Wards Auto is reporting that China is attempting to put a stop to rampant corruption by its government officials, especially when it comes to automotive purchases and embezzling. The People's Republic currently spends somewhere between $46.5 billion and $62.1 billion at current conversion rates maintaining its fleet of 3 million official vehicles. Those figures mark between 6 and 12 percent of the government's total costs. According to Wards, 464,000 of the 4 million vehicles registered in China in the first five months of the year were purchased for official use by government workers. That's a little over 11 percent of every vehicle on the road.
In response, China has enacted new legislation to limit the number of official vehicles on the road. Moving forward, there will only be one governmental vehicle for every 20 workers. Engine size will also be limited to 1.8 liters and the total cost can be no more than $27,950. Currently, workers can snap up any vehicle with an engine up to 2.0-liters of displacement with a cost of $38,280 or less. This year, government buyers have favored models like the Audi A6L, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Federal, state, and local governments in the U.S. should put a cap on their vehicle purchases as well. There is no reason Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) needs an Escalade and then let's his teenage son drive it. In my town the police department just bought 4 new Tahoes for patrol duty and a 5th for the police chief. It's a small town of 11,000 with speeding and a bar fight the worst that goes on so I don't see why a Police Interceptor or Impala wouldn't have worked. The town next me has two Hemi Chargers for the 4,000 people the to go with their 4 Expeditions. Congress members make a lot of money and I am sure the members of the Communist Party of China who are getting the cars can afford them. This why when the governments all over the world run short on cash they just want more money from the people instead of cutting back a little first.
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is anyone really THAT surprised by this?? Their country has made itself itself an economic powerhouse by making and distributing gray market items; from electronics, to cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have no idea if the 6-12% figure for its governments spending is on fleet vehicles is correct, but if true that is total insanity.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good job Communist Party!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chinesee officials tied to the gray market? Well, NO SH!T SHERLOCK.
      Jonathan Arena
      • 3 Years Ago
      So THATS why every chineese-american in the US wants to buy Cayenne V6's from me...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi A6 costs a bit more than $40G in China, more likely to be almost $100G in China ...
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