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Theresa May Locked in Her Limo

It goes without saying that UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, has had a tough week or so. Being in the latter stages of Brexit negotiations, May has travelled the world to finalise details of her proposed deal.

The Conservative leader delayed a parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal this week, having come under great criticism by pretty much everyone.

Having visited Netherlands, Germany and Brussels, May has had her fair share of limo rides. However, yesterday’s trip was by far the most dramatic.

According to reporters, Theresa May was locked inside of her limousine in Germany for a brief while. Locked in the car in front of German leader, Angela Merkel, May was apparently locked in the car for over 10 seconds, with her team having to prise the door open. When finally released, the Prime Minister enjoyed a friendly handshake with Merkel, appearing pretty relieved to be free.

Bedecked in Britain’s Union Flag, the limousine understandably caught the attention of the press, with this awkward encounter publicised to the masses.

It has now been announced that May’s Brexit deal has been pushed back to the House of Commons “before January 21”. A spokesperson claimed that May will review the “spirit” of the EU Withdrawal Act by then. However, Commons authorities suggested that the a deal may to be reached until as late as March 28th; the day before Brexit is scheduled.

There has now been many calls for Theresa May to stand down as Prime Minister. Former Minister, Steve Baker, says it is her “duty” to stand down:

“The Prime Minister believes it is her duty to deliver on the will of the British people and take us out of the EU.”

Mr Baker told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

“If we can’t go forwards with her deal … then I’m afraid the only way to change the policy is to change the Prime Minister, and I really think it’s her duty to go.”

Let us know what you think. Is a dodgy child lock on a limo the least if May’s problems?

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Donald Trump Attends Bush Funeral in Luxury Limo

Presidential limos are a subject of complete fascination for us, with authoritative public figures always making big displays of vehicle eccentricity. This is especially the case when it comes to key political events. This is why we were not surprised at the way in which President Donald Trump arrived to the funeral of George HW Bush last week.

A 9-car convoy

According to sources, the American leader arrived at Blair House to visit grieving relatives of the bush family. While a nice gesture, the president has been criticised for arriving in The Beast limousine accompanied by an 8-vehicle motorcade. Trump came under fire for using the 9 motors to travel a mere 250 yards, with many concerned over the environmental impact of just a journey.

Travelling just a few blocks from the White House, it is still unknown whether this 9-car convoy was a security measure or the personal preference of the President’s.

While many have been eager to pass comment on Trump’s decision to travel down the road in this way, former President, Barack Obama, was equally as lavish when it came to transport. Renowned for closing roads in Washington and employing full motorcades, Obama, like Trump, took no risks.

But, this was arguably the work of the Secret Service. In Mrs Michelle Obama’s recent autobiography, she revealed how the Secret Service often requested she or her husband “take the motorcade instead of walking” to Blair House.

A repeat performance

But, this is not the first time Donald Trump has been criticised for choosing a motor over his legs. Last year at the G-7 Summit, Trump was bashed for traveling via golf cart as the rest of the world’s leaders walked and posed for group photographs.

Let us know what you think about this story. Should Trump always place safety as a priority or should he be stretching his legs more? Leave your comments with us.

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EZ-Ultimo: The Limo that’s a 5-star Hotel Inside

As you well know, here at Limo Broker, we love nothing more than an experimental limousine concept, enjoying looking at designs that give us an insight into future travel. This is why this week we were thrilled to learn more about the Renault limo concept; a vehicle that is basically a 5-star hotel built inside a car cabin!

Being the talk of the car manufacturing industry, the limousine is being called the EZ-Ultimo. Unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, the limo quickly became known as “Batman’s limo”. Impressive on every level, from the exterior to the interior, the concept is a great example of how creative manufacturers are getting in the race to autonomous travel.

Forbes explained:

“EZ-Ultimo lives up to its name. It is a grand vision of the future, in which the ultra-rich are chauffeured in opulence befitting royalty.”

A futuristic design

Fit for royalty, the cabin is grand to say the least, created solely to impress important travellers. Set to provide an unparalleled transport experience, the cabin boasts natural materials such as marble, woods and fine leathers, making for a calming atmosphere for passengers. But ‘why is it being compared to a hotel?’ we hear you ask. Well, passengers sit adjacent to one another, with glass panels and plush leather making it not dissimilar to a high-end hotel lobby.

What’s more is that the exterior is nothing but extravagant, with the concept limousine being 19 feet long. Though colossal in size, the car only seats four people, giving four lucky passengers a roomy, relaxed way to travel. The limo is also completely autonomous, meaning there will be no driver, just the wonders of new technology to navigate you around the city.

Let us know what you think. Has Renault given us a hint of what future road travel will be like? Leave your comments with us.

Limo Broker Launches New and Improved Website

Here at Limo Broker, we work hard to remain the home of luxury vehicle hire, catering to our customers’ needs and wants when it comes to planning transport. Understanding how important it is for brands to move with the times, we have this week unveiled our new website, launching a redesign of our popular site; LimobBroker.Co.Uk. Fed from a great deal of research, this new website is something we are thrilled to finally be sharing with you.  

Conducted by award-winning creative agency, MOBO Media, the project’s aim was to give our much-valued customers a performant, reliable, efficient and smooth method to book limos online; an ambition that MOBO has well and truly achieved.  

