The Art of living Passionately

A House

Founded in 1968 by Frédéric Duchatelet, CARAT DUCHATELET is a house, in the noblest sense of the word.

The house is proudly Belgian, a country well known for its rich history in craftsmanship and manufacturing, and located in the city of Liege.

Far away from mass and series production of the previous 50 years, Carat Duchatelet maintains the sense of the individual by providing prestigious sedans, limousines and off-road vehicles with the highest level of security and an atmosphere of exclusivity, comfort and technical excellence unique in the automotive industry.

Thanks to this principle, Carat Duchatelet is internationally recognized as the world leader in manufacturing specialty vehicles in the automotive industry.

Vision & Philosophy

We do understand individuality as we know every person is unique.

Our customers are integral to us, therefore they deserve special only the highest quality vehicles.

A Carat Duchatelet vehicle is more than just a car. It is a piece of art that represents the perfect harmony between the most traditional automotive craftsmanship and up-to-date technologies.

For over fifty years as master coachbuilders, we have been leaders in our profession and we are motivated by the quest for the ultimate in quality.

Being as perfectionists, second best is never good enough for us.

Our constant quest for unparalleled quality and our constant strive for your complete satisfaction are have become our corporate culture.

As Sir Henri Royce said, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.”

This could not better describe our philosophy.

R&D Department

Our internal R&D department and its team of desingers and engineers are behind the design and security of CARAT DUCHATELET cars.

Our R&D team works to harmoniously combine the proven quality of al high-end cars vehicles from reputed major automobile manufacturers with traditional automotive craftsmanship.

When extending a car vehicle or raising its roof, our team carries out extensive ergonomic analysis well as design integration of body parts that must respect philosophy of the OEM’s vehicle*.

Should you ever require protection, we re-engineer car for your security.

When it comes to the ballistic and blast protection of vehicles, our team are aware of the latest and lightest materials on the market which are constantly tested.

Working with Catia CAD software makes the exchange of files with OEM’s* easy and efficient.

Our engineers and designers are driven by respect of OEM’s quality and reliability.

*OEM = Original Equipment Manufacturer

Production

For over fifty years we have been leaders in our profession and we are motivated by our quest for the ultimate in quality. As perfectionists, second best has never been good enough for us.

We have therefore created an integrated production system where all stages of our work are carried out while undergoing a strict quality control from the earliest phases right through to the delivery of the finished product.

And most important for you: we master all production skills under one same roof.

Quality and confidentiality are then preserved.

Our clients

We have come a long way!

1968

It all started in 1968 when Frederic Duchatelet, the owner of a small car body workshop, began to picturing alternative fittings for outstanding vehicles. The young craftsman achieved an international recognition initially focusing on the S Class Mercedes-Benz. From several key points in history we can establish how CARAT DUCHATELET’s became the success story it is today.

1970’s

Advancements in engineering and manufacturing expanded our product offering to include other high-end vehicles such as Rolls Royce and Bentley. Our first business cars to launch gained immediate recognition from a sophisticated and cosmopolitan clientele.

At the same time, Carat Duchatelet encountered a growing number of customers requesting not only exclusive interior fittings, but also high security vehicles of the highest, exclusive standards.

The Carat Duchatelet security division was born alongside our research & development department who together developed the plating of MERCEDES S Class with a high level of ballistic protection.

1980’s

Our vehicle product lines expanded to include standard sedans and off-road vehicles and the raised roof option was also introduced. Simultaneously, an all-new production system was created to encounter the international market. The company was then able to meet the highest requirements of major OEM’s.

1990’s

Carat Duchatelet presented the first project collaboration with Mercedes-Benz: development and production of the interior fitting for the armored MERCEDES Class S W140 Pullman.

The Carat Duchatelet Rolls-Royce Silver Spur was also introduced with wheelbase extension by 25 cm in both front and rear doors and roof heightened by 10 cm.

In terms of armouring increasing and changing threats to safety required development of new lighter weight, more capable solutions to the evolving armor-piercing munitions and blast threats in the manufacture of exclusive commercial vehicles.

2000’s

This decade saw the development of the Mercedes-Benz new S-Class (W220), the Maybach’s 57 & 62, the Rolls-Royce Phantom and, of course, the Mercedes S Class W221, all extended and armored.

Since 2010

Carat Duchatelet’s range was once more again widened with the creation of limousines based on the Mercedes S Class W222, Toyota Land Cruiser and Range Rover Vogue that was also equipped with reversing coach doors.

And we musn’t forget the exceptional one-off Lexus LS600h Landaulet that was specially engineering and produced under supervision and approval of Lexus for the Royal Wedding of Prince of Monaco in 2011.

A tremendous list of accomplishments covered over 50 years!

With our true passion of the satisfaction, we are for the decades ahead with even more exciting developments and new outstanding vehicles.