The papamobile (francism) or papemobile (Québécisme) is the abstract name given to the Véhicule used by the Pape during his displacements in public and which was especially designed for him.
It is a Mercedes Classe ml modified, equipped with a glazed cabin, in which to seat Sovereign pontiff taketakes, and who allows him to greet and to bless crowd on her passage. The papamobiles were until it based little there on the class G of Mercedes, a 4x4 robust, but less comfortable than the ml.
The first " papamobile" were discovered. The canopy appeared after the attempted murder whose Jean-Paul II in 1981 was victim. The pope being constantly likely to be victim of a Attack, especially in displacement, a shielding (panes, but also body) was added. It is normally conceived to resist powerful weapons of shooting (machine-guns of gauge 12,7 mm; rifle of attack of the type AK 47; etc) like with the last generations of grenades. To avoid a too important Greenhouse effect, glass is treated and an air-conditioning was added.
Today, one notices some " modernization" papamobiles, especially since the pope Benoît XVI acquired a Volvo XC90 whereas it has already a BMW X5.
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