Fast and simple 

Digging deep into the analytics of our site, we found that users were shopping for limos, chauffeur cars and supercars using all types of devices. Wanting to accommodate all visitors, MOBO ensured the website was coded and designed using the latest tech and coding standards, presenting itself beautifully on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones.  

The lead designer on the project explains:

“At the forefront of this new design was focus on accessibility, accessibility in this sense means users of all abilities having access to the site and the ability to control it. Accessibility on the web typically refers to users with handicaps, such as vision impairment, limited mobility of limbs and other physical or mental factors that affect their use of websites and technology.” 

Navigation  

Utilising the wonders of HTML, the website now boasts a clean, simplified structure, making it incredibly user-friendly. Starting from scratch and hand-coded, this website has been built specifically with Limo Broker’s customers in mind.  

Placing a huge focus on navigation, the new site sees all the information users want within reach, putting just seconds between logging on and receiving vehicle hire confirmation. With an all-new simple, 3-colour design, users with limited vision can differentiate between elements, with the design team ensuring adequate spacing between clickable elements. All these features combine to make for the best-possible browsing experience.

“For design performance we opted to use techniques that help us write highly optimised website styles that gives us longevity, for this we used SCSS a library that helps our developers write CSS (The code that changes how the site looks and feels” MOBO continues.  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank MOBO for their work on this project and look forward to working with the team in the very near future.

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14 of the World’s Best Limos

Limousines come in all shapes, colours and sizes, being an incredible car category that we at Limo Broker hugely admire. From the Lincoln Towncar Limousine to the Hummer Limousine, the long wheelbase vehicles are fun and incredibly easy on the eye. Built with a huge focus on passenger comfort, limousines are best when chauffeur-driven, giving those lucky enough to travel inside a truly great transport experience.

Just this week, popular car magazine, AutoCar, shared what they believed to be the best limousines ever made. Below we have shone the spotlight on our top 14 from the list.

Cadillac 75 (1936)

The brand Cadillac is incredibly well-known, renowned for creating vehicles that are real show-stoppers. For this reason, it is easy to see why the Cadillac 75 made the top limo list, with the 75 being the brand’s flagship vehicle.

Rolls-Royce Phantom V (1959)

Next up we have the Rolls-Royce Phantom V (1959); a simply beautiful creation. Brought to us by the world-renowned British carmakers, the Rolls Royce V is a limo we all know and love. While no two versions are the same visually, each is powered by an impressive 6.23-litre V8 engine.

Checker Aerobus (1962)

Created in the 1960’s, the Checker Aerobus was built to occupy as many passengers as possible, initially made to ferry people to airports and cities centres. As a stretched version of the famous yellow cab, the limo had eight doors and 15 seats.

Mercedes Pullman Limo (1963)

The Mercedes Pullman is said to be the only limo that came close to rivalling the Rolls Royce collection, shocking the world when it launched the S600. Nicknamed ‘Grosser’ meaning ‘grand’, the limo was an extended Pullman, adding 246 inches to the original model.

Daimler DS420 (1968)

As the longest-running factory limo ever offered, the Daimler DS420 understandably made the list of best limos. Loved by Mayors and high-profile individuals, the Daimler DS420 was used commonly by the Queen Mother.

ZIL-4104 (1973)

If you have seen any Cold War films, you will no doubt have seen the ZIL-4104 (1973); an 80’s limo that was built specifically for the leaders of the Soviet Union.

Mercedes-Benz V123 (1976)

Another great limo from Mercedes is the V123, a stunning limousine that stole the show in the late 70s. Referred to as the ‘Munich taxi’, this limo can now be purchased for as little as £2500.

Zimmer (1978)

The limo mapped the way when it came to extravagance, being outlandish with its exterior design. Built in New Jersey, the Zimmer came in both 2 and 4-door options.

Lincoln Town Car (1980)

Now, the Lincoln Town Car is a limo that has changed over time, still one of the most popular limos hired for birthdays, weddings and other popular events. While a version of the car has been around since the 50s, the 1980s model was created with those that wanted to travel in the back in mind.

Maybach 62 (2002)

After the Millennium, limousines started to become sleeker and sophisticated, as proven by the Maybach 62. Launched on the Queen Elizabeth 2 ship, the Maybach 62 was and still is fabulous.

Hummer H2 (2002)

Launched in the same year as the Maybach 62 was the Hummer H2; one of the first tank-looking limos to grace our roads. With some models being 12.3-metres in length, the car was adopted fully by partygoers that wanted to stand out on the road.

Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB (2005)

Known for creating aesthetically stunning vehicles, Rolls Royce obviously impressed with the launch of the Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB (2005); a car that stamped the British carmaker’s name in the limo space indefinitely.

Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine (2016)

Fast forward a few years and Bentley gave us the Bentley Mulsanne Grand Limousine. Revealed to the public in 2016, the limo had two pairs of rear seats that faced each other, making for a comfortable, sociable cabin.

Presidential state car (2018)

Topping the list of the world’s best limos is understandably the 2018 Presidential Limo. Nicknamed ‘The Beast’, the car certainly suits Donald Trump’s style, being loud and proud. Weighing 9072kg and costing $16 million, it is easy to see why this vehicle came up trumps!

Let us know what you think, are there any other limos you think should have made the list?