Putin's power limo Aurus makes Helsinki statement

World | 16 Jul 2018 7:27 pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin is showcasing Russia’s new Aurus Senat limo, the state car designed as part of a new luxury brand.

Putin arrived in the Finnish capital Helsinki for his first face-to-face with US President Donald Trump. Two limos were delivered to Finland last week on an Ilyushin Il-76 transport plane, RT reports citing local media. This marks the first public appearance of the Aurus brand outside Russia.

The debut of the new Russian state car took place in May during Putin’s inauguration for his fourth presidential term. He has since advertised the brand to several foreign dignitaries, including Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The new model was developed as part of a project called Kortezh ("motorcade” in Russian). In addition to the limousine, the Aurus line includes a sedan, also called Senat, as well as a minivan named Arsenal, and a 4x4 car called Komendant. The cars are expected to enter the market next year.

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