Autos chocolate… A blow to Mexico’s national economy

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CDMX (Times Media Mexico) – During his visit to the border city of Tijuana, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador made a statement about the issue of cars illegaly imported into the country, popularly known as “chocolate cars”.

Chocolate car is a term Mexicans use when they want to refer to illegal foreign cars, this term originates from children in Mexico, that when playing any sort of game, often designate  players as “de chocolate” (chocolate) or “de chicle” (bubble gum) meaning that they don’t count as real players but still play the game.

These are cars with license plates from American States, in Baja, are mainly from California and Arizona, but there are several cars from other USA States on Mexicali, Tijuana and the other Baja Californian cities.

The importation of these cars from the United States and Canada into Mexico, in the past have exceeded the number of new cars sold in the country. Now Morena’s parliamentary group achieved what for decades was impossible: They presented a proposal to include the legalization of 18 million “chocolate cars”. The addition was approved by the majority, including the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who had opposed for years.

This measure according to the “Asociación Mexicana de la Industria Automotriz” (Mexican Association of Automotive Industry) will cause a loss of millions of pesos in the purchase of new and used cars, taking the industry into almost recesion numbers.

 

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