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Vladimir Putin’s 850 hp limo debuts at his inauguration

A week ago, we spoke of the Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s up-and-coming limo that was scheduled to make its debut during his inauguration. And we weren’t disappointed when the massive limo finally was presented. The limo is actually how we imagine a hybrid of a Mercedes-Benz S Class and a Rolls-Royce Phantom would be like.

Putin’s limo is referred to with the code name Kortezh or cortege in English (which directly means entourage or procession). The front fascia features a large chrome grille with vertical slats that accentuate the limo’s considerable size. It features rectangular headlights that evoke an image of the Chrysler 300. As you move onto the back, the rear glass flows back to a long tail, and the taillights look a lot like those on the S-Class.

Unsurprisingly, we don’t have much technical information about Putin’s limo, for obvious reasons. But according to sources, the limo uses a turbocharged V12 with 850 horsepower (634 kilowatts) that was achieved with assistance from Porsche engineering. The engine works with a Russian-designed nine speed automatic gearbox. Under the Kortezh’s skin, we expect an abundance of armour, communication, and security technology.

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Here’s what we know about Vladimir Putin’s new armored luxury limo

One thing that the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin will really need would be a vehicle that isn’t only comfortable, but one that will also protect him from the most brutal attacks. And that’s why his new luxury limousine had to go through a long development and testing period. And after many sessions of crash testing, Putin’s ride is finally ready to drive him around the country.

Denis Manturov, Russia’s trade minister, told national daily newspaper Russia Today, that the president’s new vehicle will be spotted in action at Putin’s presidential inauguration on May 7. There is no better way to form a new government and denounce your western rivals from a position of luxury and comfort.

Before the end of the month, Putin’s car is scheduled to be delivered to the Kremlin. The newly re-elected Russian premier is said to have been closely involved in the project, even finding the time to get out of the office and drive earlier versions of the vehicle.

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California-based Big Limos is converting Tesla Model S into a limousine

Tesla has been stirring up media attention lately with their upcoming Model 3 and upgraded Model S. But wait, there’s more. Tesla has been focused on increasing production. That’s well and good but recently though, there was plenty of buzz created about a soon-to-be-released one-off modified Model S that captured the interest of so many people in the industry.

We don’t blame them. The idea of a stretched XL Model S limousine sounds great to us. This limousine project is said to be inspired by environmental reasons rather than a commercial one. Actually, Tesla hasn’t yet released any comment about this independent undertaking.

Although if you ask us, there isn’t any downside to converting this electric-powered sedan into an environment-friendly limousine. Tesla would likely even be flattered with all the attention. California-based custom limousine builder Big Limos is presently up and about creating this one of a kind masterpiece.

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Audi introduces A8 L Extended one-off limousine

Audi has always put their customers first and has prioritized their needs, whether the purpose is for safety or comfort. The brand is even known for sometimes giving in to what can be considered as bizarre requests. One such example is a European customer’s request for a king-sized version of the Audi A8 L. Yes, cars also go in the same sizes as beds but what’s interesting is why this particular customer wanted a larger Audi A8 L.

Of course, Audi conceded and created the six-door Audi A8 L Extended. The Audi A8 L Extended is Audi’s very first version of a king-sized sedan. With a length of 6.36 meters and weight of 2,418 kilograms, this six-seater king-sized sedan offers top-class comfort in every aspect.

It took almost a year for Audi’s engineers to develop this exceptionally long sedan. Most of the challenges came from safety and rigidity as well as the styling of its extra-large body. An Audi Space Frame design made of aluminum was used for the production model’s body, resulting to a low weight.

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Recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been under fire over an alleged money laundering scandal. The Russian President is linked to a suspected $2 billion offshore bank transaction involving some of his associates. It was revealed by a set of confidential documents called the “Panama Papers” that Bank Rossiya was doing a billion-dollar operation in behalf of some of Putin’s associates.

The documents show how money of as much as $2 billion was channelled through the offshore accounts of some of the Russian president’s closest friends. Even if Putin was not part of the transactions, he is still under fire because of his association to these people.

