While the new Cadillac may look like a stretched Cadillac DTS, it is in fact based on the huge GMC Topkick van platform. Security tech likely includes five-inch thick bulletproof glass, ultra high strength ceramic armor and cell phone jammers, but the Secret Service is putting the kibosh on official details for security reasons. tech item they are speaking about are the LED spotlights that'll illuminate the fender-mounted flags at night.
Obama's getting a brand new Cadillac Limousine in time for his inauguration on January 20th. Here are the first official images. The new limo's a rolling symbol of the President's power and GM's promotion.
An American Custom Continues: New Presidential Period Begins With a New Cadillac Presidential Limousine
The press release follows:
WASHINGTON "As Americans celebrate the inauguration of a brand new president of the United States next week, another new Cadillac will grace Pennsylvania Avenue to lead the proceedings. President Barack Obama will ride in an all-new Cadillac Presidential Limousine, continuing a long custom of Cadillac limousines that have served lots of U.S. presidents.
"Cadillac is honored to again provide a brand new Presidential Limousine," said Mark McNabb, North America vice president, Cadillac/Premium Channel. "This is a great American custom that we are delighted to renew with an all-new automobile featuring the best of Cadillac's dramatic design and expertise.
Inside and out, the Cadillac Presidential Limousine includes lots of of the brand's signature design elements. Assertive, modern and elegant, the front of the automobile includes the intricate, dual-textured grille made famous by Cadillac's most popular current models, the CTS sport sedan and Escalade. Vertical design elements, such as the car's front and rear lighting, mirror those used on production models.
The picture of an American president greeting crowds from a Cadillac limousine dates to President Woodrow Wilson and the early days of the automobile, and continues in to a historic new period. The latest Cadillac Presidential Limousine is a new design, succeeding the DTS Presidential Limousine that debuted in 2004. The new automobile incorporates lots of of the dramatic design and expertise features of new and highly acclaimed Cadillac vehicles in a purpose-built format tailored to specific and exacting specifications befitting presidential transport.
For largely functional reasons, such as optimal outward visibility, the automobile is slightly more upright than its predecessor. However, this new Cadillac Presidential Limousine occupies roughly the same overall footprint on the road as the earlier model, with a similar size and proportion.
The side and rear profiles of the new Presidential Limousine are classic, elegant forms, evocative of Cadillac's STS and DTS luxury sedans. Inside the cabin, the automobile includes the finest examples of Cadillac's recent renaissance in design, expertise and craftsmanship. The cabin blends modern design and expertise with old-world craftsmanship. Major aspects of the cabin are cut and sewn by hand, the same technique used in popular Cadillac models such as the CTS sport sedan.
Naturally, lots of purpose-built aspects of the automobile are specially designed and prepared for presidential use. The rear passenger area includes an extensive executive compartment with ample seating space, outward visibility and useful mobile office features.
The automobile was designed, developed and tested by specialists who adhered to an extensive set of specifications. It was subjected to an extreme testing technique to be definite performance that achieves exact functional requirements. In doing so, security provisions were undertaken at all times in the work of development to be definite the car's functional capabilities are preserved and confidential.
History Cadillac and the U.S. Presidency
Cadillac has built limousines and special vehicles for U.S. presidents, diplomats, ambassadors and foreign dignitaries since the early 20th century, an iconic aspect of the brand that continues today.
An embroidered presidential seal is positioned in the midst of the rear stool back panel, as well as on each rear door trim panel. Presidential seals are also affixed to the outside rear doors. The U.S. flag is placed on the right front fender, and the presidential standard is located on the left front fender when the president travels in the vehicle. High-tech LED spotlights illuminate the flags at night.
In 1938, Cadillac convertibles, dubbed the "Queen Mary" and "Queen Elizabeth," were delivered to the U.S. government. Named after the great ocean liners of the time, the vehicles were 21.5 feet long, weighed 7,660 pounds and were equipped with a full ammunition arsenal, two-way radios and heavy-duty generators. Long lasting and reliable, the "Queens" served Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Cadillac's central role began in the work of World War I, when lots of Cadillac engines and cars were transferred to military and government service because of their superior durability and power. of the first chief executives to make use of a Cadillac was President Wilson, who rode through the streets of Boston in the work of a World War I victory parade in 1919. A lavish 1928 Cadillac town automobile was used in the Calvin Coolidge administration.
President Eisenhower, known as a automobile buff, rode in of the first Cadillac Eldorado models ever produced in the work of his 1953 inaugural parade. The Eldorado represented a high point in automobile design history, as it had the first wraparound windshield, a feature quickly adopted on other new production models.
In 1956, the Queen Mary II and Queen Elizabeth II convertibles replaced the original series. The vehicles were slightly smaller, but like their predecessors, were fully armored and featured state-of-the art communications. Moreover, the vehicles were fitted with narrow rims inside the tire in case the tires were shot out. The Queen Mary II and Queen Elizabeth II served not only President Eisenhower, but also Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Both vehicles were retired in 1968.
The Ronald W. Reagan administration was delivered a 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood limousine and a Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Presidential Series was delivered to the William J. Clinton administration in 1993. Unlike earlier models that usually were Cadillac cars adapted and modified by independent limousine companies, the 1993 Presidential Brougham was designed, developed and manufactured within General Motors and Cadillac. This included an extensive set of security measures to maintain confidentiality, a technique that continues today.
Currently, the 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood limousine resides at the Ronald W. Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., while the 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham is at the Clinton Presidential Middle in Tiny Rock, Ark.
Cadillac has produced presidential limousines this decade that stay in service. The first was a Deville Presidential model delivered to President George W. Bush in 2001. In 2004, President Bush debuted a brand new DTS Presidential model. It was the first application of a brand new design that launched later that year for the production DTS full-size sedan.