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Made in Russia – Putin’s New Cortege Limousine

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After the USSR collapse, Russian presidents and government officials preferred to move by German’s Mercedes Benz S-class and their corteges also consisted of German manufactured cars. In Soviet Union times there was a special edition of cars produced in USSR “ЗИМ”, “Волга” and “Чайка” specially for the chairmen of USSR.

In November 2011 it was decided to revive the tradition. The project named “Cortege” started. Soon in August 2018 the car brand “Aurus” was presented officially to wide audience. It consists of three cars : the long — wheelbase and short — wheelbase sedans — “Senate”, the minibus – “Arsenal”, and the SUV which will appear in 2019, – “Commandant”. All models were named in honor of Kremlin towers. There are 20 towers in Kremlin, by the way. The name of brand Aurum decrypts as Aurum – gold and Rus – Russia. Company’s general director is Gerhard Hilgert.

Designers worked hard and the results are awesome. But some people criticize it and say that Aurus Senat resembles Rolls-Royce Phantom… It’s not clear whether of a luxury or of the exterior design. If we evaluate the body of the Russian Executive sedan without bias, you can find in the design of the Executive car, something from Rolls-Royce Phantom, Lincoln Continental and even from Toyota Century.

It is supposed to manufacture 5000 cars per year. There are no price tags established yet. We have only approximate prices. Sedans and limousines Aurus should cost 10-15% more expensive than similar cars Mercedes-Benz, and definitely cheaper than Rolls-Royce.

New Ministers of the Russian Government will be transplanted to the aurus sedans at the end of 2018. After that the car will be available to all other buyers. It turns out that anyone can buy AURUS at a price of $ 150 000 when it comes to sedan, limousine prices will start from $ 250 000. Prices for SUV and minibus will be announced later.

The only available to date V8 engine 4.4 liters with a capacity of 598 horsepower is under the hood. Soon the more powerful 6.6-liter V12 with a return of 857 horsepower will be available. There is an optional electric motor, so this auto can be a hybrid. In the longer term, the Aurus will become fully electric. More than half of the components are manufactured in Russia.All the models Sedan, van and SUV, are similar in style. The largest model is Aurus Senat Limousine. It’s Length is 6.63 meters, almost a meter longer than Rolls-Royce Phantom and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach LWB.

The body of the sedan and its wheelbase is exactly one meter shorter than that of the limousine. And still it is longer than the modern Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The “maximum speed” of 250 kilometers per hour. All-wheel drive hybrid sedan Senat curb weight of 2740 kg shoots from 0 to 100 kmh in just 6.0 seconds (some sources say that the dynamics is even better, about 5.8 seconds, fuel consumption when driving on the highway 15 liters.

Engineers have developed new and original software, design, control system, software product, various interfaces. All modern communications in order to connect your phone, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, it’s all in Aurus.

Cars will be produced in two versions. The first is cars for the open market, there are all-interfaces, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, wireless headphones, separated control channels for rear monitors. The second version is  for the government. In government version information security is on the first place. One of the main tasks is to protect information and the person. It was necessary to disable all interfaces on which information leakage can occur.

Unique high-quality finishing materials: the best natural leather of the Russian production, wood of valuable breeds are used in the interior. Metal and glass of multimedia devices do not allow to doubt that Aurus is a very modern car.

In fact, modern, stylish, high quality and cozy. Cream leather of high quality covered almost everything in the cabin, except perhaps the top of the front panel. Natural wood panels of natural color with open pores on the front panel, central tunnel and door maps. Light carpet with high pile on the floor and sides of the tunnel looks luxurious.

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