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Watch Infiniti bring the first new US-market car to Cuba in 58 years

The automaker's design director made the trip to visit his parents' birthplace.


Cuba's roads are thick with old, pre-embargo American metal. But for the first time in 58 years, there's a new US vehicle roaming Cuban roads, and it's all thanks to Infiniti.

Infiniti's all-new Q60 coupe reportedly became the first new US-market car to be registered in Cuba in nearly six decades. At the helm was Alfonso Albaisa, the automaker's executive design director, who used the opportunity to trace his family's heritage back to his parents' birthplace.

The video below gives a first look at this historic automotive addition to Cuba, and it shines a bit more light on Albaisa's personal pilgrimage, as well. If the Q60 comes back stateside, let's hope Infiniti brought enough rum and cigars for the whole class.

In 2009, the Obama Administration started easing the long-standing Cuban embargo, allowing Cuban-Americans to travel freely to and from the island state. Restrictions for regular ol' US citizens have softened since 2015, although pure tourism remains verboten.