Rather, he’s scooting around Washington in a humble Fiat.
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After arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Pope Francis was greeted by President Obama before hopping in a Fiat 500L — the jumbo-sized version of the cheap little subcompact — for a trip into Washington.
The pope, known for being humble and unassuming, chose a car that doesn’t even break the $20,000 barrier. The starting price of the 500L is $19,345 before delivery charges.
It’s not officially what’s called the Popemobile. That’s the white car with clear roof that the pontiff usually uses for parades. It’s believed he’s going to be using a version of the Jeep Wrangler for that one.
Both Fiat and Jeep are brands of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Just as the pope traveled to the U.S. on an Alitalia jetliner, he also chose a vehicle that’s the pride of Italy.