Kim Jong Un travels with a convoy of armoured Mercedes limos, but the company doesn't know how he got them

STR/AFP/Getty ImagesKim Jong Un’s motorcade in Vladivostok, Russia on Tuesday.
  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Vladivostok,Russia by train on Wednesday ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Around town, Kim uses a Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard limousine, an older Mercedes sold between 2008 and 2013.
  • Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, told Business Insider in a statement that it has “no idea” how its limos wound up in North Korea as the firm does not do direct business with the hermit nation.
  • The Mercedes S600 is powered by a V12 engine, bulletproof, and loaded with amenities.
  • A new Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard starts at $US1.6 million.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un arrived in Vladivostok, Russia by train on Wednesday ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The North Korean leader travelled around Vladivostok in what is believed to be an armoured Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard limousine. Little is known about Kim’s limo, though it looks to be from the W221 generation, sold from 2008 to 2013, and features white leather upholstery.

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Kim is also known to use a Mercedes-made Maybach 62 limo as well.

Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, told Business Insider in a statement that it has “no idea” how its limos wound up in North Korea as the firm does not do direct business with the hermit nation.

“For Daimler, the correct export of products in conformance with the law is a fundamental principle of responsible entrepreneurial activity,” the German conglomerate said. “Our company has had no business connections with North Korea for far more than 15 years now and strictly complies with EU and US embargoes.”

The company added, “To prevent deliveries to North Korea and to any of its embassies worldwide, Daimler has implemented a comprehensive export control process.”

Although Daimler admitted that it has no control over the actions of third-party or second-hand dealers, it’s likely through those channels that North Korea obtained the vehicles.

Photos of the North Korean Mercedes limos first surfaced in 2014. The vehicles are estimated to have been worth well over $US1 million each at the time of purchase. Kim used the same limo for his summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore last year.

While Kim’s limo is not the most updated version of the vehicle, it’s still quite the ride.

The W221 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard was introduced for the 2008 model year.


The W221 received a facelift for the 2010 model year. Kim’s limo has the post-facelift front and rear end designs, which means it was likely ordered after 2010.

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There are few details available on the interior of Kim’s limo, but the W221 is decked with reclining seats and multi-media system.


Production W221 S600 Pullman Guards are powered by a 517-horsepower, 5.5-litre, bi-turbo V12 engine and decked out with a luxurious leather-lined interior. At roughly 21 feet long, the S600 Pullman is absolutely massive, and there are almost certainly special modifications to suit Kim’s personal needs.

These days, if you want something like Kim’s limo, you’ll have to go with the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard. The current-generation W222 Maybach S600 Pullman Guard debuted in late 2016, but customer deliveries didn’t commence until the second half of last year.

Though Mercedes-Maybach announced an updated S650 Pullman limo last year, there is not yet an armoured Guard version of the new model – so if you want bullet resistant luxury, you’ll need the S600.

The current generation Pullman Guard limo is a stretched version of Mercedes’ $US513,000 Maybach S600 Guard armoured sedan.


Stretched to more than 21 feet and loaded with armoured protection, the Pullman Guard tips the scales at more than 5.5 tons, or 11,000 pounds.


Power for the Pullman Guard comes from a monster 6.0-litre, 530-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V12 engine.


Armoured protection includes integrated steel protection panels inside the body, along with overlapping protection panels in critical areas of the car. The Guard also features armoured floors to protect occupants from bomb blasts.


In addition, the ultra-thick laminated-glass windows have been coated with polycarbonate on the inside to prevent splintering. According to Mercedes, the Pullman Guard is certified at resistance class VR9 and blastproof to comply with ERV 2010 standards.


Inside, the Pullman Guard is as luxurious as you would expect from a Maybach limo. The cabin can be made bespoke to fit the needs and tastes of the individual customer. Passengers in the back enjoy private-jet-like legroom and reclining captain’s chairs.


The Pullman Guard’s rear cabin can also be fitted with rearward-facing jump seats to increase seating capacity for in-car meetings.


According to Mercedes, the S600 Pullman Guard lists for a whopping $US1.57 million in its native Germany.

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Kim also travels with a second Mercedes limo — usually a Maybach 62.

Mercedes-Benz introduced the Maybach 62 in 2002 as a rival to the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Bentley Arnage. It’s a predecessor of today’s Mercedes-Maybach S-Class limos.

The Maybach is equipped with rear cabin entertainment systems and reclining rear seats.

The 20-foot-long limo remained in production until 2012 and carried a price tag of around $US500,000 not including any modifications for presidential duties.

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