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End of 2012, Vladimir Putin announced a change in his official car. A ZIL it should be. But the domestic vehicle fell through the President.

Russlands President Vladimir Putin wanted to show the flag in the choice of his new company car: Instead of the previous in an armored Mercedes S-Class to pretzels in a column of armored vehicles through Moscow, he was able to call on a local product. A state limousine of the Russian manufacturer ZIL should continue to serve as chief transporter. But the big boat from domestic production did not meet the expectations Putin: As the “Moscow Times” reported that the president was not happy with the new state coach, criticized the design and called for an improvement.

Finally, the 5.75 meter long ZIL had a 7.7-liter V8 engine on board, who made ​​400 hp and the forces over a six-speed automatic on the roadbrought. Because of the armor, the battleship was previously anything but a lightweight and therefore burned up to 65 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers. Now the automaker GAZ and Marussia make hopes, Putin to deliver his new company car: GAZ working on a vehicle that based on the Audi A8 and VW Phaeton to be built and its development costs allegedly umgerechnte 130 million euros. Marussia wants to own a model to develop, which will also have foreign influences. But it is by no means finished before 2015.