Washington, D.C. – General Motors has announced that President-elect Barack Obama will ride to his inauguration in an all-new Cadillac Presidential Limousine. The armoured limousine has been heavily modified to withstand potential attacks by weapons or bombs.
Cadillac limos have been a tradition for many U.S. presidents since Woodrow Wilson, who rode in one in a World War One victory parade in 1919.
The limousine is a completely new design, succeeding the DTS Presidential Limousine that debuted in 2004. Cosmetic features include an embroidered presidential seal in the centre of the rear seat panel and on each rear door trim, and on the outside of the rear doors. Flags on the front fenders are illuminated at night with LED lights.
Other presidents who used Cadillac vehicles included Calvin Coolidge, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry S Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower, who used one of the first Eldorado models ever produced for his 1953 inauguration.
Cadillac has produced two presidential limousines this decade that remain in service, used by George H. Bush and George W. Bush.