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.