99,000 vehicles came into the country in 2014, of which 30% were new cars and 70% used ones.
Compared to the figures reported in 2013, imports of new cars grew by 11% and used cars by 17%.In 2014, the month registering the highest number of new imported vehicles was November, with 3,264, while for used vehicles it was December, with 2846. Car sales rose by 8.2% compared to 2013.
Between January and October this year more than 1,300 high-end vehicles were sold, equivalent to 5% of new car sales in the same period.
According to the Association of Importers and Distributors of Motor Vehicles, the bestselling luxurycar brands up until October of this year were: Audi, with 382 units, BMW, with 340 units sold, Land Rover with 127 units and finally Porsche with 104 cars.
With the opposition from the private sector, the government insists on delaying for five years the fulfillment of the agreement which establishes a reduction in the level of sulfur contained in diesel.
April 15, 2015 is the deadline given by the Council of Ministers of Economy and Foreign Trade of Central America (Comieco) to reduce the concentration of sulfur in diesel. However, the government argues that it does not yet have the necessary equipment "... to control product quality and reassure consumers that they are purchasing low sulfur diesel."
Between January and July 2012, car dealerships in Guatemala sold 15.410 units, up 12% compared to sales in the same period in 2011.
According to the Association of Importers and Distributors of Motor Vehicles (AIDVA), in 2010 19.426 units were sold, whereas in 2011 the figure went up to 23.524.
"Among the positive factors in the automotive industry what stands out is sufficient liquidity in the financial system and the low interest rates offered by banks, ranking below 10 percent. In addition, it is also believed that the business has been favored by the country's higher economic growth ", added revistaindustria.com.
In February 2009, 1,156 new cars were imported, a drop of 61.5% when compared to the 2,927 new cars imported in February 2008.
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."
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