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With the inauguration of George W. Bush in 2001, General Motors created the first presidential Cadillac limousine that was really something else underneath trying to like a Cadillac. That something else was most likely a wearing some body panels over a modernized ballistic cocoon. The 2001 limousines (and there were a number of largely identical copies built) were the first of what is the Secret Service's modern approach to the exterior and interior architecture of a presidential limousine. While previous vehicles like the Clinton-era Cadillac DeVilles offered 2+2+2 seating analogous to that of the Pullman Guard, its closest direct "competitor," the 2001 limousine that vaguely resembled a 2001 Cadillac DTS, was designed from the ground up, and was not really subject to any design limitations imposed by the base vehicle. Very few of the body panels of the 2001 Cadillac DTS actually came from the DTS, and even things that could have been parts-bin items such as the grille and headlights were custom made to fit the unique body.
The design itself ended up being what was humorously called "the Cadillac Escalade sedan." The current Beasts (once again, there are believed to be around 12, even though no more than four are usually glimpsed at once) continued with the basic layout that debuted with the 2001 Cadillac DTS, retaining the basic insert/door proportions and gaining additional armor protection. The result was the heaviest and most secure vehicle ever constructed for a U.S. president, even though some experts have pointed out that its top speed is unlikely to exceed the posted limit in most jurisdictions just due to the dynamics of the chassis and the engine.
Two people were arrested in Palm Springs on Monday on suspicion of stealing a 2001 Cadillac DTS, according to the Palm Springs Police Department.