Top Russian Car Expo showcases Putin’s new limousine

The brand new Russian presidential limousine was revealed to the public at the Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS), a biennial auto show held at Crocus Expo, TASS news agency reports.

The new Aurus Senat limousine from the Cortege project was first shown during Vladimir Putin’s inauguration ceremony on May 7. Since then, the head of the Russian state has been using it for getting around Moscow.

The Cortege project is a family of luxury cars on a single modular platform intended for the Russian heads of state. It currently envisages creating four models: a sedan, a limousine (the sedan’s extended version), an off-road vehicle and a minivan. After the vehicles are ready in all of their modifications for government officials, they will be freely sold on the market.

This year, the Moscow International Automobile Salon runs till September 9. See the event’s new vehicles on display for 2018.

Russia’s Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said that the Aurus limousine for Vladimir Putin is “very different” from the car used by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump is using a Cadillac One, nicknamed “The Beast”, which was transferred to him from previous President Barack Obama.

“Do you know the fundamental difference between our Aurus and the American Cadillac? The U.S. does not have a mass production car, it is made on the basis of a heavy platform, and we have a serial car, that is, we initially made the project as a mass-produced armored car,” Manturov said in an interview with RIA news agency.