Government at every level in every nation contains large numbers of individuals who wish to indulge their oh-so-not-plebeian tastes at the expense of taxpayers. Since this is common knowledge, it is de rigueur for government to trot out for public consumption examples of “Look how we’re saving your money!” For instance, consider this Honda CR-V police vehicle in Fengchenggang, Guangxi Province, China:
The CR-V is an economical little cruiser, produced for the Chinese market by a joint venture of Honda and Dongfeng, which costs somewhere around 200k yuan (let’s call it $30k). If this vehicle seems a little large to you for a CR-V, pat yourself on the back: despite the Honda indicia front and rear, this is in fact a Mercedes-Benz ML 350, built either in Alabama or in Mexico, which in China sells for 900k yuan, plus the price of a couple of Honda badges installed by the local cops, presumably in the dead of night.
The good folks of the province did not take this lying down:
Citizens of Fengchenggang were not to be fooled and posted pics of the Benz CR-V on the internet where ‘netizens’ had a field day ridiculing the local government as hard as they could. Best part: the police flatly denied they made any changes to their car.