ŠKODA Ireland has announced that it will be the official car partner to the World Meeting of Families 2018 and the Papal visit later this month.
As part of the announcement, ŠKODA Ireland confirmed that when Pope Francis touches down in Dublin on the morning of Saturday, 25th August, he will be transported to Áras an Uachtaráin in a ŠKODA Rapid.
Three identical ŠKODA Rapids, each fitted with customised registration plates, have been reserved for the event.
The registration plates hold some significance, with 182-C-1979 commemorating Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland in 1979. 182-C-2018 will mark this year’s visit. 182-D-9093 is the primary vehicle, and when the digits 9093 are inverted, they spell out the word POPE (!).
Special glass has been installed and each vehicle has been finished in unique navy blue as requested. Small chrome flag poles have also been installed to the passenger side fenders to display the Vatican flag.
Speaking about the partnership, ŠKODA Ireland’s Head of Marketing and Product, Raymond Leddy, said: “We are excited and honoured to be official car partner of the World Meeting of Families 2018. All ŠKODA models are designed and built with the family in mind. We offer some of the most spacious cars on the market, perfect for families young and old, so this is a great opportunity for us to showcase the quality of the ŠKODA range to mass audiences, both at home and abroad.”
After the event, Pope Francis’s ŠKODA Rapid, together with an additional ŠKODA Rapid, will be provided to a charity.
In addition to providing transport to Pope Francis in Dublin and Knock, ŠKODA Ireland will provide logistical services to dignitaries, with a fleet of ŠKODA Superbs, Karoqs and Octavias.