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ZiL President Concept preview

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Why does President Putin need a new limo, and what's the history of ZiL?

Why does President Putin need a new limo, and what's the history of ZiL? ZiL - or Zavod imeni Likhachova - is a great name from the Soviet Union's past. The firm produced cars for Soviet leaders, such as Khrushchev, Brezhnev and Gorbachev. But after a spell in the Presidential wilderness, the company had been commissioned to create a new ZiL-4112P limousine for the current Russian president, Vladimir Putin, who was reportedly fed up with seeing everyone in his country riding around in flash German metal.Unfortunately, Mr Putin is apparently unimpressed with his new wheels, which went into service last year. In response, Russian car design website Cardesign.ru and Russian supercar maker Marussia decided to hold an independent design competition to see if anyone could come up with a better solution. This awesome-looking ZiL President concept has been voted the winner. 
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