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Building Personal Armored Cars

The Mexican drug wars have resulted in more than 15,000 deaths in 2010 alone and the violence is so bad that US companies are declining to open new manufacturing plants in the country.

Mexico’s elite, including corporate executives and political leaders, have ordered armored cars in droves to protect themselves. To meet this growing demand, companies like International Armoring Corporationare selling many more of these vehicles. IAC estimates the total number of personal armored cars sold to Mexico was between 4-5 thousand in 2010.

What goes into making armored cars? How are typical sedans and SUVs transformed into mobile fortresses? Click ahead to see the production process at International Armoring Corporation in Utah.

By Paul Toscano
Posted 20 Jan 2011

Source: International Armoring Corporation|| Photo: Per Breiehagen | Getty Images