Mexican auto industry angry at ‘chocolate’ cars
Mexico passed a decree that now regularizes illegally imported cars that have never been marketed in the country for a one-time fee of 2,500 MXN (117 USD).
Although the new legislation – aimed at supporting low-income families in their need to acquire cars – has been approved by President Manuel Andrés Lópes Obrador and published in the official gazette of the federal government, it is not well received by all.
The licensing of the cars – which are commonly referred to as “chocolate” cars – ignores auto industry requirements, Bloomberg said in a report.
This not only violates the legal framework for the auto industry, “it opens the door to more contraband vehicles,” said Mexican Association of Automobile Distributors (AMDA) president Guillermo Rosales.
The auto industry argues that the procedure is also inappropriate because it does not check the amount of polluting emissions or the date of entry of cars into Mexico, among other things.
Due to oversupply, AMDA estimates this will reduce the value of used vehicles (same year and model) in Mexico by 20%.
Most “chocolate” cars are smuggled in from the United States, resulting in many unregistered vehicles in Mexico’s national park.
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