However, it seems like the Russian president is in no way affected by these controversies. Or it would seem that just like the rest of us, Putin likes to do some shopping to relieve stress. Just recently, it was unveiled that the Russian president is to receive a new Kortezh limo from the first batch of Cortege cars according to Industry and Trade Minister Denis Maturov’s announcement.

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Bentley has unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner. Longer (by around 1 meter) and taller (by around 79 mm) than the Bentley Mulsanne, the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner is a representation of ultimate exclusivity, comfort, luxury, refinement and craftsmanship.

To match its augmented dimensions, the Mulsanne Grand Limousine by Mulliner comes with a fully engineered powertrain and transmission as well as a re-engineered chassis and suspension.

All Bentley vehicles are special, and Mulliner could even make them more extraordinary as it works to fulfill the requirements of the marque’s most discerning customers.

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Those in the livery and limo business should watch out as Hyundai is entering this segment with very attractive incentives. Just last week, Hyundai was at the International LCT Show in Las Vegas to make a pitch to coachbuilders and livery operators. This niche market is dominated by Cadillac’s Escalade and Lincoln’s Town Car.

The LCT show (which stands for limousine, charter and tour operators) is a yearly event that is considered the biggest convention in the world for this segment.

At this show, automakers will present models; conversions are shown by coachbuilders, and those in the livery business go to place orders. News in this industry is covered by LCT's trade magazine and Web site, which recently reported that Hyundai introduced its Genesis and Equus sedans at the LCT show.

Read the entire article Hyundai wants in the limo business, offers fleet incentives for the Genesis and Equus

If you believe that the upcoming wagon version of the Fiat 500 is not big enough, then take a look at this. The car you see in the photos is the creation of Carrozzeria Castagna Milano and it is named the Fiat 500 Limo. The theme of the vehicle is the classic American limousine and due to this, the subcompact Fiat 500 has been stretched to reach 5.32 meters, in order to offer plenty of space even for Shaquille O’Neal.

The vehicle is offered in two versions: LimpCity and LimoSun. As expected, the LimoCity is the closed version of the vehicle and offers a new set of rear doors, which can be opened at the push of a button as they slide to the rear of the car. The LimoSun is the landaulet version of the vehicle and it is based on the Fiat 500 Convertible.

Apparently, the Italian coachbuilder is planning to build these types of cars for the beach resorts and the Middle East. Carrozzeria Castagna Milano also revealed the fact that it is working on the LimoCity President, and electric version of the Fiat 500 limousine that is powered by two electric motors that can push it to a top speed limited to 100 mph or 160 km/h and has a range of 250 km or 155 mph.

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Observers noted the irony of North Korea's Kim Jong Il being brought to his final resting place on a 1975 or 1976 Lincoln Continental limousine hearse. He was known for his opposition to U.S. capitalism and yet, there are reports that he was a closet fan of American culture. It is believed that his collection of Hollywood films amounted to over 20,000 movies.

With many mourners on the side of the road, a procession of Lincoln luxury limos passed.

On the first Lincoln limousine is where Kim’s flag-draped coffin lies. The second had a giant poster with an image of the Dear Leader. And on the third limousine is a very big funeral wreath.

Read the entire article Oh, the irony: Kim Jong Il’s last ride was with a Lincoln Continental limousine

Imperial Coachbuilders Inc. of Springfield, Mo., will start to build Leaf conversions this month with a focus on supplying zero-emission limos to environmentally-conscious fleet customers. It’s no simple task to stretch a Nissan Leaf that has a lithium ion battery module. Tom Catterson, Imperial's director of marketing, said that the first thing that the engineering staff had to do was dismantle a Leaf to determine where they could cut the car in half without obstructing the battery structure.

They found out that the saw line will zigzag across the car immediately at the back of the driver's seat. Weight is the other challenge.

With the Leaf's lightweight architecture, the battery could offer 80 to 100 miles of driving. But to build a stretch limo, Imperial would have to add space for four passengers at the rear. This means the addition of four feet of car with added weight and a shorter battery range.

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With the Strand Craft Limousine Beach Cruiser, Swedish design firm Gray Design anticipates that it will be able to establish an entirely new market in the luxury sector. This limousine features services that most clients will probably only see in this model.

