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Charger
04-21-2005, 07:12 PM
<A HREF="http://siteadmin.thecarconnection.com/images/gallery/tmb/9455_image.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://siteadmin.thecarconnect...e.jpg</A><p>As you may remember, Mercedes-Benz built a bulletproof parade vehicle for Pope John Paul II's use later in his life. Now, following in Mercedes' tire treads, Volkswagen has expressed interest in building a "Pope-mobile" for newly minted Pope Benedict XVI, the former Cardinal Josef Ratzinger ofGermany. But there isn't much time to spare - the goal is to have the one-of-a-kind vehicle ready for the "Katholischen Weltjugendtag" (World Youth Day) in K¬Ěln (Cologne, Germany) this coming August.<p>Sources close to Volkswagen tell our spy-shot network that if such a vehicle were commissioned, it would likely be based off of the Touareg. This photo-illustration - produced just outside of Wolfsburg hours after word started spreading about the new Popemobile - reflects the initial information and rumors circulating around Volkswagen's headquarters today. -Brenda Priddy & Company

JBlair
04-21-2005, 07:49 PM
Yech.......Why not make it off the Touran? This is too.....ugly.

Shomare
04-21-2005, 08:03 PM
That is just wrong.

erzhik
04-21-2005, 09:22 PM
MB was a LOT BETTER

Cozz
04-22-2005, 05:05 PM
A disaster, a complete disaster.

Hornbag
04-23-2005, 07:33 PM
Why?

Cozz
04-23-2005, 10:27 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Why? </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I guess you didn't see the pic. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0">

Blackraven
04-23-2005, 11:09 PM
If that were the case, VW should make the Touareg a........<p><br>PICKUP TRUCK <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1orglaugh.gif" BORDER="0">

Hornbag
04-24-2005, 04:04 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Cozz</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I guess you didn't see the pic. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I saw da picture, but why? Do Popes drive around, or wat?

Krypton
04-24-2005, 07:56 AM
No the pope stands in the large glass thing and the for more pics just go to google and type in popmobile<p><IMG SRC="http://blog.jellycan.com/jc/images/pope-mobile.jpg" BORDER="0">

Flagship
04-24-2005, 04:14 PM
Wow I really need to buy one of those things. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0"><br>What ever happened to the MB G-class. <br>

Cozz
04-24-2005, 08:16 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Flagship GT</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wow I really need to buy one of those things. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0"><br>What ever happened to the MB G-class. <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>I thought they used it in certain countries.

Hornbag
04-24-2005, 09:44 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Krypton</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">No the pope stands in the large glass thing and the for more pics just go to google and type in popmobile<p><IMG SRC="http://blog.jellycan.com/jc/images/pope-mobile.jpg" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thx Krypton... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

Reppu
04-25-2005, 12:02 AM
What about the vote of poverty? (or whatever translation it has in english)

bolita
04-25-2005, 09:27 AM
I dunno...could be worse IMO <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0">

Santeno
04-25-2005, 10:17 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I saw da picture, but why? Do Popes drive around, or wat?</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Hornbag please start using standard english on your posts. The answer to your question is that is easier to provide security and the subject is more readily viewable from a moving platform. The vehicle's sitting platform began to be encased in bulletproof glass after the assasination attempt on JPII.<br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Reppu</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">What about the vote of poverty? (or whatever translation it has in english)</TD></TR></TABLE><br>It's a Vow of Poverty, not a vote. To the best of my recollection, modern popemobiles are usualy donated by manufacturers or governments, not purchased by the vatican. Also, I'm not sure (please correct me if I'm wrong here) that all priests take a vow of poverty.

PlatForm
04-26-2005, 07:37 AM
I'm not impressed... Queen Elizabeth's modified one of a kind Bentley limosine is more thoroughly executed.<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 1:04 PM 4/26/2005</i>

Santeno
04-26-2005, 12:07 PM
Here is a link to a bunch of pics of past and present Popemobiles, Including the current Defender, M-Class, Touareg and Lancia based ones.<p><A HREF="http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/d/81298" TARGET="_blank">http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/d/81298</A>