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2005-10-07 08:07

Pope to cruise around in BMW's popular X5

Following an audience with the pope, the BMW Group on Thursday handed over the X5 to the Holy Father.

Dr Michael Ganal, member of the board of management of BMW AG, and Marco Saltalamacchia, president of BMW Italy, represented the company at the official reception.

"We are proud to be able to provide Pope Benedict XVI with a BMW car," Ganal said.

However BMW insists that the pope's new X5 isn't a new "Popemobile".

The BMW X5 increases the number of BMW vehicles owned by the Vatican: in addition to a fleet of BMW C1 two-wheelers, the official Vatican vehicle fleet has two more BMW automobiles: a BMW 525i and a BMW 740i.

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