If you're worried that the Nissan Leaf is a bit pricey (even with incentives), keep in mind that it all depends on your lifestyle. For example, if you're the president of Georgia and you're used to being whisked around in an armored limousine, driving your Leaf to the airport might make you look like an average Joe.

That's what Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has hoped for, and why he had a production crew videotape him driving to the Tbilisi airport with his wife as his bodyguard. He drove his Leaf to downplay criticism over his opulent lifestyle. The resulting video is available below.

Saakashvili was on his way to board a flight to neighboring Azerbaijan. The press team filmed the president and his wife wending their way through traffic and waiting patiently at a red light. His usual ride to the airport is in an armored Mercedes limousine accompanied by Jeeps filled with armed guards.

Saakashvili's United National Movement party lost parliamentary elections last fall and the nation has been in political limbo since then. Saakashvili remains president until October, and the opposition parties have called on him to step down. He was stopped from giving an address to parliament, and violence erupted outside the National Library as he tried to give his speech again. He'd been criticized heavily for his extravagant lifestyle by his political opponents, including having two jets for official use, one of which has been taken away from him.

Saakashvili claims that he now travels completely without security. He said that if anything happened, his Dutch-born wife, Sandra Roelofs "is there to protect him."



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      Anderlan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am Regular Joe, or eielse I vould have Tesla.
      Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Having a little difficulty keeping his lane. Road head?
      imoore
      • 2 Years Ago
      Publicity stunt.
      aatheus
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice publicity stunt. I wish they would have put a wind filter on the mike. I was going deaf after a while!
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      The leaf is not pricey. I am leasing an SV for $273 a month, so with electricity it will cost around $300 a month which is pretty darn reasonable for a new vehicle. Electricity prices are very stable and I can switch to cheaper nighttime electric rates if I want to charge at night. No oil changes and regen braking also cut maintenance costs.
      Grendal
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Georgian president drives Nissan Leaf to prove he's not extravagant" ...And filmed using a military HumVee that gets 4 MPG filled with a video crew and 4 heavily armed bodyguards. :-)
      Koenigsegg
      • 2 Years Ago
      leaf is pollution to the road, all ugly cars should be destroyed
      Anderlan
      • 2 Years Ago
      All depends on the size of the local gas tax, I guess.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know him . . . he's the Joint Chiefs of Staff at CarTalk.
      Vlad
      • 2 Years Ago
      Opposition led by a billionaire, by the way. Billionaire that already started undoing what Saakashvili has done to defeat corruption in Georgia.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would have been more impressed if he opened the door for his wife. Yes, I still do. I guess in this day an age that makes me some sort of male chauvinist, but my wife appreciates it.
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      It must be nice... you know, not having racists disguised as a polarizing political party gunning for you and anything you do.
        Ernie Dunbar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bluepongo1
        Nice political commentary. Too bad you know nothing about how Georgian politics operate - for all you know, their politics could be astoundingly racist, sexist, fascist, and/or communist. Probably all four, with added doses of hyper-nationalist, nepotist, cronyist, and funded by criminal gangs. But hey, what do I know? :)
          bluepongo1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ernie Dunbar
          Wikipedia/ Georgia.... I do know it's pointless to tell people they don't know that they are ignorant on the internet, but feel free to show us more of that extra chromosome with your pointless replys.
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