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Anger as new and used cars go on sale in Cuba

Published on Jan 4, 2014 4:41 AM

HAVANA (AFP) - Cubans hoping to snap up imported cars Friday after the relaxation of restrictions dating back half a century had a shock with prices way out the reach of anyone but the elite.

The communist regime said last month that it would ease its ban on car imports, marking the end of an era that made icons of Cuba's vintage automobiles.

Opening Cuba's domestic car market to imports was expected to have fateful consequences for the lovingly maintained 1950s Chevys, Fords and Pontiacs that have survived a 50-year-old US embargo.

But there was anger and disappointment Friday when prospective buyers in Havana laid eyes on the prices of new and used vehicles, AFP reporters said.

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