At The Very Least We Have Destroyed Russia's Car Market

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place every weekday morning. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 3/11/15 10:22am 3/11/15 10:22am

Porsche Might Be Developing A Turbo V12 For Vladimir Putin

A few months back we heard that Porsche was somehow involved with developing the next generation of super-limo for Russian President Vladimir Putin. It was a little unclear initially as to what exactly Porsche would be doing, in concordance with a bunch of Russian companies, but now it looks like they'll be developing… » 10/25/14 11:26am 10/25/14 11:26am

Bernie Ecclestone Thinks Putin Could Rule Europe or America

In an interview with Russian news outlet Vedomosti, Bernie Ecclestone claims, "I have never encountered corruption in Russia." Why, Bernie is so impressed with Putin's leadership abilities that he thinks Putin could lead a few other places, too. » 10/11/14 12:05pm 10/11/14 12:05pm

"Globalization Is Not A Monster" But It Is A Hassle Sometimes

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place every weekday morning. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 9/29/14 9:20am 9/29/14 9:20am

Marchionne To Ferrari CEO After F1 Failures: 'Nobody Is Indispensable'

This is The Morning Shift, our one-stop daily roundup of all the auto news that's actually important — all in one place every weekday morning. Or, you could spend all day waiting for other sites to parse it out to you one story at a time. Isn't your time more important? » 9/08/14 9:05am 9/08/14 9:05am

NSA surveillance scandal: Major legal site shuts down over spying

A legal website used by attorneys to privately discuss case law is shutting down after 10 years because the owner no longer feels the site's users are protected from government spying. After federal threats led to the closure of several secure email providers, the publisher of Groklaw closed her own operation last… » 8/20/13 1:31pm 8/20/13 1:31pm

Here's Chechnya's Leader With Gerard Depardieu And A Monster Truck

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has a pretty active Instagram account. Here he is with Gerard Depardieu and a monster truck on the set of a movie called Turquoise. » 5/22/13 2:00pm 5/22/13 2:00pm

Animal Lover Vladimir Putin Teaches Flock Of Cranes How To Fly South…

Most larger-than-life leaders need to invent stories about their larger-than-life accomplishments. Not Vladimir Putin: When he says he taught birds how to fly south for the winter, believe it. » 9/06/12 10:59am 9/06/12 10:59am

The President of Russia Likes the NSX Too

Russian dict-, excuse me, President-elect Vladimir Putin is well-known for striking an incredible array of James Bond poses for the camera, including but not limited to driving a Formula One car and riding a trike with a gang of bikers. » 3/13/12 10:00am 3/13/12 10:00am

Russia's New Presidential Limo Is A Retro-Futuristic Despot's Dream

When Boris Yeltsin became president of Russia he mothballed the stale Russian-built ZIL limousines and upgraded to an armored Mercedes S-Class and the country's leaders have never looked back. Until now. A Russian-designer's been tapped to design a new version of the ZIL limo and it looks like it's from an alternative… » 1/04/12 3:00pm 1/04/12 3:00pm

Vladimir Putin car marketing stunt fail

The team at Lada were pleased to have Russian Prime Minister and judo master Vladimir Putin on hand to test out their new budget model Granta sedan. Think of all the cameras! Unfortunately, the car wouldn't start. » 5/12/11 11:00am 5/12/11 11:00am

Studly Vladimir Putin Not Afraid to Drive Girly Car

Russia's manliest man, prime minister Vladimir Putin today test drove New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's ugly new hybrid car, the Yo-mobile. Unsure about the car, he drove it to the president's house for a Security Council meeting and to get a second opinion, according to Russia's RIA Nostovi: » 4/01/11 8:06am 4/01/11 8:06am

Vladimir Putin Drives F1 Car: Insert "In Soviet Russia" Joke Here

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin drove an F1 car earlier to today up to an estimated speed of 150MPH. It's a publicity stunt intended to help bolster his public perception of being a man of... adventure? More pictures below. » 11/07/10 2:15pm 11/07/10 2:15pm

Vladimir Putin's Lada Niva Is Totally Bad-Ass

The Lada Niva is the coolest Soviet-era vehicle still in production. Given that, it makes sense Russia's alpha-male "not-president" Vladimir Putin has purchased a totally awesome camouflaged and off-road-ready version. » 5/19/09 12:00pm 5/19/09 12:00pm

At Least The Volga Will Be Remembered Fondly

Another photo from the happy past shows former Presidents Bush And Putin driving the Russian leader's awesome 1956 Volga around Moscow. Four years later and Russian-American relations have never been stronger! » 2/23/09 6:00pm 2/23/09 6:00pm

We Will Bury You! The ZIL-111

While Ladas and Zastavas were all fine and good for the workers, the big shots rolled in a ZIL. The company was born as ZIS at the hands of the Fathers of the USSR - including but not limited to Stalin himself. The Post-Stalinist ZIL brought American styling cues into the mix with the likes of Yuri Gagarin and Nikita… » 5/01/07 9:00pm 5/01/07 9:00pm

The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Com... Oh Crap, They're Here

Westlake, California, February 3, 2007. Apparently the Russian uber-multinational is going to save us American consumers money by not wasting it on a team of graphic designers obsessed with the finer points of signage. And if rumors hold, Gasprom Chairman Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev is going to swap jobs with Putin… » 2/04/07 3:01am 2/04/07 3:01am