Cubans win permission to buy and sell modern vehicles

October 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The communist regime in Cuba has just legalised the sale and purchase of automobiles for all of its citizens. The new law was given the green light by leader Raul Castro and took effect on October 1st. It allows Cubans to buy and sell cars made after 1959 but buyers and sellers must each pay a 4 percent tax and make a declaration that the money used for the purchase was obtained legally.

Previously, only cars that predated the island’s communist revolution could be commercially traded by anyone not specifically given permission by the government. Which is the reason Cuba is the only place on earth where you could routinely see hundreds of finned American classics from the 1950s cruising the streets in various states of disrepair.

The new law gives the 11-million-strong Cuban population access to other makes like Nissan, Isuzu and Mercedes-Benz that the well-connected have been able to drive in the past 52 years. There are also many Soviet-era vehicles floating around that can now be bought and sold more freely. Continue reading “Cubans win permission to buy and sell modern vehicles” »

Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 – five cars heading to NZ

April 20th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is the latest and most modern Mopar offering of this well known nameplate and a few of these brand new vehicles are now on their way to NZ.

To kick off 2011 model-year production, Dodge has built 1,100 Inaugural Edition models of the Challenger SRT8 392, all with exclusive content. Only 5 of these will make their way to New Zealand’s shores this month, 4 of which already have homes.

With only one out of the five Challengers left for sale, prior to arrival, Todd Groves Divisional Manager of the Chrysler portfolio in New Zealand, is confident the SRT brand can become a vehicle kiwis will aspire to own. “It’s an honor to facilitate the entry of these specialised vehicles into the New Zealand market and to be able to provide our discerning customers with their very own slice of muscle car heaven. Being such a small market on the international scale, NZ is often overlooked for allocation of exclusive vehicles like these, but this time we managed to make it happen for our SRT fans and I’m really proud to be a part of that.”

On the outside, Dodge is offering unique customisation for those first 1,100 owners. Two colors and fullbody stripe combinations include Deep Water Blue with standard Stone White stripes or Bright White Clear Coat with standard Viper Blue stripes. All Inaugural Edition models will ride on standard 20-inch SRT-exclusive wheels that feature a polished face and satin black painted pockets. Continue reading “Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 – five cars heading to NZ” »