The death of old man Castro has caused a certain queasiness in the already complicated relations between Cuba and the United States. But all of this nonsense could be solved in one stroke by the most unlikely of sources: the car industry. To prove this, and also to search for his roots, Infiniti designer Alfonso Albaisa took an Infiniti Q60 to the old country to become a quasi, unwitting ambassador of peace.
Albaisa’s Infiniti Q60, which he has designed apparently with unconscious influences from the mid-century modern architecture of Cuba, is the first U.S.-spec car registered in Cuba in 58 years. Granted, it’s a Japanese car, but it was built in America and penned by a Cuban guy who grew up in Miami. Now that’s multiculturalism at its best. This thing shows what can be achieved when you ignore the made up borders between countries, races, ethnicity, and political beliefs.
The way the Cubans look at that Infiniti Q60 tells you they are sick and tired of all those 50s and 60s American cars they are still keeping alive using anything they can get their hands on. Castro’s revolution may have given them some pride and bragging right about how they stood fast against Imperialism, but it also robbed from these people the chance of having a decent, comfortable life. Maybe it’s time they gave the other way a try, see how that goes, huh?
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