A manufacturing plant in Mexico usually near the US international border owned by outside interests that uses foreign parts for assembly, and then immediately ships the finished product back out of the country for sale elsewhere. Also, a brightly painted or extravagantly detailed vehicle usually owned by a person of Hispanic origin.
"Sir, I'm sure we can save you lots of manufacturing and labor costs by making this at our maquiladora south of the border."

"Why don't you pass that maquiladora van up ahead?"
by Leigh Crutchfield May 26, 2006

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