Pope Francis has chosen a pair of FCA vehicles for his rides around the U.S.
Travelling from the airport to the White House, Pope Francis chose to ride in a Fiat 500L, a decision that appears to be a clear statement regarding the Pope’s staunch beliefs of remaining humble by avoiding unnecessary luxury as well as backing up his stance on climate change by riding in a small economical car. Pope Francis is known for choosing to ride in small economy cars, with a Ford Focus serving as his main ride around Vatican City.
His small 500L stood out among the many black armored SUVs that surrounded it, especially considering visiting dignitaries usually ride in black Cadillac limousines. “It is very easy to recognize where the pope is because it is the smallest car in the motorcade,” said Father Federico Lombardi, the pope’s spokesman.
The Pope will also ride around in a modified Jeep Wrangler Popemobile, which surrounds Pope Francis in glass allowing the crowds to see him. In total, six Fiat 500Ls will ferry the Pope around the three cities he is bound to visit, Washington, New York and Philadelphia.
[Source: Automotive News]