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Boris Johnson’s car history from ‘garbage dump’ Toyota to Tesla Roadster

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a car fanatic – he’s been an automotive journalist and he’s appeared on Top Gear twice. 

But you wouldn’t know that from the vehicles he’s been identified to drive and personal. 

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Boris Johnson’s AX has appeared within the background of his media appearancesCredit: PA:Press Association

While he’s loved entry to all types of high-priced autos, his personal fleet has usually been much more modest. 

The Prime Minister’s official car – or the Prime Ministerial Car – is definitely a fleet of armour-plated Jaguar XJ ‘Sentinel’ saloons.

They’re designed to face up to explosives and gunfire, as are the Range Rover ‘Sentinel’ fashions that the Prime Minister additionally has entry to. 

“Boris prefers the much roomier Range Rover Sentinel, and they had a load of new ones delivered last year so that’s what he swooshes around in nowadays,” mentioned a Westminster supply.

“XJ Sentinels and a couple of BMW 7 Series are still used for other protected persons and agency heads.”

“Government fleet cars now tend to be Jaguar I-Paces, standard (non-armoured) Jaguar XJs, some newer Jaguar XFs, Ford Mondeo Hybrids and a couple of hybrid Range Rovers.”

“And some Honda CRVs that still kick about.”

Boris Johnson won’t ever have to drive his personal car once more, as he’ll obtain safety for all times as a part of the prime minister’s package deal. 

But the vehicles that Boris Johnson has chosen to drive in his personal time are rather a lot much less spectacular than what he’s grow to be used to as PM.

Toyota Previa

One of Boris Johnson’s most well-known vehicles is his Toyota Previa – which The Sun revealed he stored in a messy state. 

His 1995 Previa can be price lower than £1,000, even when it was in good situation with low mileage. 

The Prime Previa was one of the stranger cars owned by a PM

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The Prime Previa was one of many stranger vehicles owned by a PMCredit: Ian Whittaker – The Sun

And with a 2.4-litre petrol engine, the Previa isn’t probably the most environment friendly or environmentally-friendly car.

It would incur steep expenses if it was used inside London’s ULEZ. 

This Toyota was thought-about fairly sluggish, even on the time – that massive engine produces simply 135 horsepower, which isn’t a lot for a fully-laden minivan. 

Citroen AX

The Citroen AX is a pointy little French supermini that was produced between 1986 and 1998. 

Its distinctive, angular design, nippy dealing with and environment friendly engines made it a preferred alternative and over two million had been bought. 

The AX was slightly out of place on Carlton House Terrace

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The AX was barely misplaced on Carlton House TerraceCredit: PA

It was a peculiar car for a minister to personal, although, and it stood out when parked exterior the Foreign Secretary’s official residence. 

If it was nonetheless working, the Prime Minister’s outdated Citroen can be price only a few hundred quid.

Nissan Leaf

Back when he was Mayor of London, Boris Johnson was lent a Nissan Leaf for a month as a part of the town’s electrical car scheme.

The Nissan Leaf was arguably the primary mainstream electrical car, and with a variety of over 100 miles – which was spectacular on the time – was usable for a lot of London households.

The Nissan Leaf was once the only mainstream electric car

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The Nissan Leaf was as soon as the one mainstream electrical carCredit: Rex

Speaking on the time, Boris Johnson mentioned: “Zero-emission electrical vehicles are excellent for metropolis driving, not solely delivering cheaper day-to-day working prices for his or her house owners, but additionally serving to to bear down on air pollution ranges.”

Tesla Roadster 

Built on the Lotus manufacturing facility in Norfolk, Tesla’s roadster was one of many earliest fascinating electrical vehicles. 

And Boris Johnson – who has labored as a car journalist – was among the many first to drive the car when it was new, at a local weather change occasion in 2009.

Boris Johnson with the then-new Tesla Roadster

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Boris Johnson with the then-new Tesla Roadster

While his high-profile endorsement was clearly valued by the then-fledgling model, it’s not what the Tesla Roadster is most well-known for. 

In 2018 Elon Musk’s personal Roadster was blasted into area as a dummy payload for the Falcon Heavy rocket project. 

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