- Cadillac – 9.3%
- BMW – 9.3%
- Lincoln – 7.2%
Looking the environment that all survey participants drive through:
- Low Risk – 76%
- High Risk – 21%
- War Zone – 3%
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