Benedict has been dubbed the “green pope” for his environmental concerns, which have been a hallmark of his papacy.
Earlier this year, Italian automaker NWG donated one to the pope, but for the Vatican press office to use. Renault also has given a blue version of the white Kangoo to the Vatican gendarmes.
Though white and carrying the papal seal, the Renault isn’t a popemobile per se. Mercedes-Benz, which makes the customized popemobile with bullet-proof windows for the pope to use on trips outside the Vatican, has been studying a hybrid, energy-saving model.