China’s Auto Fleet Expands to 154 Million Vehicles

Civilian auto ownership reaches 154 million in China, revealed the Traffic Control Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security on November 27. Accounting for about 15% of the global auto fleet, the number trails only that in the US among all countries. At the same time, China has the world’s largest group of auto drivers, comprising 244 million people.

The fleet of registered motor vehicles, including not only automobiles but also two- or three-wheeled motorcycles and tractors, has grown to 264 million units, with over 300 million people licensed to drive them. The number of licensed drivers of motor vehicles passed 100 million in 2003, and 200 million in 2010.

Privately owned small passenger cars are numbered 104 million, as on average every 100 families have 25 cars. In Beijing, the second largest city in China, the car ownership per 100 households is 63.

Below are the auto ownership in China since 2000, in million.

2000: 16.09

2001: 18.02

2002: 20.49

2003: 24.21

2004: 27.42

2005: 43.29

2006: 49.85

2007: 56.97

2008: 64.67

2009: 76.19

2010: 90.86

2011: 105.78

2012: 120.89

2013: 137.41

2014 (as of November): 154