If you just searched for limo or limousine, you may not have found what you were looking for ...
Updated: Jan 4
... but it isn't our fault ... honestly! Read on.
Depending on where in the world you are from, and what language you speak determines the meaning of the word limousine. Our French customers have little problem with the word limousine as they invented it! Traditionally, a limousine is a chauffeur driven, luxurious car, with a partition separating the driver from passengers. And conveniently, they have no issue with the word chauffeur as they invented that too! We posted a separate article on this - take a look here. Customers in the USA, Canada, Australia and German speaking countries will refer to a limo as a luxury sedan car and a stretch limo as an extended wheelbase version of the above (like the picture!) Select Chauffeurs are based near Lichfield in the United Kingdom. Most people in the UK searching for limousines are in fact looking for a stretch limousine - usually seating 8 or more people, suited to short journeys, with an elongated wheelbase and which now are not as popular as they were 10-15 years ago. However, a smaller percentage of UK customers have adopted the word limo to refer to a large saloon car (that is a sedan to some of you) which is luxurious, comfortable and driven by a chauffeur. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, chauffeur is a bit of a handful to type, so it gets replaced with limo! Secondly, we appear to have slightly borrowed the American meaning of limo - probably as a result of our international travels, books, films and the fact Google is an American product and wants us to use the word limo! So now you are starting to understand why it is "not our fault!" ... Confused yet? Don't be. Keep things simple .... the next time you are looking for a very long saloon car for your prom, stag party, hen party or other special occasion, you should be typing "stretch limo" in Google ... Or better still, look on our site and choosing a classy and modern alternative!