No room for Rudolph and chums on souped-up Santa's 21st Century sleigh
By Ray MasseyLast updated at 8:57 AM on 24th December 2009
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For a chap who relies on astonishing speed to deliver presents to every child in the world in just one night, the traditional sleigh and reindeer combination seems a bit old-fashioned.
So, with the world's expanding population making Santa's timetable ever more hectic, motoring designers have created for him a choice of souped-up snowmobiles that, sadly, mean giving Rudolph the sack.
Land Rover Laplander: Features laser-guided present delivery system and 3D sat nav with chimney recognition software
Vauxhall Clausa: Electric motor avoids waking children when it idles on the rooftop as driver disappears down the chimney
Experts at some of Britain's leading motoring manufacturers redesigned Santa's sleigh in their own inimitable style for the modern car market of 2010.
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Getting to the four corners of the Earth in a matter of hours requires the ultimate in streamlined speed technology with, of course, the ability to fly.
Bentley Flying B: Sadly, speedsters lack of boot room means the sack of presents has to be towed behind, risking mid-air damage
Plenty of legroom for Santa's ample size and cabin space for his little helpers are essential, not to mention an abundant boot for the millions of presents.
Ford ES-SACKS: Pop-out silver snowboards are sleek and practical. Tinted windows keep Santa's identity under wraps
Jaguar XM-AS: This bright-red scooter, with room for a lady passenger, is the ultimate answer to Father C's mid-life crisis
Sat nav - ideally 3D to cope with the rooftop visits - and parking sensors for negotiating the chimneys are also important. One sleigh even comes with the ingenious added extra of chimney recognition software.
The new sleigh models were commissioned by CAR magazine. See the full line up at http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/.
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Rolls Royce: The simple, classic lines of the sleigh demonstrate the elegance of a 'Roller'