It is not uncommon to associate a public figure with a type of vehicle. Sometimes it's on happy occasions, as was the case with the various reports on President Biden's Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, or Donald Trump's car collection that made headlines a few years ago.
On some occasions, a particular model is associated with a public figure because of a tragic event. Think of the Lincoln Continental in which President John F. Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963. And what about General de Gaulle's Citroën DS, which allowed him to escape the Petit-Clamart bombing on August 22, 1962?
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In a more general way, we remember the publicity that Toyota could have done without in relation to its old ultra-resistant pickup trucks that serve various armed rebel groups in different conflicts around the world.