In the latest attempt by European car manufacturers to become the Official Vehicle of the Pope, BMW has generously added a BMW X5 to Pope Benedict XVI's fleet. But alas, it appears that BMW is destined to protect the Pope from afar as the Vatican plans to use the vehicle for Vatican Police work. Despite the many BMWs, Mercedes and Volkswagens donated to the Pope's fleet over the last several years, only one can be the true Popemobile — the armored 2002 Mercedes sedan built on a Gelaendewagen platform donated to Pope John Paul II by DaimlerChrysler continues to be used by Pope Benedict.

Thanks to MKS for the tip.


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