Prime-Tass reports that Russia’s ministers and heads of federal services and agencies will continue to be driven in BMW cars, assembled in Russia, while lower officials will use Russian-made Volgas. The news agency cited remarks made by the the head of the business department with the presidential administration, Vladimir Kozhin, made to reporters on Monday.

BMW cars are more secure and economical than other foreign models, he said.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin business department is planning to take over responsibility for the fleet of cars of Russia’s government, parliament, presidential administration and Moscow-based federal courts, while other ministerial car fleets would be abolished or reduced in size, he noted.

The department plans to renew its own car fleet in the near future, he added.

BMW makes 3-Series models for the Russian market at a plant in Kaliningrad.