The Governor-General travels in a Jaguar XJ Sovereign. Before 1996, he or she traveled in a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI. During official travel it is the only vehicle in the country not required to use standard number plates. The official flag of the Governor General is flown on the car in which he/she is travelling, The Queen of New Zealand has her own flag, which is used when she is travelling in the country, but there are no specific cars reserved for her use.
The Prime Minister used to travel in one of two cars, one being a Holden Statesman/Caprice sedan or Ford Fairlane, followed by the other vehicle containing their security detail (usually a VY or VE Holden Commodore SV6). The Prime Minister's Wellington-based car has the number plate CR1, and all other cars in the fleet for Ministers have number plates starting in the CR series.The main motorcade vehicles consist of Toyota RAV4s and Holden Cruzes operated by New Zealand Police DPS. The estimated purchase price per unit is NZ$69,900 In 2011 the Government upgraded the ministerial fleet with 34 new BMW 730d limousines. The retiring fleet is being kept on for use during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
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