Vatican Gets New Popemobile
New dome said to be higher, roomier than old model
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 7, 2012 11:12 AM CST
Pope Benedict XVI waves from his popemobile on his way to the airport during his departure from Havana, Cuba, Wednesday March 28, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alejandro Ernesto,Pool)

(Newser) – German automaker Daimler says it has delivered Pope Benedict XVI his new popemobile—a customized Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV with special security features. The company says the new car was delivered today to the Vatican and people should be able to see the pope riding in it tomorrow 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 says the white-painted vehicle's central interior design feature is a "throne" embroidered with the pontiff's coat of arms. The automaker declined to detail the vehicle's "spectrum" of security features.

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Dec 7, 2012 7:03 PM CST
Just what they need. Another poopmobile. And I though they believed in and trusted god to protect them!
Dec 7, 2012 5:43 PM CST
"What? Still no frickin cupholder??? Boss damn it..."
Dec 7, 2012 4:06 PM CST
So the church had some money left after all the pedophile lawsuits. Lets spend it on a new car that cost more than most people's homes.