America’s Love for Pickups Isn’t the Same in China
The Chinese and American auto markets are similar in lots of ways. China is one of the largest luxury car markets in the world, and the same holds true for the U.S. Additionally, China purchases hundreds of thousands of cars from American companies, with more Buicks sold in China than in the United States. Indeed, General Motors’ excellent sales record this year is due in large part to the Chinese auto market.
However, while China and America may generally appreciate similar vehicles, it isn’t always the case. For example, according to a report cited by Automotive News, trucks represent just two percent of new vehicle sales in China, with that number falling. The reason for this is that pickups frequently pay higher toll fees than sedans or regular cars. Many cities in China even ban pickups from entering the city center, classifying them as commercial vehicles even if private consumers own them.
Insofar as we can tell, the regulations apply to all pickups, regardless of emissions or fuel economy ratings. That seems a bit unfair to us, given that some compact trucks are as efficient as sedans, which don’t have to comply with the regulations.
What do you think? Is there a good reason to regulate one class of car more than another?
Source: Automotive News