I’m used to seeing Mexican-market automobiles at house in Texas as a result of I stay proper on the U.S.-Mexico border, however once I visited Monterrey, Nuevo León some days in the past, I used to be floored by what I noticed.
Within the Rio Grande Valley, it’s common to run right into a Volkswagen Gol, Suzuki Jimny, Renault Duster or Peugeot 208. Mexican drivers usually journey north to the U.S. from the bordering states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo León for holidays or simply to do a little bit of purchasing. Malls and grocery retailer parking heaps within the RGV are stuffed with foreign-market automobiles that I geek out over every day.
However I used to be charmed by the automobiles I noticed in Monterrey, which is known for its Sierra Madre mountains and unimaginable grilled meats. I hadn’t been to the capital metropolis of the northern state in Mexico in years. I vaguely keep in mind visiting as a child and being scared of water slides on the now-defunct Sesame Avenue water park.
Overlook the water slides. I’ve by no means had as a lot enjoyable at any amusement park as I did in Monterrey, the place I rented a shitbox with a guide transmission and drove throughout the town. Carspotting beats all amusement parks, palms down.
I used to be solely on the town for a few days, however made the very best of it with my rental so I wouldn’t have to attend on Ubers. The rental needed to be one thing that would mix in, one thing to make me really feel like an area. So, in fact, I used to be given a white Nissan Versa. God bless the econobox with a stick shift. In it, I felt I’d gone native:
I spent the higher a part of the day in interviews with people at NASCAR Mexico, however I managed to get pictures of neat automobiles too. As quickly as I arrived on the bus station, a Nissan Tsuru greeted me:
Not lengthy afterwards I noticed a BMW 1-Sequence hatchback on the freeway. It wasn’t fairly the revived “ti” I’d hoped to see, however that’s OK:
There was this SEAT Altea Freetrack:
There was the SEAT León Cupra, which is now offered beneath its personal efficiency model:
I even noticed this Ford Anglia at a Harry Potter-themed restaurant. Don’t ask. Themes are apparently a factor down there:
However out of all the opposite automobiles I noticed whereas within the metropolis and plenty of others not pictured right here, my favourite needed to be this Dodge 1000 Van:
That is only a rebadged Mitsubishi Delica! The little cargo vans have been imported and offered in Mexico as Dodge fashions because the late aughts. Their design dates again to the Nineteen Eighties, nevertheless it seems pretty much as good as ever. Such a pleasant van.
Driving within the metropolis was a therapeutic expertise. And I badly wanted some drive remedy. I used to be afraid driving an outdated, foreign-market automotive could be terrifying on Monterrey’s highways, however the velocity limits are a lot decrease than the 80-mph I’m used to in Texas. I by no means felt like I used to be in lots of hazard, and I slotted into the pocket on busy roads, smiling as automobiles I’d by no means see within the U.S. circled round me like colleges of fish within the Gulf’s heat waters.