Still the most popular vehicle in Cuba today, owning a Lada car during the time of the Soviet Union was a symbol of power. During the Cold War, Cuba received these cars at discounted prices. Their low cost, low maintenance, simple design and ease of customization made them a favorite in a country where vehicle parts were soon hard to come by. They were often given to loyal and hard working government employees as a reward for their efforts. To this day they are often used as taxis and police cars and are the most commonly visible reminder of the past link between Cuba and the former U.S.S.R.
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