Vladimir Putin rolls out new Russian-made limousine at inauguration

Vastavam web: Russian President Vladimir Putin glided across the Kremlin square in a boxy black Russian-made limousine ahead of today’s inauguration, making a break with previous ceremonies when he used a Mercedes.The new model called the Senate Limousine marks a return to the Soviet-era practice of the country’s leaders riding in domestically made ceremonial cars.”This is the main automobile intrigue of the last five years,” raved a reporter on Rossiya 24 television, boasting that the car is “made in Russia, made with Russian components and made by the hands of Russian specialists.”

Nevertheless the new Senate Limousine model also benefited from “international experience”, the reporter said, since its engine was developed with the help of engineers from Porsche.The limousine has been in development since 2013, TASS reported, with the project allocated 12.4 billion rubles ( 197 million) in state funds. Initial production began last year.The new limo, measuring just over 6 metres (around 20 feet), is part of a range called Aurus that will also include a sedan simply called Senate and an MPV called Arsenal, Russian television reported, saying the names were taken from Kremlin towers.

The range will also go on sale commercially and will compete in terms of specifications and price with Mercedes-Maybach, Bentley and Rolls-Royce vehicles, TASS reported.Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin took over the cars of the former royal family and rode in a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost while Stalin’s favourite car was a Packard, TASS reported.