Friday, March 04, 2016

the vehicles of choice of the people that run countries

the 195 world leaders get to pick what they drive, or are driven in, and in 2007 and 2008 Jim Yu (Tamerlane's Thoughts blogger and Hooniverse contributor) came up with this list.

Mercedes S-Class (61 countries),
Toyota Land Cruiser (23),
BMW 7-Series (16),
Audi A8 (11),
Cadillac (7),
Maybach (6),
GM Suburban/Yukon/Escalade (6),
Mitsubishi Montero/Pajero (4),
VW Phaeton (4),
Mercedes G-wagen (4),
Holden/Chevy/Opel (4),
Hummer H2 (3),
Toyota Crown (3),
Lincoln (3),
Jaguar (2),
ZIL (2),
Volvo (2),
VW Touareg (2),
Mercedes E-Class (2),
Lancia (2).

By nationality, there were 109 German vehicles, 38 Japanese, 27 “Other”, and 23 American.

1 comment:

  1. Ah, but in the old days a ZIL would have made the list too.

    In East Germany the leaders had wisened up a bit, and - seeing that bying West German Mercedes limos would be kind of embarrassing - got themselves a fleet of Volvos instead. In due course the town of Wandlitz, where the party leaders had their Little gated community, was referred to as 'Volvograd' by the proletariat.