REVEALED: Pope Francis to ride in this car during Nairobi visit
Pope Francis will ride in a Isuzu D-Max pickup during his parade across the streets of Nairobi on Thursday.
Isuzu Kenya posted images of the custom made Pope mobile on its official Facebook page on Tuesday, settling the debate on a covered up pickup that was spotted in Nairobi two weeks ago.
“The Isuzu D-Max Pope mobile was designed with the security and comfort of Pope Francis in mind. The double-cab was customised for the Pope’s chair and additional seats for his companions,” wrote the company.
According to Isuzu, the glass shielding is made of plexiglass and was placed in front to protect the Pope.
“The Pope’s emblem emblazoned with a banig design adds a Filipino touch to the car. The chair is made from Italian leather with red carpet imported from Italy,” wrote the company.
The Isuzu Pope mobile was used during the Papal visit to Philippines in January this year.
The original plan was to use a closed Volkswagon Touran during his five-day visit, but Pope Francis chose to ride in the customised D-Max giving crowds a much better view.
The making of the D-Max was a joint undertaking of Almazora Motors and Gencars, who sell Isuzu pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles.
Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in Nairobi on Wednesday 5 p.m in his first tour in Africa that will see him visit also Uganda and the Central African Republic.