Automotive Sector

The Russian Cars of Cuba

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One might think that classic 1950s American cars such as the Ford and the Chevy are the only vehicles on the roads of Cuba.  True, these cars have become a symbol of the Island today.  But if one takes a closer look, there are other cars and trucks sharing the road.  That small, boxy, little yellow taxi that just passed you was a Lada, one of the most popular brands of Russian cars in Cuba. The history of the Russian automobile industry in Cuba stretches back to the ’50s.  Foreign car imports from the United States dried up after 1961 with the imposition of the American embargo.  However, the Soviets never stopped exporting cars to the Island.  Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, sealed the deal when…

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