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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Fails To Start Lada: Video

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Vladimir Putin trying to start a Lada Granta

Vladimir Putin trying to start a Lada Granta



Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin must have been slightly embarrassed this week when at a press event for the new Lada Granta, a car built by the much-maligned vehicle brand and one soon-to-be marketed as the cheapest car in Europe, failed to start when the former President hopped behind the wheel.

We managed to get our hands on a video of the incident, which shows a plain-clothed Putin in the driver’s seat of the Granta at its launch on Wednesday in the Russian town of Togliatti.

Putin allegedly attempted several times to start the car and was fortunate on his fifth attempt. Surprisingly, at the end of his short drive, he was quite happy with the car, even going so far as to describe it as "good".

Note, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Putin drive an obscure Russian car. Here’s a story about Putin driving Russia’s odd-looking Prokhorov hybrid hatchback.

[Euronews via YouTube]

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  1. Even the video doesn't clear this up: "Start the car" could mean 'get the engine running' or 'get the vehicle underway'.
    Remember the 1970s when carbs and chokes made engines difficult to get going smoothly? Do Russians still use that technology?
     
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  2. Lada switched to fuel injection a while ago in order to comply with European pollution limits.
    Granta is basically an facelifted Lada Kalina, which was launched in 2004
     
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