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Beijing to tighten vehicle emission standards

March 14, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing will apply a stricter emission standard for the city’s five million motor vehicles next year to reduce automobile exhaust, the biggest source of air pollution in the Chinese capital, an environmental official said Saturday.

“Beijing will impose the national standard V for vehicle emission in 2012 ahead of schedule, which will be around the same time a similar standard is imposed in developed countries,” said Zhang Lijun, vice-minister of environmental protection.

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Beijing car Licence plate applications hit 215,425 in January

January 9, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

The city of Beijing will only issue 240.000 licence plates for new vehicles this year. The first 8 days of the year however saw 215.425 applications. Only 20.000 plates will be issued this month, a lottery decided who gets one. Somehow I got the feeling this new licence-plate-rule won’t last very long… More from ChinaDaily:

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Cars Non-local cars banned during Beijing’s rush hour

January 5, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

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Vehicles without local license plates will not be allowed to enter Beijing’s urban area within the Fifth Ring Road starting from today – the first day back at work following the New Year holiday.

Under a new policy from the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau aimed at easing the city’s traffic gridlock, vehicles with non-Beijing plates will need a special passport-type document to enter the urban area during the busy periods of 7 am to 9 am and 5 pm to 8 pm on working days.

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Cars Car dealers say Beijing auto rules hurt

January 5, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

With Beijing’s new traffic policies in operation and people swamping an official website to try to snag coveted approval to buy a car through the new lottery system, car dealers have seen a sharp fall in business.

There was a rush to snap up a car during the weeks before the new rules came into effect but the 10 days since then have been quiet.Zhang Jicheng, a manger at a Peugeot dealership near the North Fifth Ring Road, said they have had ample supply of new autos but a shortage of customers since Dec 23 when the new rules came in.

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China Government Energy plan to focus on cars

January 4, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

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BEIJING – The Energy Saving and New Energy Vehicle Development Plan (2011-2020), which aims to reduce environmental pollution from the booming auto production, will be formally released in January 2011, after being postponed in November, said a senior expert.

It will prioritize the industrialization of plug-in hybrids and pure electrical vehicles, Chen Quanshi, director of the Automotive Research Institute at Tsinghua University, was quoted by Shanghai Securities News as saying.

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China to end tax incentives for small-engine vehicles in 2011

December 29, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

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BEIJING – China will resume levying a 10 percent purchase tax on vehicles with engine sizes of 1.6 liters or less beginning in 2011 as the country rebounds from the financial crisis and the economy has regained its rapid growth, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Tuesday.

China halved the sales tax from 10 to 5 percent on cars with engines of 1.6 liters or smaller in 2009 to combat the financial crisis and spur the use of clean and fuel-efficient cars.

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Beijing unveils measures to ease traffic flow

December 27, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

BEIJING – Traffic measures were announced for Beijing on Thursday, including sharply limiting new vehicle registration, in a major effort to tackle gridlock on the capital’s roads.

Only 240,000 vehicles, about one-third of this year’s figure, will be registered next year in Beijing, a city with a population of 19 million, said Zhou Zhengyu, deputy secretary-general of the municipal government, at a news conference. Starting on Friday [24-12], car registration will be allocated by a license-plate lottery system, Zhou said. Read more »

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5000 new cars per day in Beijing, License plates limited for 2011

December 23, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

Beijing will limit the number of licence plates for 2011 to 240.000. Beijingnese are buying cars like crazy in the last weeks of 2010, up to 5000 a day. Pic above shows the situation at the Beijing government’s offices for applying for license plates, there is a que of over 1000 vehicles right now. Note that some cars aren’t even sold yet, the dealers try to get plates because they fear they can’t sell the cars without ‘m.

Read on for a background article from ChinaDaily:

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“Govt to exclude JV cars from purchase”

March 3, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter

China Daily reports that the government will no longer buy cars made in a joint venture with a foreign automaker. That means no more Audi’s, BMW’s and Benzes. Humble public servants will have to use Geely’s, Chery’s and BYD’s now. The government hopes that the new rules will “boost” the true domestic automakers. It might boost ‘m a bit, the government spent 80 billian yuan on cars in 2008, that is 11.7 billion US dollar.  China Daily talks:

The proportion of home grown brands may make up at least 50 percent of new purchases of government-owned cars, as required by a draft plan on procurement of official cars, Jinan Daily reported Friday.

The plan will also change the guidelines for vehicles to be purchased, basically excluding mostbrands made by joint ventures, the newspaper reported.

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