Traffic, pollution cause Chinese cities to slow new car sales
Pollution in China is no joke, with the dirty air causing untold health effects as well as logistical problems like closed airports and roads. The pollution problem has gotten so bad that the US has offered to work with China on addressing it. Upon US Vice President Joe Biden's recent visit to China, the US said it will work with China on a mandate that will require cars to include filters that capture particulate matter, which creates smog. China earlier this year also enacted what's believed to be its first-ever fuel-economy standards that mandate fleetwide fuel economy of 34 miles per gallon by 2015. Even with the sales restrictions, vehicle ownership in China is estimated to surge to more than 200 million units by 2020, up from 120 million at the end of 2012.
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