Posted by: David Kiley on January 15, 2009
President-elect Obama traded his Chrysler 300C for a Ford Escape Hybrid during the campaign as his personal ride, though he was most often seen in a protective Secret Service SUV.
Now, he is a Caddy man.
Obama’s Presidential Cadillac limo has a new design, one that GM calls “assertive, modern and elegant.”
While it’s hard for a limo to avoid being long and black, “one thing about limos is they do reflect the era in which they serve, so we used elements that have an influence from our regular cars,” says Cadillac spokesman David Caldwell.
Obama’s limo has a dual-textured grille, like the ones on the CTS sport sedan and Escalade. And major parts of the cabin are cut and sewn by hand — just as they are in the CTS.
The rear passenger area includes a large executive compartment with extra seating and office features. The car underwent an extreme testing regime, features several presidential seals and has confidential security provisions.
The glass is tinted so that occupants see out, but outsiders can’t see in, so unless the Obamas get out and walk despite the predicted frosty temperatures on his swearing-in day, the millions gathered along the inauguration parade route probably won’t see the new President.
There is another reason for the Feds to keep the Detroit automakers afloat. I’d hate to see the American President driving down Pennsylvania Ave. in a Toyota or Honda.