There are now tens of thousands of small private businesses in Cuba, and thousands of farm, construction, transportation and other types of cooperatives, all of which should benefit from the new regulations. Many Cubans who receive money from relatives living abroad should also be helped.
Before September 2011, only automobiles that were in Cuba before the 1959 revolution could be freely bought and sold, which is why there are so many 1950s or older cars, most of them American-made, rumbling through Cuban streets.
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There are also many Soviet-made cars, dating from the era when the Soviet Union was the island's biggest ally and benefactor.
Newer models are largely in state hands and sold used at a relatively low price to select individuals, for example, Cuban diplomats and doctors who serve abroad, then often resell them at four or five times the price.
Cubans and foreigners need government permission to import a new or used car, a regulation Granma said was not been lifted.
The new regulations will be published in the official Gazette in the coming days and become law 30 days later. They were expected to include stiff taxes, currently 100 percent for new cars, with the proceeds going to fund the country's decrepit public transportation system, Granma said.