Pope Francis Chooses a Fiat For His First Ride in US

The Pope left Joint Andrews Base to go to the

The car bore a small Vatican City flag with the license plate -- “SCV 1,” the initials for Status Civitatis Vaticanae, which is Latin for Vatican City State.

The car company tweeted today "#blessed".

The specs of the exact Fiat were not clear, the base model for the 500 "Lounge" has a 1.4-liter engine that gets 31 mpg/city, 40 mpg/highway. The base model starts at $18,700, according to fiat's website.

In January of this year, Pope Francis had raffled off a brand new Fiat Panda.

However, while he’s in America, Pope Francis won’t be using the Fiat as his “Popemobile” –- the vehicle he uses to make a public appearance to crowds. The Pope will be using a modified version of a Jeep Wrangler instead.