Motorbike Boom Continues in Guatemala

There are now 730,000 bikes in Guatemala, where sales of powered two-wheelers have increased 20% compared to last year.

Monday, October 29, 2012 reports that "According to statistics from the Superintendency of Tax Administration (SAT), dealers imported 59,449 motorcycles during the first half of this year. According to the dealer’s projections, imports could double by year-end, and thereby supercede the record number of 107,307 units imported achieved last year. "

"Cesar Amezquita, manager of the Association of Motorcycle Importers (Asim), noted that up to Sept. 30 around 65,000 motorcycles had been sold, some 20,000 more than in the same period in 2011, a growth of approximately 18 percent . "

The increase in fuel prices and violence and insecurity on the public transport system were cited as the main reasons for the rise in motorcycles in Guatemala.

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After 198,000 motorcycles were sold in the country in 2019, local businessmen forecast that during 2020 the number of units sold could increase between 12% and 17%.

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February 2017

The union of importers of motorcycles has reported that in 2016 sales grew by 19%, lower than the 23% increase achieved in the previous year.

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August 2016

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