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Russian Website Sponsors Presidential Limo Design Contest for Putin

By San Francisco Limousine Specialist on March 29, 2013

Some months ago, we wrote about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s desire for a new presidential limousine. Putin announced to his cabinet that it was time for a new limo, with the stipulation that it had to be Russian-made, returning to a Soviet-era tradition. Recent Russian presidential limos have included BMWs and Mercedes, but Putin wisely wanted a uniquely Russian luxury vehicle to transport him and other dignitaries. Seizing on the opportunity to please the president (and market their businesses, no doubt,) Russian web portal and custom sports car manufacturer Marussia Motors have sponsored a presidential limo design contest.

The “Auto for the President” contest has attracted dozens of professional and amateur designers, but if you want to submit an entry, you had better move quickly, as the entry period is set to expire at the end of this month. The contest is open to anyone 18 years old or older, and the grand prize winner will receive 150,000 rubles (around $5,000 in U.S. dollars.) Two more prizes will be awarded to runners-up, and, at last count, at least 40 professional car designers and more than 80 amateur designers from around the world have submitted entries.

There aren’t many contest rules or restrictions, but entries must combine the old school Russian designs of the ZiL and Chaika brands with modern design flourishes and luxury features. Winners will be announced May 1. However, in an unexpected move, a member of Putin’s cabinet announced that although the design will be uniquely Russian, the new presidential limo would be manufactured outside Russia, a break from previous plans. We will continue to monitor developments in this contest and hope that the winning design departs from the cereal-box-on-wheels designs of traditional Soviet-style limousines of the past. In with the sleek, out with the boxy!

Speaking of sleek limousines, if you’re looking for a San Francisco limousine rental for an upcoming special event, call us today at 1-800-339-8936. We have many different Bay Area limo options to make your experience fun, comfortable and very memorable. Our limo rentals are also quite affordable and can easily fit within any budget. So, if you’ve been thinking about renting a limousine to make a special event extra special, call us today for the best San Francisco limo service at the best rates, and receive the presidential treatment!

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