Infiniti Q60 Becomes First US-Spec Car Registered In Cuba After 58 Years [w/Video]

Infiniti became the first car maker to register a US-spec vehicle in Cuba, after nearly six decades.

The company’s executive design director Alfonso Albaisa took a Q60 coupe in Cuba to trace his roots back to his parents’ birthplace.

Albaisa , who oversees all four Infiniti design studios across the world from his base in Japan, grew up in Miami without having an opportunity to visit Cuba – until now. This was his first chance to come to Havana and witness the style of the mid-century modern architecture of his great uncle Max Borges-Recio, including the Tropicana, Club Nautico and his own home.

The curvy bodywork of the Infiniti Q60 certainly attracted a lot of attention on the Cuban roads which are normally occupied by 1950s American cars and various others from the Soviet era.

Infiniti’s two-door coupe is offered with either a 208hp 2.0-litre turbo or a 3.0-litre V6 twin turbo, available in 300hp and 400hp versions.



  • Service Department?

    Okay, where the hell is Jon Snow?1 Off fighting White Walkers?

    This automobile looks entirely out of place in Cuba. I would have taken a QX60 AWD to navigate the streets there.

    • T_Cake

      Jon Snow isn’t allowed in Cuba. He took out a bunch of their shape-shifters back in the late 90’s. Bad deal.

  • Bo Hanan

    Bravo to Infiniti for being the first. And the video is bout 3.56 mins. to long. Thanks.

    • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

      but what a stupid car to take to a beautiful country like cuba , if it was me i would take a drop top corvertte stingray or a mazda mx6 — anything that goes without a roof

  • Fling3t

    Wonder how much it would cost to buy since it was like 1 bazillion to buy a Peugeot 206…

  • Zed68

    Is it just me or I see lots of modern cars in the traffic… what is this video supposed to show ?

    • Andrew Ngo

      You are right! Infiniti definitely is not the first.

    • pureworx

      i think the key words are… us-spec

      • Sébastien

        True, but why does it matter?
        Next will be “first car ever with R20 tires” ?

        • pureworx

          it matters to the americans since they imposed sanctions on cuba, when cuba decided they wanted to do things the non capitalist way.

          so for the americans its like a mini victory, the return of capitalism to cuba.

          • Sébastien

            You meant the return of US products, capitalism was already back before that.

  • U8INIT

    Amazing plug for Infiniti….

  • BGM

    Kind of like opening the first Smith and Wallensky in famine ravaged Ethiopia: tasteless and pointless.

  • FlameWater

    The people in the photos look like they just seen a time machine

  • An Existing Person

    The car looks pretty cool in the Cuban setting, but the reactions of the people say it all. It’s as if they’ve just seen a UFO.

  • U8INIT

    First off thou this is not a US spec…Where’s the S to go with the red brakes? Why does it have 20’s? oh and i love the placement of that license plate…gorg

  • smartacus

    when did i read that story of Cubans unable to afford rice cookers
    and having difficulty affording the ” improvised” rice cookers?

    Now they can afford a Q60?

  • Silimarina

    Damn this car looks good, to bad that the interior is not on the same level

  • George T

    Michael you are a shill for Infiniti and should stick to cars and forget anything you think you know about cars in Cuba. There are fleets of US made Ford F-150’s, from Dearborn Michigan, that Sherrit International has been driving around Santa Cruz del Norte for years, eh?!

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