There was little question that when the latest presidential limo, known as "The Beast," entered service in 2008, it represented the very state of the art (if not the union) in executive protection. But that was over five years ago – longer than the previous Cadillac DTS presidential limousine was in service – and considering that it's widely believed to be riding on a truck chassis and weigh as much as a tank, that's a long time to keep it running. So it should only stand to reason that the Secret Service – that branch of the US Treasury Department Department of Homeland Security tasked with protecting the president – should be gearing up to replace it.

When we reported on the project back in July, we promised to bring you more information when we had it, and now we do. The tender calls for four phases of development: the first is developing the armor, the second is the integration of said armor into the vehicle, the third on validation and testing, and the fourth on production. Bidding is open exclusively to American automakers (sorry, Audi), with the selected supplier to be awarded the contract by August 29 and pressed into service in time to transport the next president and his or her administration.

Chrysler is confirmed to be working on its proposal (assuming it's still based in the United States by then), and you can bet that General Motors, which has built the president's Cadillac limousines for the past three decades, will be vying to keep it in house. We wouldn't be surprised if Ford were pitching a Lincoln-badged proposal, and while the tender calls for a "major automaker," we can't help but wonder if some smaller outfits like AM General or even Tesla might be in the game as well. President Obama has, after all, called for an electric-powered limousine, but that's something the Secret Service was not prepared to provide... at least, not at the time.

Should bidding on the presidential limo be limited to US automakers?
Yes. 9363 (63.2%)
No. 2232 (15.1%)
As long as it's built in America. 2688 (18.1%)
Don't ask me. That's what the government is for. 533 (3.6%)


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      johnrowland626
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uhhhh...Noah Joseph's information about Cadillac supplying the Presidential Limousine for the past 3 decades is incorrect. George H.W. Bush's official limousine from 1988 through 1992 was a Lincoln.
        A P
        • 1 Year Ago
        @johnrowland626
        Its AB....facts are just pesky little things to them.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Bandito
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why can't the first limo be an SUV? Look at the Beast. It's practically an SUV already. Just cut the crap and make it an Escalade and then it won't look so damn dumb... I understand what you are thinking, but you get my point.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      It has to be a Cadillac. Probably based on their upcoming flagship sedan, which I can't wait to see. It's a shame Lincoln no longer makes the kind of stately, elegant cars suitable for presidential transport.
      Alan Dobson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just FYI, the Secret Service has been part of the Department of Homeland Security since DHS was first created. No longer part of Treasury.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess it will be Cadillac again.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Chris Christie manages to stay out of jail and become president, they will need to recon mission the battleship Missouri and add wheels to accommodate Christie's lard ass. :)
        knightrider_6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Teleny411
        ROFL If Christie becomes president, the limo will have a built in donut dispenser
          Teleny411
          • 1 Year Ago
          @knightrider_6
          Churchmotor, Bush was the crackhead. He was doing lines in the White House when his dad was PResident,
      omgcool
      • 1 Year Ago
      The presidential limo is the last car that should be electric. Motors are incredibly reliable and low-maintenance, but battery technology isn't quite there yet. Maybe two generations from now. Brand must be American. I'd like to see a Chrysler with a Cummins, so long as Chrysler remains headquartered in the United States. I also like the SUV idea. How about a Grand Wagoneer limo? That could be incredibly sweet! Jeeps have served in the military; let them test their chops as an executive service vehicle.
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jaguar should put in bids to use the F-Type under their it's good to be bad campaign. In all seriousness, could we choose something that isn't the automotive embodiment of a giant phallus this time?
      TChillot33
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad Carbon is defunct, I bet they'd have a great proposal to make.
      johnburgess
      • 3 Months Ago

      I think hillary and billary want to use the scooby van with the personal server on board.

      WHO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Should bidding be required. YES Did Obammy campaign that he would require all contracts over 25K to be bid on. YES. Did Obammy's beard give the contract to build the Affordable Care Act Website to a College buddy. YES. Did it go out on Bid. NO
        Will
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WHO
        Do you get your misinformation from the conservative media? Yes. Are you a moron? Yes.
          Henry
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Will
          And uneducated moron at that, it seems.
          stonehunte
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Will
          Didn't they teach grammer in liberal school?
          WHO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Will
          Will, Feel free to correct me if you can.
        Will
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WHO
        I don't bother trying to correct people who do not believe in science and get there news from AM radio.
          kqr
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Will
          Oh look. Someone who doesn't even know the difference between "their" and "there" is calling someone else stupid. Hilarious.
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