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Some news about my kinfolk over in Japan. :hehe




Emperor changes official car to Toyota 'Century Royal'

July 7, 2006






Toyota's "Century Royal" is pictured at the Imperial Palace on Friday. (pool photo)The Imperial Household Agency on Friday unveiled to the press the new Toyota "Century Royal" that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will use for their official duties.

Officials said that the Imperial Couple will begin using the limousine as early as Aug. 15, when they will attend a memorial ceremony for the war dead in Tokyo.

The Century Royal has replaced the "Nissan Prince Royal," which has been used for more than 30 years.

The Imperial Household Agency plans to purchase four Century Royals in total.

The 5,000-cc Century Royal is designed for eight people and costs 52.5 million yen.

It is fuel-efficient and uses environment friendly materials. Its ceiling is covered with Japanese-style paper.

The agency will gradually stop using the current Nissan Prince Royal but plans to keep them on the agency's premises. (Mainichi)
 

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It looks classier than limo one. :D
 

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I came across this on http://www.dailymail.co.uk.
Just tidbits on what other world leaders roll in.

Tony Blair
Blair's Jaguar Super V8
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CAR: JAGUAR SUPER V8
STANDARD PRICE: £74,995, THIS VERSION £200,000.
ENGINE: 4.2-LITRE V8
POWER: 400BHP
TOP SPEED: 155MPH
SEATS: FOUR
STANDARD WEIGHT: 1,665KG
THIS VERSION: 3,000KG*

Own air supply to counter gas; armoured to withstand attack by hand grenade or assault rifle; public address system; tamper sensors; run-flat tyres. Jaguar has now made a version commercially available, also priced at £200,000.

* ESTIMATED PRICE/SPECIFICATION

George W Bush
Bush's Cadillac DTS
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CAR: CADILLAC DTS
STANDARD PRICE: £30,000, THIS VERSION £1 MILLION*.
ENGINE: 4.6-LITRE V8
POWER: 290BHP
TOP SPEED: 130MPH
SEATS: SIX
STANDARD WEIGHT 1,800KG, THIS VERSION 4,500KG*

Blue leather trim; ten-CD multichanger; higher roofline for better visibility; folding desks in cabin. Protection system is a state secret but certain to include gun stowage racks, heavy armour and secure communications system to authorise nuclear strike commands.

Silvio Berlusconi
CAR: MASERATI QUATTROPORTE
STANDARD PRICE: £74,550, THIS VERSION £200,000*.
ENGINE: 4.2-LITRE V8 POWER: 400BHP
TOP SPEED: 171MPH
SEATS: FOUR
STANDARD WEIGHT 1,970KG. THIS VERSION 3,300KG*

Trust the Italians to have the fastest, noisiest, most stylish state transport, complete with racetrack-ready V8 engine and F1-style six-speed sequential gearbox. Bulletproof panels and glass surround the passengers.

Vladimir Putin
Putin's ZIL-41052
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CAR:ZIL-41052
STANDARD PRICE: N/A, THIS VERSION £400,000*.
ENGINE: 7.7-LITRE V8
POWER: 313BHP
TOP SPEED: 120MPH
SEATS: SEVEN
STANDARD WEIGHT: N/A. THIS VERSION 5,500KG*

Putin travels mainly by stretched armoured Mercedes but keeps a handful of these vast, old-style Soviet limos, built around a bombproof shell. A few passed into private hands, including one bought and stripped down by the CIA.

Angela Merkel
Merkel's Volkswagon Phaeton
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CAR: VOLKSWAGEN PHAETON
STANDARD PRICE: £70,065, THIS VERSION £200,000*.
ENGINE: 6-LITRE W12
POWER: 443BHP
TOP SPEED: 155MPH
SEATS: FOUR
STANDARD WEIGHT 2,434KG, THIS VERSION 4,000KG*

Gerhard Schroeder chose VW's flagship superluxury saloon over the Audis and Mercs used by former German chancellors, but has had to hand it over to successor Angela Merkel. A hugely powerful six-litre W12 engine beats even Berlusconi's Maserati with its 443bhp.

