Russian President Vladimir Putin traveled to his inauguration for a new six-year term last week in a Russian-made limousine, ditching his old stretch Mercedes to send a patriotic message of self-sufficiency.
Some guests broke into applause at the sight of the car carrying Putin the short distance from his office to the Kremlin hall for the inauguration, Russian news agencies said.
"It's cooler than Trump's," one guest was quoted as saying by the RIA news agency.
Putin has in the past publicly driven Russian cars in front of TV cameras in an effort to nurture patriotism and support the domestic auto industry.
Under development since 2012, the limousine is being produced by the Russian research institute NAMI and will be distributed in partnership with Russian automaker Sollers.
Last week marked the first public outing of the limousine, part of the Kortezh series that is expected to include a sedan, minivan and SUV.
The new limousine is set to become the heir to the Russian-made ZIL sedans that for decades transported Soviet leaders.