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 t
With recent news that the Secret Service has begun soliciting proposals for a new armored limousine, we've been wondering what the next presidential limo might look like. The current machine, nicknamed "The Beast," has a design based on a car that's no longer sold: the Cadillac DTS. If General Motors gets the job again, which wouldn't be a surprise considering the government still owns a chunk of the company, the next limo's shape would likely resemble the new XTS (below, left). But Cadillac has
President Obama has used the same armored limo since his inauguration in 2008. Known by many as The Beast, the Presidential Limo was provided by Cadillac and earned its nickname in large part because of its massive size, which isn't surprising considering that its Caddy-shaped bodywork is said to sit atop a heavy-duty truck chassis.
Reports are coming in from Israel that President Obama's limousine, often called "The Beast," has broken down. You might be wondering how the most protected vehicle in the world could break down on an overseas visit, and the answer would surprise you. There's a bit of discrepancy over what exactly happened (and the Secret Service is living up to its name with the details, but apparently somebody filled The Beast with diesel fuel instead of gasoline gasoline instead of diesel, according to The Ti
President Barack Obama has been near a Chevrolet Volt before, but he's never had the chance to have a proper drive of one. That changed recently when a Volt-driving friend came to the White House for a visit and let Obama take it for a spin on the grounds.
Vice President Joe Biden has held plenty of high-profile jobs in his lifetime, but at his core, he's a lot like any of us. That's because he's a die-hard auto enthusiast with a list of cars to back up his love of the auto.
In a rare behind-the-scenes look, the Cadillac & LaSalle Club's Potomac Regional Director, Vince Taliano, was granted permission to spend a day in the Secret Service motorpool garages. Fortunately, he documented the day in pictures, and shared the experience with Hemmings and therefore all of us on the interweb.
President Clinton will be the first U.S. president ever to use a hybrid outfitted for presidential service thanks to Ford, who will be presenting our 42nd president with a Mercury Mariner Hybrid "Presidential Edition" at the Clinton Global Initiative conference later this month in New York City. The Mariner Hybrid has been modified to include LED interior lighting, a 110-volt outlet and a writing table. Everything else on the vehicle, including the hybrid powertrain that delivers 32 mpg in the c