President Donald Trump is about to get a new fleet of cars as an update to the ones that former President Barack Obama got in 2009.
According to Fox News, the new vehicles could become operational by late summer of 2018. The Cadillac came as part of a $15.8 million contract with General Motors and involved about a dozen vehicles.
“The program to build and deploy the next generation of presidential limousines is on track and on schedule — both in terms of vendor production and internal Secret Service post-production requirements,” a U.S. Secret Service spokeswoman reportedly said.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 12, 2018
Johann de Nysschen, Cadillac's president, said the company completed its task and “handed over the vehicle to the customer.”
“It's always been part of our heritage and tradition, we have transported presidents over time, and we hope to be able to do so in the future, as well,” Nysschen also said.
Since 1993, Cadillac has been the car company to build each presidential limousine, something Nysschen considered important for his company's brand.
Obama previously referred to his version of the car as the “Beast” and “a Caddy, basically on a tank frame.” Trump's driver will reportedly be an agent able to engage in defensive driving techniques.
As Fox News noted, the car's prototypes could be seen on public roads as they were getting tested.
An earlier report said Trump's limo would feature, among other things, an emergency blood supply and tear gas cannons.
The “Beast” was so important that the Secret Service even brought it with Trump on his trip to Asia:
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) November 4, 2017