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Dead on from the front or the back, it looks like just any other new Mercedes-Benz E-class, but take a look at its profile shot and you will no doubt rub your eyes and have a double-take.
It’s an E-class alright, but it doesn’t have two-doors, or even four. No, this one has six-doors and that is what will give you a leg up on all your friends who have E-class Merc’s.
This steel blue limo, which is a 2011 model and has covered just 3105-miles, is based on the E350 model, and retains the factory spec 3.5-liter, V6 engine and its seven-speed automatic gearbox. According to the advert, it can do 149-mph flat-out, so this might just be among the fastest limousines on the planet.
And where will you find this rather special E-class? Dubai of course.
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz Six Door E-Class
[Source: Alain Class]
Have you ever asked yourself: “Hmm, I wonder what a limo made just for soccer moms would look like?” The wondering is over – cast your eyes on the 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca Limousine.
This beauty (or beast), depending on your perspective, is available for sale in Plaistow, N.H. There are a couple of questions that arise. First: Was there a demand for 2007 Subaru B9 Tribeca LTD. limos? Answer: Yes. The ad states that this limo is used… meaning someone actually paid money to be dropped off to their special occasion in it. Second: How many of these Subaru limos were made? We can’t answer that, but if this bad boy peaks your interest you could corner the market on drunken soccer moms that need a special ride for a girl’s night out.
For a mere $75,000, the ugly limousine could be yours. That price includes a DVD entertainment system, a multi disc CD changer, an LCD monitor, rear beverage holders and a bar – everything you need to get the party started in style. If you’re interested (or if you think we made this up and you need proof), head over to Singer Subaru & Used Car Superstore’s website.
GALLERY: Subaru Tribeca Limo
Limousines often symbolize wealth and celebrity status. To travel in one means that you’ve either arrived or are celebrating a special occasion, which, usually calls for a little more excess than normal.
So, when you take a car like, say, the Nissan Leaf, that’s been conceived as an example of motoring frugality, saving both fuel and reducing the impact on the environment, does it really pay to make a stretched limousine out of it?
Springfield, Missouri based Imperial Coachbuilders Inc. thinks so and believes the idea will strike a cord, particularly with enviro-conscious fleet customers, which is why it’s hatched plans to build such a vehicle. However, the traditional methods of cutting and stretching cars don’t exactly apply here.
The Leaf’s lightweight construction and relatively large lithium-ion battery pack presents unique challenges, so in order to get around the problem, Imperial has teamed up with UK based Liberty Electric Cars, an EV conversion firm that will add a second lithium-ion battery pack to help compensate for the extra weight, while retaining the car’s existing 80 to 100 mile driving range.
Will it be successful? Difficult to say at this point, though Imperial’s director of marketing, Tom Catterson remains optimistic. “It’s going to make a great limo,” he said.
[Source: Automotive News]
For the best part of, well, a long time really, the most popular vehicle in North America for limo service has been Lincoln‘s Panther platform Town Car. But now, with the demise of both it and the evergreen Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis, Lincoln’s sizeable number of livery fleet customers need an alternative. The brand believes that a specialized version of the slow selling MKT crossover should fit the bill.
To make the MKT more adaptable for livery use, it will feature revised seating with the third row removed and the second row adjusted to emulate the livery Town Car’s rear legroom, plus standard WiFi and info entertainment system. A second variant will be built off a heavy-duty chassis, capable of being lengthened up to an additional 120-inches and aimed straight at stretched limousine operators.
Both livery MKT models will offer all-wheel drive and should be available beginning sometime in 2012. Whether they’ll have durability to match the Town Car remains to be seen, but at least Ford isn’t choosing to abandon this very profitable market segment.