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Letís cast a vote for the Presidentís next ride!

By SYF77 on 22 Jul 2011

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The presidential election (PE) is heating up, with 4 Mr Tans as presidential hopefuls. When I think of the President, the image of him walking out of the official state car during National Day comes to my mind. The official state car is a car used by a government to transport its head of state in an official capacity. It also serves as an automotive symbol of the head of state and their country. Accordingly to Wikipedia, part of the criteria for an official state car is to have adequate security, capability and stateliness for its duty. A limousine, executive car or sport utility vehicle is usually selected.

The President of Singapore alternates between a 2010 Mercedes Benz S350L and a 2001 Lexus LS430, both of which are white like all of Singapore's previous state cars. In a hypothetical situation whereby the government decides to replace the aging LS430, what are the potential choices? Iíve compiled a list of my own:

The conventional choices

BMW 7 series
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The BMW 7 series has been used to ferry the Apec delegates. There is no doubt about its class and status.

Lexus LS460
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This car obviously should be in the radar as its predecessor is currently a state car. It will give the President a magic carpet ride from the Istana to the floating platform.

Jaguar XJ
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The latest Jaguar XJ combines old world charm with modern curves. It is probably the grandest looking of them all among the choices here.

The ĎOut-of-the-boxí choices

The choices here come with a four-door coupe styling. I am not sure if Singapore is ready for such a state car but every candidate here would be a refreshing choice.

Porsche Panamera
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Audi A7
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Mercedes Benz CLS
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Aston Martin Rapide
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Masarati Quattroporte
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The practical choices

I decided to call them the practical choices because they are less flashy than the choices mentioned earlier and should be carry a lower selling price. However, they should perform the required duties adequately.

Toyota Crown
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In Japan, the Crown is the ride of choice for the country's top elite executives and government officials.

Infiniti M37
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The premium Japanese brand was established in North America more than 20 years ago. Order books for Infiniti is now open. How about a M37 saloon for you, Mr President ?

Going back to the title of the blog entry, I would cast a vote for the Jaguar XJ for its stately stance and sloping good looks. It would certainly make a dignified ride for our Head of State.

To all readers, what would your choice be ? Please state in the comments box below.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Dice Jul 22 2011 11:41 AM
nothing says towkay or dignitary like a S-class... recently saw a S600 in Singapore! bimmer feel more reserved for corporate CEO... just MHO
Kangadrool Jul 22 2011 09:33 PM
How come the CLS350 got such a big and uneven gaps?
Tansrb Jul 23 2011 02:12 AM
i think they're gonna go for the S class again
Speed_ong Jul 23 2011 11:53 AM
They might use Toyota Camry in order to show that they are prudent!
Fitvip Jul 24 2011 06:32 PM
Get a Mayback lah!
Syaheerbmw Jul 25 2011 09:23 AM
I seriously think they are going to use the S350L for the new Presidential Mobile.. BMW is too sporty looking, the LS is too Ah Pek, Jags never made it to the list due to reliability problems(past XJs were rubbish) and it's British, I don't think they want a colonial car =P..
Syaheerbmw Jul 25 2011 09:27 AM
And knowing the SG govt, they won't go for the unconventional and less than German Luxury or Lexus range.. BTW, I think the Infinity M37 might be priced just below the LS, above the GS, thus it's not really a "practical choice", to add to that, reports of the high FC is also another issue(reportedly higher that the S350)..
Eugn86 Jul 25 2011 01:43 PM
Think they will wait for the replacement S-Class as they already have 1 current generation. After all, they must lead by example that we embrace the latest technology. And face it, nothing beats a 3-pointed star on the bonnet when it comes to status, class and flamboyance. The RR is too extravagant, the Jag is nice but has the wrong family background (Colonial roots now taken over by ex British colony aka India's TATA motors).
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