President-elect Barack Obama’s new ride has arrived. The Detroit News reported Tuesday that a new model of a presidential limousine made by General Motors Corp. has been delivered to the Secret Service. The armored 2009 Cadillac Presidential Limousine will make its debut at Obama’s Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington. The Secret Service and GM say they’ll reveal more about the custom vehicle’s specifications next week. GM did not say how many limos it will build for the U.S. government, but the Detroit News reported the number is believed to be fewer than 25.
Older-model presidential limos will remain in use. The previous model, a modified Cadillac DTS, was introduced at President George W. Bush’s second inauguration in 2005. The Detroit News also reported that the new presidential limousine will have larger windows and better visibility for the president, but has about the same size and “footprint" as the previous model. The newspaper also said Obama will use the limousine during the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue after his swearing in on the west side of the Capitol. For more info please visit: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28521236/ns/business-autos/t/gm-delivers-new-presidential-limo/#.Tph2WnIQamV