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Phaeton the Newest Pope-Mobile

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WOLFSBURG, Germany / VATICAN CITY, Italy- Pope Benedict XVI has been presented with a specially equipped Phaeton by the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Dr. Bernd Pischetsrieder. “It is a particular honor for us to have the privilege of providing Pope Benedict XVI with a fitting limousine”, said Pischetsrieder during the presentation in the Vatican City on Wednesday.

The extended wheelbase version of the Volkswagen Phaeton is finished in black and is powered by a 450 hp, 6.0 l W12 engine. The limousine has been specially equipped to meet the comfort, privacy and security requirements of the Holy Father.

[source: Volkswagen of America]

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Well, somebody has to buy one, right?

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They gave it to him as a gift.

So they didn't even sell it. They had to GIVE it away! :lol:

Also, it's only appopriate that a servant of God drive around in a "commonfolk car". It would be humbling... if it weren't a Phaeton.

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Would you guys rather he got a Lexus 600h?

At least this way, God has reaffirmed to us all that he has taste.

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Would you guys rather he got a Lexus 600h?

At least this way, God has reaffirmed to us all that he has taste.

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Agreed... I was just cracking Phaeton jokes.

Anyway, it is my belief that a Pope generally gets far too many creature comforts. A Pope should practice humility. A Pope should blend in with the crowd until he has something to say.

You all remember "What Would Jesus Drive?" Well, I have a basic idea of what that would be. It would be the modern-day equivalent of riding into town on a donkey. Jesus would arrive in a 10 year old base model midsize sedan, preferably with a 4-banger. Hardly any flash there. But if He had to choose a brand-new car - like the Pope just received - He would get a Chevy Malibu or a Toyota Corolla. Something that doesn't stand out from the crowd whatsoever.

...Come to think of it, for a luxury car, the Phaeton sort of fits that bill.

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