Low-emission Cars in China Lose Out to Craving for Social Status – People’s Daily

Audiquattrosuv China
The Communist Party’s central mouthpiece reports the Party’s efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions have bumped into a formidable foe: Face.

Sales of low-emission cars in China declined 11.67 percent in the first half of the year with the majority consumers valuing social status over the environment.

The dip in sales was in stark contrast to general automobile sales figures in China which increased nearly 30 percent on the previous year, reported the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. [Full Text]

As evidence of the SUV craze currently underway, see the extensive buyer’s guide published in yesterday’s edition of the Beijing Times [in Chinese].

[Image: An ad in Chinese for the Audi Q7 Quattro, posted to Flickr by jiazi]

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