Motorcycle Sales: Optimism in Guatemala

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%.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Data from the Association of Motorcycle Importers (Asim) indicate that on average 16,500 motorcycles are sold in the Guatemalan market per month, but only in February 2020 sales exceeded 19,000 units.

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Gerson Rosales, sales manager at Motoshop VRC, explained to Prensalibre.com that "... last year was positive for the industry and that the same projection is expected for this year. The youth segment is the one that is increasing the most in the acquisition of motorcycles, because it is a fast, agile and safe means of transportation."

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César Amézquita, general manager of Asim said that "... the three causes that are driving the marketing volumes are safety, speed to reach the destinations because of the traffic and fuel savings. There is a migration of people who stopped using public transport and another who replaced the daily use of their car with a motorcycle."

According to the interactive report "Vehicles in Central America", from the Trade Intelligence Unit of CentralAmericaData, more than half of the motorcycles circulating on the streets of Guatemala are of the Suzuki, Honda, Bajaj, Yamaha and Italika brands.

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