Kirsters Baish| When Trump took his seat in the Oval Office last year, multiple sets of keys came with it. The newest and most improved presidential limo fleet made its debut when Barack Obama was inaugurated back in 2009. Many people expected “Trump to be presented on his with a new version of the so-called ‘Beast,’ which his predecessor described as ‘a Caddy, basically on a tank frame.'”
When Trump was inaugurated last year, the fleet wasn’t quite ready, but Fox News has reported that the unveiling is coming very soon. The Cadillac state car prototypes have been wrapped in black and white camouflage and have been seen being tested on roads. At least one out of the dozen or so vehicles that General Motors is supposed to build under a $15.8 million contract is now with the Secret Service.
President of Cadillac, Johann de Nysschen, spoke to Fox News and stated, “We’ve completed our task and we’ve handed over the vehicle to the customer.”
A Secret Service spokeswoman also stated, “The program to build and deploy the next generation of Presidential limousines is on track and on schedule — both in terms of vendor production and internal Secret Service post production requirements. The public can expect to see the new vehicles put into operational use late summer of this year.”
The details about the vehicles are still top secret, but the model is said to be more like an armored truck rather than a luxury sedan. They are also said to protect against ballistic, explosive, and chemical weapon attacks.
Fox News reported:
One feature it almost certainly won’t share with the CT6 is Cadillac’s semi-autonomous Super Cruise system, which allows for hands-free driving on highways. Instead, it will always be driven by a highly trained agent skilled in defensive and evasive driving techniques.
Cadillac has built every presidential limousine since 1993 and didn’t face any known competition for this contract. Its American luxury counterparts, Lincoln and Chrysler, each told Fox News that they declined to submit bids this time around, but de Nysschen considers his company’s role helping to chauffer the world’s most powerful man around the world an important association for the brand.
“It’s always been part of our heritage and tradition, we have transported presidents over time, and we hope to be able to do so in the future, as well.”