The Truth About Cars » wedding http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Dec 2014 13:37:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » wedding http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Chinese Are Getting Married, And It’s WAR! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/chinese-are-getting-married-and-its-war/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/chinese-are-getting-married-and-its-war/#comments Wed, 01 Feb 2012 12:48:37 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=428946 In the olden days, you banged your girl, and then got married. In China, as modern as it may be, the big bang is after the wedding ceremony. No Chinese wedding is complete without WWIII – worthy fireworks. The delivery vehicles for the marriage-megatonnage are purpose-converted ‘salute cars.’ As Tycho of Carnewschina tells us, the […]

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In the olden days, you banged your girl, and then got married. In China, as modern as it may be, the big bang is after the wedding ceremony. No Chinese wedding is complete without WWIII – worthy fireworks. The delivery vehicles for the marriage-megatonnage are purpose-converted ‘salute cars.’ As Tycho of Carnewschina tells us, the salute cars “are mostly based on old Beijing-Jeeps, dressed in military style with a big and scary rocket launcher in the back.”

Tycho covers Chinese cars and weddings like no other. He is a certified expert: He had his own Chinese wedding, and the grapevine says that it was successful. Tycho reports that the salute cars are for hire: “Rent for one day will cost around 5000 yuan, 800 USD, including the fireworks and personnel.”

As they said: When you get married, start your new life with a bang.

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The Race To Monte http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/the-race-to-monte/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/the-race-to-monte/#comments Sun, 03 Jul 2011 09:55:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401523 To celebrate the nuptials of the Princess and the Prince of Monaco, here one of the Top Gear classics: Aston Martin DB9 against public transport.  London to Monte Carlo.  Who gets there first? Car or train? At the risk of ruining the plot, remember what Jeremy Clarkson said: “I think the important thing we proved […]

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To celebrate the nuptials of the Princess and the Prince of Monaco, here one of the Top Gear classics: Aston Martin DB9 against public transport.  London to Monte Carlo.  Who gets there first? Car or train? At the risk of ruining the plot, remember what Jeremy Clarkson said:

“I think the important thing we proved today. No matter how good public transport is, not matter how much it runs like clock work, it will never be a match for a car.”

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Prince Of Monaco Gets Married In A Toyota http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/prince-of-monaco-gets-married-in-a-toyota/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/prince-of-monaco-gets-married-in-a-toyota/#comments Sat, 25 Jun 2011 11:10:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400156 When you are the ruler of the Principality of Monaco, as tiny (and tony) as it may be, you don’t have to worry about any indigenous auto manufacture. And when you  marry your lovely bride, you can pick any car you damn choose. For his upcoming nuptials with former South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, […]

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When you are the ruler of the Principality of Monaco, as tiny (and tony) as it may be, you don’t have to worry about any indigenous auto manufacture. And when you  marry your lovely bride, you can pick any car you damn choose. For his upcoming nuptials with former South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock, Prince Albert of Monaco picked a Toyota.

Truth be told, it’s a car made by Toyota, but branded a Lexus. It is a full hybrid LS 600h L Landaulet with a one-piece, transparent polycarbonate roof.

The conversion was undertaken by Belgian coachbuilders Carat Duchatelet. It took over 2,000 hours to complete. Much of the vehicle had to be completely dismantled, involving the stripping out of some 20,000 mechanical parts, electronic components and interior features and upholstery. Re-assembly occurred under the close supervision of the Lexus engineering team, to ensure consistency with the original vehicle specifications and performance

The roof is a single, lightweight polycarbonate shell, just 8 mm thick and weighing only 26 kg. It was built in France by a company that usually makes helicopter windshields and jet fighter canopies.

On the day of the wedding, the Landaulet LS 600h L will be used by the royal couple to tour the Principality after the ceremony. For most of the tour, the vehicle will drive under electric-motor power alone.  Not that the principality usually does mind a little bit of exhaust.

 

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