Jacques Chirac
CAR: RENAULT SAFRANE BITURBO
STANDARD PRICE: £38,000, THIS VERSION £150,000*.
ENGINE: 3-LITRE V6 TWIN TURBO
POWER: 264BHP
TOP SPEED 156MPH
SEATS: FOUR
STANDARD WEIGHT 1,724KG, THIS VERSION 3,000KG*

Oh dear. France doesn't make luxury cars, so Chirac is stuck with an armoured presidential version of an ugly, large hatchback now long out of production. It features the usual run-flat tyres and inch-thick glass. Chirac also has a very cool open-top Seventies Citroën SM.

Hu Jintao
CAR: RED FLAG
STANDARD PRICE: NOT AVAILABLE, THIS VERSION £ 250,000.
ENGINE: 4.6-LITRE V8
POWER: 213BHP
TOP SPEED: 120MPH
SEATS: SIX
STANDARD WEIGHT: N/A, THIS VERSION 4,000KG*

The Chinese Government plans to cash in on the country's boom in car-loving millionaires by allowing carmaker Red Flag to sell a £100,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom rival. This version gets money-no-object steel-plate armouring.

Pope Benedict XVI
CAR: MERCEDES-BENZ ML430
STANDARD PRICE: £38,640, THIS VERSION £150,000*
ENGINE: 4.3-LITRE V8
POWER: 268BHP
TOP SPEED: 120MPH
SEATS: TWO, ONE STANDING.
STANDARD WEIGHT 1,900KG. THIS VERSION 3,500KG*.

There's little room for anyone but the Pope in this incredible machine. Those tall, bulletproof windows are heavier than the equivalent bulletproof steel. Merc SUVs are the basis of the Popemobiles, but BMW is now thought to be bidding to provide Pope Benedict's new wheels.

Roh Moo-Hyun
CAR: HYUNDAI EQUUS
STANDARD PRICE: £40,000, THIS VERSION £170,000*.
ENGINE: 4.5-LITRE V8
POWER: 270BHP
TOP SPEED: 130MPH
SEATS: FOUR
STANDARD WEIGHT: 2,165KG, THIS VERSION 4,000KG*.

The South Koreans make a few luxury saloons that we don't get over here, and President Roh's V8-powered Hyundai is the biggest of the lot. Features special armouring for the fuel tank and electrical system, to prevent fire or breakdown under machinegun attack.

Goran Persson
CAR: VOLVO S80
STANDARD PRICE: £39,648, THIS VERSION £150,000*
ENGINE: 2.9-LITRE STRAIGHT 6
POWER: 272BHP
TOP SPEED: 155MPH
SEATS: FOUR
STANDARD WEIGHT 1,573KG, THIS VERSION 2,800KG*

Also favoured by Sweden's mad King Carl Gustaf. Sweden's a low-risk country, but these Volvos are so armoured that they're also used by the Israelis. Full under-floor grenade protection and resistant to AK47 bullets.

Emperor Akihito
CAR: TOYOTA CENTURY ROYAL
STANDARD PRICE: NOT AVAILABLE, THIS VERSION £275,000*.
ENGINE: 5-LITRE V12
POWER: 273BHP
TOP SPEED: 120MPH
SEATS: EIGHT
STANDARD WEIGHT: N/A, THIS VERSION 4,000KG*

Still under development by Toyota, based on a huge, Japan-only luxury saloon. The emperor isn't a high-risk target, but Akihito's version will be stretched, heavily armoured and fitted with an uprated suspension for rapid getaways.
 

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Pres. Bush's Caddie is listed at 1 million Pounds!? :wow :confused

Yeowch! So much more then the other leaders of the world. But then again I guess our POTUS is a higher value/profile position. :number1
 
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