RIGA, Latvia — The Latvian car market is always good for a surprise. There is no import duty and no official sanctioning for new cars. The number of new registered cars per capita is still much lower than in many of the former communist countries of Central Europe, but the position of some brands is, compared to other European markets, quite unusual. Last year 7,622 new passenger cars were registered in Latvia, 50% more than in 1997. Most car manufacturers presented their cars here at ...

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