Only 50 cars sold in six months under new Cuban law

Havana, Cuba. (File) (Joe Raedle, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/30 3:38 pm

HAVANA (AP) — 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.

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