The roads in big Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai are getting increasingly crammed with cars, many of them locally produced and badged duplicates of non-Chinese models. However, it also appears that the majority of new purchase are small cars. According to a report in the Peoples Daily, sixty percent of the cars sold in 2006 had engines less than 1.6L in displacement. Evidently high oil prices and government policies are encouraging small car purchases. Almost nine percent of the new cars had engines less than 1.0L. Many roads that were previously closed to small engined cars have now been opened up and the government raised oil prices several times. At least this is an attempt to clean the notoriously bad air before next years Olympic games in Beijing.

[Source: China Peoples Daily via GreenCarCongress]

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