New popemobile delivered to Vatican
Published 07/12/2012 | 16:39
German carmaker Daimler said it has delivered Pope Benedict XVI his new popemobile - a customised Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV with special security features.
The company said the new car was delivered on Friday to the Vatican and people should be able to see the Pope riding in it on Saturday in Rome during a celebration at the Spanish Steps.
Compared with the previous vehicle, a modified M-Class from 2002, Mercedes has extended the dome significantly to give the Pope more room and easier entry.
Larger glass panels and better illumination also aim to make the pontiff more visible to crowds.
Daimler said the white-painted vehicle's central interior design feature is a "throne" embroidered with the pontiff's coat of arms.
The carmaker declined to detail the vehicle's "spectrum" of security features.