News & Opinion | May 9, 2018 10:32 am

Vladimir Putin Shows Off New Russian-Made Armored Limo at Inauguration

He debuted the limo in a short trip from the Kremlin's Senate Building to Andreevsky Hall.

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The new Russian-made limousine carrying Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin drives prior to an inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow. (SERGEI SAVOSTYANOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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Vladimir Putin debuted his new Russian-made armored limo at his fourth inauguration as president. Putin made a short trip in the limo from the Kremlin’s Senate Building to Andreevsky Hall to show off a prototype of the “Project Cortege.”

According to Maxim, the car’s name is “Aurus,” which is a combination of “aurum,” the Latin word for gold, and “rus,” for Russia.

The car’s design is inspired by the Rolls-Royce Phantom, and has engineering assistance from Germany’s Bosch and Porsche. The real limo will include armor, communications and medical equipment.

The plan is to build the Aurus in volumes of 250 to 300 cars per year for use by government officials, according to Maxim. The car will be available for sale to the public starting next year, with a base price of $95,500.