Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is known for wanting to achieve a green environment and everyone knows cars can cause damage to the environment, so how many cars does he have and were they environmentally friendly?
Justin Trudeau doesn’t have any cars. Once he was elected Prime Minister in 2015, he had to give up driving as part of security guidance that means Prime Ministers must instead be chauffeured for their own safety. In the past, Trudeau has owned five cars, including two electric hybrids.
Would you like to learn more about the cars that Justin Trudeau has rode around in? Keep reading because this article was written for you.
Cars of the Past
It is only fitting for Justin Trudeau to have owned cars and rode around in them before becoming Canada’s elected Prime Minister since he was in his 40s when this happened, and by the time you’re in your 40s, you normally have driven for a good few years and have gone through a number of cars.
Before becoming the Prime Minister, Justin was spotted riding around in two different models of Mercedes-Benz, a Lexus Hybrid, an Audi and a Ford. Let’s dive right in and take a look at his collection.
1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE
First up, we’ve got the 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE which Justin bought in gold for $5,000. The car was not new, nonetheless, it didn’t put him out of pocket and for a used car, that’s a pretty reasonable price.
Mercedes-Benz has sold a plethora of cars under the 280 model, they were produced across 35 years from 1959 to 1994. Justin’s 1972 saloon was released as part of the second generation of the 280 model and 11,000 of them were manufactured between 1971 and 1972.
The 6 cylinder, 2.8 liter engine is powered by a manual 4-speed gearbox with the top speed standing at 118mph.
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL
After his 2005 wedding to Sophie Grégoire, reports show that the couple were spotted riding off into the sunset in Justin’s father’s 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL which he had inherited. Reports from Automotor Sport show that the motor was voted sports car of the century in 1999.
The car itself is pretty rare to find nowadays as you’ll only find 241 of the 1960 models left on the roadside because this is how many were originally produced. SL is the abbreviated form of “super-light” in German.
Justin is known to have rode around in a car from the Lexus Hybrid range in the past. Prices for the Lexus Hybrid start at $34,500 for the UX Hybrid and reach all the way up to $97,510 for the LC Hybrid.
According to Lexus’ official site, the Hybrid combines an electric motor and a hybrid battery to provide “smooth, powerful performance and exhilarating acceleration, along with reduced fuel consumption and emissions.” They additionally describe themselves as being the “pioneer” in the development of self-charging electric cars.
Audi Allroad Quattro
Production commenced for the Audi Allroad Quattro, inspired by the Audi A6, in 2009.
The Allroad Quattro model has been manufactured since 1999, starting with the Audi A6 Allroad Quattro. One of the main differences between the A6 Allroad Quattro and the standard Allroad Quattro is the overall height of the car, the air suspension system and the track (the Allroad Quattro has wheel arch extensions).
Audi’s 2021 A4 Allroad Quattro comes with a price tag of $45k or more, so these cars don’t come cheap.
2008 Ford Escape Hybrid
Last on the list is Justin’s 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid. Can you tell he likes eco-friendly cars that produce low emissions? It was “the first hybrid SUV to enter the market” and allegedly it’s still the most fuel-efficient for 2008 according to Edmunds’ review of the car.
The vehicle is pretty affordable depending on its condition, it is worth between $1,504 and $3,900.