Category Archives: Regulations

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, […]

China’s Auto Fleet Expands to 137 Million

The Ministry of Public Security revealed earlier this month that by the end of 2013 the number of registered motor vehicles in China topped 250 million, gaining 10 million in the past year. The ownership of automobiles, which are four- or three-wheeled, rose from 121 million at the end of 2012 to 137 million. Just […]

BMW-Brilliance Denied Environmental Permit for Tiexi Plant Expansion Project

bird view of the planned tiexi factory

BMW-Brilliance hit roadblock as the Chinese government denied environmental clearance for its project to double production capacity at the Tiexi plant. In a public notice issued on July 26, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said the project lacked effective measures to deal with unwanted byproducts. BMW and its partner Brilliance Auto produce vehicles in […]

Are Car Registration Data a State Secret in China?

The Chinese government restricts the public’s access to information on a wide range of subjects that are considered non-sensitive in most other countries. There are no publicized official figures on, for instance, how big the country’s land mass is, how many are executed by law each year, how widespread or serious soil pollution is, and […]

More Chinese Cities Consider Limiting Car Consumption

In a recent poll of auto executives, the median estimate of peak annual sales of new vehicles in China was 35 million units. The forecast comes very close to the combined production capacity planned by 12 major automakers for 2015. Why 35 million? It is a good approximation because, we think, it is supported by […]

Only 269 Pure-electric Cars Were Sold in Shanghai despite Heavy Subsidies

saic pure electric car

Shanghai’s program to promote EVs, carried out with much fanfare in the past two years, has achieved little success. At a press conference held on June 7, the municipal government disclosed that private consumers had bought only 269 pure-electric cars, of which 121 went directly to individuals, 148 to vehicle-leasing companies. One of the pilot […]

BAIC E150 EV Will Soon Be Available to Beijing Residents for US$16,000

baic e150 ev

Following the examples of Shanghai and Guangzhou, the city of Beijing will soon begin providing subsidies and special car plates to private EV buyers. The pure-electric version of BAIC’s E150 subcompact is poised to become the first model to benefit. Having over 5 million cars and plagued by air pollution, the Chinese capital has strong […]

EV Promotion Missed Target: Ministry of Industry

"The country failed to achieve the green-car objective set for 2012," admitted Su Bo, Vice Minister of Industry and Information Technology, on Thursday. Unless stronger, more effective measures are taken, he said, it is impossible to reach 500,000 sales of alternative-fuel vehicles in the period between 2012 and 2015, a target set by the State […]

Government Mandates Compass (Beidou) Navigation Devices on Certain Commercial Vehicles

To break up GPS’s monopoly on China’s satellite navigation market, the Ministry of Transport has ordered buses and trucks in certain regions to get Chinese-developed Compass positioning devices. The government’s mandate covers two types of vehicles running for commercial purposes in nine provinces–Hebei, Tianjin, Shandong, Jiangsu, Shaanxi, Ningxia, Anhui, Hunan, and Guizhou: –All newly-registered heavy-duty […]