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While touring the assembly plant that builds Jeep's Grand Cherokee, U.S. President Barack Obama explained why he has a close connection to the SUV.

Speaking today at Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, United States President Barack Obama revealed that his first new car purchase came just ten years ago: A 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The President revealed details about the purchase while speaking after a tour of the assembly plant in Detroit that builds the Grand Cherokee. He told those gathered that he was excited to purchase his first new car - his first with power windows.

Obama put about 84,000 miles on the Jeep before trading it in 2004 on a Chrysler 300C, which later gave way to a Ford Escape Hybrid. Nowadays, Obama's transportation is, of course, somewhat more luxurious and better armored.

Obama's former Grand Cherokee, a black Limited equipped with the 4.7-liter V8 and now showing 133,000 miles, is now owned by a Connecticut collector who acquired it for the relatively low sum of $26,437 at an auction earlier this year.

Obama reveals some details about his first new car in his speech (found below) at about 0:45.



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