The Cubans are in India on a shopping spree. That means that they’re there to steal since the regime never pays its dents. They default, restructure, re-restructure-finance but never pay.
One of the items that the “shoppers” are looking to buy is Indian manufactured cars.
The Tata Nano. The world’s cheapest car. A glorified two cylinder riding lawnmower with an aluminum shell that can go in reverse.
Of course, it will cost more to ship the Nano to Cuba than the $2,500 that the car is expected to retail for.
But it will look great next to the plastic petro garden sheds that the regime is starting to build. Hell, one of these Nano babies fits inside of of Sam's Club Garden Sheds. I mean, that's what most people but inside their garden sheds-their lawn mower. Maybe thay can sell the Nano-Garage included for $3,500.
As Raúl starts to loose his grip on his precarious power, Cuba will probably start to partner with companies like Tata to manufacture products like the Nano for its population and for Latin America and the Caribbean. Raúl has already started down the road of making small concessions to the Castro dogma in order keep the population from revolting. This of course, raises expectations, which leads to more concessions, etc.
I look forward to the Nanos to be everywhere on the island just to see the interesting names that Cubans will come up with for them. The tourists from Canada and Europe however, may be disappointed because even a small improvement to the island’s dismal transportation problems will interfere with the quaint Soviet style nostalgic ambiance that attracts so many of them to the island.