Straight from the Beijing auto show: SUVs are the fastest growing segment of the Chinese auto market. To corroborate this statement is the figure 200,000, which is how many SUVs were sold between 2001 and 2003, twice as many as in the previous two-year period. Of note is the fact that Chinese cities and SUVs don't play well together, as even bicyclists seem to get mired in traffic jams on the narrow streets. But, just like Americans, Chinese drivers are attracted to the rugged looks, commanding seating position, and false feeling of security that SUVs provide. The Chinese government is less amped, as more SUVs only mean more pollution, and a further dependence on foreign oil.


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