Now THIS Is How You Save an Ailing Auto Industry

Just more evidence that Vladimir Putin is way cooler than any President we’ve had in decades:

Vladimir Putin drives a Lada Niva to support Russia’s domestic car industry. Never mind that it has a German engine.


[Lada] has been the butt of jokes since Soviet times, and sales in recent years have dropped as Russian consumers opt for European and Japanese car models. Indeed, Putin’s remark wasn’t too far off from the old Russian joke “What do you call a Lada with brakes?”

The answer: Customised.

But Putin has said the Niva could help buck [the] trend [of Lada’s decreasing sales], and insisted the car is worth buying. “They are relatively cheap cars by European standards, and the quality’s not bad,” he said.

Maybe I’ll think about buying GM when I see Barack Obama cruising around in a camouflaged Chevy Aveo.


I just noticed this very story was also covered over at The Truth About Cars, who add: “In other car-salesman-in-chief developments today, Barack Obama revealed that he believes GM is a world-class automaker because his Cadillac is so badass.”



1 Response to “Now THIS Is How You Save an Ailing Auto Industry”

  1. 1 CJ Ciaramella
    January 26, 2010 at 7:11 am

    I was thinking more like a 1982 Subaru Brat, but the Aveo will do just fine.

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