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Slava Saakyan envisions a New ZiL Limo for Russian President Medvedev and his entourage

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hopes to revive the ZiL limousine, a former Soviet symbol of transportational power, for use by himself and other government officials and diplomats. Due to these rumors, which came to light earlier this year, the Slava Saakyan design studio - named after its founder, a former AMO ZiL designer - has dreamt up its own interpretation of the once-presidential vehicle.

Saakyan, who reportedly won the in-house design contest for what would have been the next ZiL, says he tried to incorporate a few basic ideals when designing the new ZiL. These include keeping the car modern, safe (it has no back window for would-be assassins to target), comfortable, and to the point. The designer did away with other baubles as well, cleaning up the newly-creased edges.

As for the possibility of ZiL's return to the forefront of Russian politicians' transportation, might I remind you of "supercar" manufacturer Marussia? Clearly anything's possible in the former Soviet Union these days. According to presidential property department head Vladimir Kozhin, "There is a presidential order to explore this..We are currently discussing [the ZiL limousine] with factories."

Obviously this rendering is just the start. Should the ZiL make a return to duty, a concept could be showing up any time and would likely be powered by something in the "V8s and above" category. I imagine President Medvedev would rather enjoy his Mercedes-fighting Russian flagship sooner than later.

By Phil Alex

Via: Cardesign


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28 Comments:

Anonymous said... »November 05, 2010

Terrible.

Neinfectat De Comunism said... »November 05, 2010

it's not without it's merits...it's definetly a Zil...

Anonymous said... »November 05, 2010

Lego builds a car!

Anonymous said... »November 05, 2010

it s for a new anime "thunderbirds"

micanichi said... »November 05, 2010

Wow, hideous vehicle. Looks like American automakers won't have to contend with the Russians anytime in the near future.

Anonymous said... »November 06, 2010

ugly rolls royce phantom copy. Thinner and longer and acting to modify a rolls royce front end.

Lada riva + Rolls royce = this thing

Anonymous said... »November 06, 2010

That is not going to get much of a euro ncap pedestrian safety rating for sure!

Anonymous said... »November 06, 2010

It's been done before - http://omg.wthax.org/Aston_Martin_Lagonda.jpg

Anonymous said... »November 06, 2010

it definetly makes an impression! a bit comic book

Anonymous said... »November 06, 2010

I actually think it looks incredibly good and powerful !

Anonymous said... »November 06, 2010

"I actually think it looks incredibly good and powerful !"

Indeed... I agree with you that this is the Kremlin version of the "Beast"... It possesses an distinctive Russian design language...

Anonymous said... »November 06, 2010

Can you say "Aston Martin Lagonda," only uglier?

MM said... »November 06, 2010

BABY GOT BACK! love it.

Anonymous said... »November 06, 2010

iF an Aston Martin Lagonda had a baby with the green hornet !

Anonymous said... »November 06, 2010

People who think that this vehicle looks like Aston Martin Lagonda are retarded.

They are probably British; in almost every car they will find something similar to their cars and will state that design was stolen.

Anonymous said... »November 06, 2010

That is a massive boat!

I love it! It's very imposing!

Anonymous said... »November 06, 2010

Russians are trying to recover their pride after two lost decades.
I have no doubt that they will find the way to produce real icons again.
This car is the translation of the "space race styling" to XXI Century's language

Anonymous said... »November 06, 2010

Ha, ha! It looks like a Cadillac art and science design. Either that or an XLR went off of it's diet!

Anonymous said... »November 07, 2010

This is like an American design..taken to its extremes.

Anonymous said... »November 07, 2010

#1
People who think that this vehicle looks like Aston Martin Lagonda are retarded.

They are probably British; in almost every car they will find something similar to their cars and will state that design was stolen.

#2
Ha, ha! It looks like a Cadillac art and science design

#3
This is like an American design..taken to its extremes.

#4
Looks like American automakers won't have to contend with the Russians anytime in the near future.

Question - Have the Americans still got some automakers?

Anonymous said... »November 07, 2010

A XXI century Soviet-Czar nuclear limo. Goofy, but i like it:)

Anonymous said... »November 07, 2010

This is where retro styling, which is in style, meets the type car Detroit would rather forget.

Anonymous said... »November 08, 2010

nuclear power ? yes
car builder ? no

Anonymous said... »November 09, 2010

Retarded if you think it looks like a 1970s British Aston Martin Lagonda? In what way does it NOT look like an Aston Martin Lagonda? Twat!

Anonymous said... »November 10, 2010

Then: Be there or be square
Now: Be there... in a square

Anonymous said... »November 26, 2010

Hell yeah, I want myself one of these baby's...in one of these...you who's the boss.

Anonymous said... »January 29, 2011

Has nothing in common with Aston Martin Lagonda, at least, Some say. GREAT CAR, it looks like TANK. BIG AND STRONG!

XXXXLT said... »December 28, 2011

LOVE IT!!!! - I'll take one - but, put a back window in it :)  Nice to see someone thinking of a "FULL SIZED" car instead of a freakin' ugly SUV!!  or a combo of the two like the HIDEOUS Cadillac that the guy in the white house is carried around in.....

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