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GM has provided presidential limos for 30 years

The president of the U.S. rides as a passenger around the county (and the world) in the back of a highly armored limousine called "The Beast." As formidable as this current limo is, the U.S. Secret Service is seeking bids for firms to build a next generation limo to protect future presidents.
Last week a contract proposal was posted on the government contract site announcing that the Secret Service plans to award the contract by August 29 based on "the best value to the government."

President Obama's "Beast"
The project includes four different phases. The first phase of the project is armor development and is already underway. Phase 2 will include the integration of the armor with final automotive components. Phase 2 also requires the selection of chassis, interior, exterior, and test vehicle fabrication and automotive component testing.
The third phase of the project will be the automotive validation with the final phase focused on production of vehicles. The contract proposal is limited to major domestic automakers with headquarters based primarily in the U.S.

The current version of "The Beast" is capable of surving brutal assaults (although it can be tripped up by driveways) [Image Source: The Daily Mail]

General Motors currently has been the primary contractor The Beast and has provided Cadillac presidential limos for 30 years.
“There’s more security around the development of a presidential limo than any of our products,” GM vice president for design Ed Welburn said in a Detroit News interview in September. “It takes a number of years to develop the car. It’s a great project to work on. This particular one, more so than any of them in the past. In the past, they were retrofitting existing vehicles — with this, this is really from the ground up a new vehicle, and we really do it right.”

Sources: Detroit News, Time Magazine,, The Daily Mail

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RE: choices
By BRB29 on 3/12/2014 12:31:23 PM , Rating: 4
And depend on the US, who's military you criticize, to protect you.

Having been deployed with coalitions forces for many years and actually been in Europe, I can tell you most Europeans are happy with US military. They don't like our culture and they think we're fat pigs but they appreciate our military presence in the world mainly because we'll do the dirty work for them.

The most anti-American Europeans have always resided mainly on the internet. I don't see this anti-American attitude at all when I was Germany, Ireland, UK, Switz, France, and Portugal. I'm sure there were people who hates us, but they are much fewer and nowhere near as vocal.

RE: choices
By Spuke on 3/12/2014 12:58:07 PM , Rating: 3
The most anti-American Europeans have always resided mainly on the internet. I don't see this anti-American attitude at all when I was Germany, Ireland, UK, Switz, France, and Portugal.
This is mostly my experience as well although I hadn't met anyone that didn't like our culture as a whole. There were some specific things we do they didn't like (some were misunderstandings) but overall Europeans were pretty cool. The Aussies and Canadians I've met were totally cool with us.

RE: choices
By martin5000 on 3/12/2014 1:36:45 PM , Rating: 4
They don't like our culture

I think we sometimes don't understand your culture (e.g. gun laws, capital punishment etc.), but on the whole Europeans love American culture (music, films etc.).

Also most Europeans admire the US military, and all would accept that in WW2 - Cold War period it guaranteed their safety.

RE: choices
By Samus on 3/13/2014 12:43:34 AM , Rating: 2
Most of the world loves our culture, especially the Japanese.

It isn't our culture Europe, or anybody else hates. Its our politics. And honestly, who can blame them. Washington is pretty messed up and constantly misuses our military.

RE: choices
By A11 on 3/13/2014 2:33:48 AM , Rating: 3
Those hate spewing internet people are usually a lot tougher on the internet than they are in real life.

Also, not everyone over here is completely stupid. Some of us are aware that for all your idiot/corrupt politicians the US has guaranteed our lifestyle and right to speak our minds for the last 70 odd years.

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