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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) announced Saturday, Oct. 16, that his government will begin legalizing undocumented vehicles (mostly, imported from the United States without appropriate permissions) in the country’s northern border states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Sonora, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and Baja California Sur.

Each car owner will be required to pay a “contribution” of 2,500 pesos for the legalization process, money that AMLO said will go toward repairing street potholes and other highway maintenance costs in the corresponding states.

Later, the president said, the legalization of the so-called “chocolate” cars, as they are commonly referred to in Mexico, will be extended to other states across the nation.

AMLO said that he expects to raise more than 1.3 billion pesos through the legalization process.

Many Mexican new car agencies and producers are up in arms over the decision since they fears that the legalization of chocolates will cut into their sales, which have already been diminished by the covid-19 pandemic and its economic repercussions.


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