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Jeep to supply US “Popemobile”

by David Zatz on

The Washington Post claimed that the white Jeep Wrangler used by the Pope in his visit to Ecuador has been shipped to the United States, and will be used for his visit to the United States in September.

Pope Francis, who will be in the United States from September 22 to September 27, will meet with the President and Congress, and will tour various parts of the country. The Wrangler, as is customary for “Popemobiles,” has been fitted with a bulletproof glass square in back so he can stand and wave to crowds with a lower risk of assassination. The partition in the Wrangler starts at the windshield and continues to the tail of the vehicle, which appears to be a base model — a good thing for the Pope, since the Rubicon pictured above is does not provide as smooth a ride.

He has used numerous vehicles, down to a mere Kia Soul and up to a Land Rover, since becoming head of the Roman Catholic Church around two and a half years ago. See Larry Vellequette’s coverage in Automotive News.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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