Photos released by South Korea's Yonhap news agency showed Kim arriving at Korean People's Army Unit 1,524 in Sindo County in North P'yongan province, northwest North Korea in a Lada Priora, a sedan which sells brand new in Russia starting at about $6,750 US (used, the cars go for as little as $800 on online auction sites).
Ким Чен Ын на Lada Priora приехал на проверку одной из военных баз. (Фото Yonhap News) pic.twitter.com/91yWsEf2oI— Юрий Тюмин (@tyumin_com) 1 июля 2018 г.
"Kim Jong-un came to check a military base in a Lada Priora (photo by Yonhap news)."
Ким Чен Ын протестировал "побитую жизнью" российскую LADA Priora https://t.co/r6zFMbs1s0— MiGnews (@mignewscomua) 1 июля 2018 г.
"Kim Jong-un has tested a Russian Lada Priora battered by life."
Kim visited the military unit, which doubles as a soybean farm, for a field inspection Saturday.
Russian social media users were surprised to see Kim in the Priora, asking why the leader, who has an armored Mercedes, would feel a need to ride in this "jalopy," with others suggesting it would be even better if he took to the driver's seat himself. Others asked whether Kim's Priora, known in Russia as a favorite among the lowrider community, had also been lowered. Finally, others voiced their "respect" for Kim, calling him a "cool leader."