- The three Peruvian popemobiles arrived in the country.
- Chevrolet has worked for five months in adapting these vehicles to permit a secure closeness of Pope Francis to the people.
Lima, January 10, 2018.- The Peruvian Apostolic Nunciature presented the three popemobiles which will carry Pope Francis in his journey around the country to the cities of Puerto Maldonado, Trujillo and Lima between 18 and 21 January.
All three General Motors Chevrolet Traverse popemobiles are identical. Their roofs and cabins have been totally modified and a cubicle made of tempered glass without lateral windows has been added to accomplish the wish of the Pontiff to be close to the people who will accompany him along the streets and public spaces looking for his gestures.
The popemobiles are highly safe and comfortable vehicles and have been transformed in Chevrolet Bogota, Colombia, according to the technical specifications suggested by the Vatican. It was necessary to get 50 company workers and five months to complete the job.
Characteristics of the popemobile
- Each one carries the plate SCV1, which corresponds to the Italian acronym Stato della Citta del Vaticano, meaning State of Vatican City.
- Each one contains a 360° Papal swivel chair so that the Pontiff will be able to wave the people from different angles with totally free movements.
- The vehicle can run at 15 km per hour and get high speed when necessary.
- These are automatic pickup trucks with a V6 engine of 3.6 litres and 281 horsepower.
- Some parts of the trucks, as tires and suspension, have been reinforced to ensure more comfort and safety.
Vehicle fleet for the Pope’s visit
Apart from the three popemobiles, Chevrolet will also provide 30 vehicles to the Holy Father entourage, 10 for each city he will visit. These vehicles are Chevrolet Cobalt, Spin, Captiva and N300.
The vehicle presentation to the media was headed by the Apostolic Nuncio, Mons. Nicola Girasoli; Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani; the Coordinator for the Pope’s visit at the Peruvian Episcopalian Conference, Mons. Nortberto Strotmann; the coordinator for the Pope’s visit representing the government, Alfonso Grados; Chevrolet Peru General Manager, Esteban Acosta; and Inspector of the Vatican Gendarmerie, Bruno Gugel.
Pope Francis’ Visit to Peru
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