With regard to used vehicle imports, the decrease during the same period was 31.5% because 5,613 units were imported in February 2009 and there were 8,200 during the same period in 2008.
Nelson Escalante, a spokesman for the Used Vehicle Importers Union, told El Periódico of Guatemala, "The economic situation is tough and people are no longer saving to buy a car." He also indicated that if "the Congress of the Republic approves the establishment of the First Registration of Vehicles Tax (Iprima) to replace the current import tariff and surcharge with a rate of 26% on the estimated value of the vehicle, sales could drop between 50% and 60%, leaving about 150 thousand people out of business."
Automotive dealership Cofiño Stahl ventured into the motorcycle market after the collapse in car sales.
Car sales have decreased by more than 60% in the last year, forcing the sector to react and adapt. In the face of this situation, Cofiño Stahl, Chevrolet dealer, decided to enter the growing motorcycle market by importing and distributing the Chinese brand Genesis.