Papal car fleet adds new fully loaded Volvo sport utility vehicle
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The papal car fleet now has a new addition: a fully loaded, top-of-the-line, eight-cylinder sport utility vehicle. At the end of the pope's weekly general audience, Volvo representatives handed the pope a set of keys to one of their latest XC90 models that had been outfitted especially for him. The blue SUV with taupe interior boasts a six-speed automatic transmission and 311-horsepower engine plus all the state-of-the-art safety features. Though Volvo is Latin for 'I turn' or 'I roll,' the XC90 features a patented Roll Over Protection System, Roll Stability Control, and a whiplash protection seating system, all meant to reduce damage to passengers and the vehicle in case of an accident. Other standard features in the seven-passenger vehicle are ergonomically designed seats, reading lamps, an eight-speaker CD player, 12-volt power outlets and 12 beverage holders.