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      10-16-2008, 04:12 PM   #28
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I think nobody here is saying that there are no BMWs at all in Latin American countries - but in terms of cars per capita:

US - has 1.5 people per vehicle in average (300 million people, 200 million vehicles)
Guatemala - has 4 people per vehicle in average (13 million people, 3 million vehicles)

If you add to that that most US vehicles are passenger cars, while in Guatemala a huge proportion are heavy duty transportation vehicles, the ratios are more 1.8 for the US and 8 for Guatemala.

If you consider the per capita GDP (US is $44,000 and Guatemala $5,000), the road conditions that make people in countries like Guatemala prefer pickup trucks and SUVs than sports cars, then you don't need a rocket scientist, without even set foot in Guatemala, to correctly guess that you will see far fewer BMWs and other sports luxury brands than in the US.

I have been like 15 times to Guatemala City and I have confirmed this - there are more people per BMW than in the US.

End of story.

Last edited by lecatrache; 10-24-2008 at 04:03 PM.