The Strand Craft Limousine is expected to appeal to luxury hotel chains that offer unique premium services. It features a glass roof at the rear and it offers a very high level of comfort as fine leather and wood finishes help in making its passengers relaxed.

In the summer, this limousine would be an ideal means of transportation with its canvas roof, chromed hubcaps and wooden inlays.

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Lincoln offers the new MKT Town Car as an alternative to the Town Car, which will be phased out along with other vehicles that are built on the Panther Platform such as the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis. The Lincoln Town Car is famous for being the “black car,” a private limo for the wealthy individuals of New York and other cities.

This big sedan was a rear-drive, body-on-frame vehicle that was well-liked for its robust nature, cheap repair costs and the fact that it only required routine maintenance.

On the other hand, Lincoln’s replacement, the MKT, is based on a front-drive chassis (though all-wheel-drive is available) and uses a modern V6 engine.

Read the entire article Lincoln introduces chauffeur-dedicated 2012 MKT Town Car and Limousine

A full set of images of the production-ready model of the Binz Xtend E-Class conversion has recently been released. During the Essen Motor Show last December, European coach-builder Binz announced that production has started for this model. The most prominent change related to the conversion is the addition of another 795 mm (31.3 inches) to the base model Mercedes Benz station wagon, between the rear doors and rear axle.

This added length resulted to a bigger cargo volume to 2620 liters (92.5 cubic feet). The car now measures 5.7 meters (about 19 feet), with a wheelbase 3.65 meters (12 feet) long. Just like any long wheelbase vehicle, the turning radius will be affected.

However, Binz has not addressed this issue. The model weighs two tons (4,400 lbs), the same as some vans. Engine choices for the Binz Xtend E-Class conversion include the E250CDI's 204 hp unit, an E350 producing 292hp or the E500 packing 388 hp -- standard mills from Mercedes-Benz. The model also features the standard combination of 245 mm tires and 17 inch rims. These models have the same top speed as the standard E-Class. Prices start at €121,950 ($163,100).

Read the entire article 2011 Binz Xtend E-Class: official images, details and pricing

Hyundai Motor Co. revealed today the long wheelbase edition of the Equus flagship sedan, planning to take on the Lexus LS460L and the Mercedes-Benz S500L.

As you can see from the photos, the stretched edition of the Hyundai Equus offers several upgraded features from the normal sedan version and this including differentiated exterior designs and longer overall length.

The Equus Limousine, as it is named in Korea offers a new level of interior volume: longer than major competitors by as much as 310 mm and with backseat legroom as much as 376 mm longer.

Read the entire article Hyundai Equus Stretch Edition a.k.a. Limousine brakes cover

On the twentieth of this month, at the inauguration of the new president of the United States, a new Cadillac will head the event on Pennsylvania Avenue as President Obama will ride in a brand new Cadillac Presidential Limousine keeping the long tradition of Cadillac Limousines that have served numerous U.S. presidents in the past. It was during the time of President Woodrow Wilson and the infancy of the auto industry where all this began.

Obama's limousine, however, is a totally new design, a successor of the 2004 debuted DTS Presidential Limousine with the integration of spectacular design as well as new technologies much admired in the Cadillac's totally customized vehicles a fitting transport for a US President.

Both in the exterior and interior, the vehicle overflows with the brand's signature design elements. The front end of the Presidential Limousine includes the complex, dual-textured grill made popular by the current models Escalade and CTS sport sedan.

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These are the first official photos of the E-Class Limousine, a stretch limo built by Mercedes-Benz with partner Binz. Binz is known to specialize in modifying cars for special services, including ambulances, hearses and fire-fighting vehicles.

Binz, which is based in Southern German, has gotten the approval of Mercedes-Benz to produce a six-door stretched-version of the E-Class. With a length of 5.98 meters, this version is 1.11 meters longer than the standard E-Class sedan.

Two seats and two doors were added, increasing the seating capacity to seven. The two doors, which were added for the car to be more practical, required the engineers to rethink the entire bodywork to keep a high level of torsional rigidity. This had to be done, especially since the central pillar needed to be displaced.

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