Through the streets and highways of the Dominican Republic luxury vehicles or also known as “high-end” travel. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Land Rover, Bentley, BMW and Audi, among others, are part of the cars and SUVs that can be seen on the country’s roads.
Mercedes Benz, Rolls Royce, Volvo, Aston Martin and other luxury brands are part of the 202 units of the year that entered the vehicle fleet Dominican between 2020 and the first week of last year, according to the statistical bulletin vehicle fleet 2021, prepared by the General Directorate of Internal Taxes (DGII).
However, the figure represented a drop of 45.2% in relation to the 369 new luxury units that were imported into the country in 2019, the year before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the DGII.
Imports of “zero kilometer” vehicles from the main luxury firms have been declining since 2015, although they are approximate figures, because the Internal Revenue document groups under the concept “other” models of European and American brands of high and low spectrum.
From around 724 units of luxury brands that were imported into the country in 2015, whose manufacture dates back to that same year, it fell to 595 the following year to 202 that entered in 2020.
It should be noted that the pandemic has resulted in delays in cargo transportation.
In 2020, BMW models dominated luxury vehicle imports of the year with 49 units, down slightly from 55 a year earlier.
Mercedes Benz units were listed as the most imported new luxury vehicles in 2020, with 38, a net reduction of 85 vehicles compared to the 123 that entered the year before, according to the bulletin.
Porsche “of the year” models were the third most imported in 2020, with 21 units. That same year, three Audi vehicles also entered the country.
In “others”, which includes brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Rolls Royce, Volvo, Aston Martin, Bentley and other European manufacturers, 91 units were imported.
In a country with an average salary in 2020, in the formal sector, of RD$26,350.7 per month, according to data from the Social Security Treasury (TSS), the year’s luxury units imported during that period represented at least 11% of the total.