HAVANA – Cuban authorities say auto dealerships have sold just 50 automobiles and four motorcycles across the country in the nearly six months since a new law took effect letting islanders buy vehicles without a special permit for the first time in decades.
Government-run news website Cubadebate reported Monday that sales totaled about $1.3 million. It works out to an average of about $23,800 per vehicle.
Many Cubans were delighted when the new rules were announced in December — and then left aghast by the sticker prices once they took effect.
For example a Peugeot family car that listed for $262,000 in Havana costs $53,000 in the United Kingdom.
The licensed dealerships also sell lower-priced used vehicles, including former rental cars with high odometer readings.
Most Cubans earn about $20 a month.