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China to be automotive society by 2012

By Wang Zheng (People's Daily)

15:37, December 06, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

China will quantitatively become an automotive society in the first quarter of 2012 at latest, according to the Blue Paper on Automotive Society published on Dec. 3.

According to the international standard, when every 100 families of a country or region own more than 20 automobiles on average, it means the country or region has become an automotive society.

According to an evaluation, China will reach 20 cars among 100 families in the first quarter of 2012, which means China will fully enter the automotive society in terms of the ratio of automobiles to families.

The report was compiled by the Institute of Sociology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. It is said that China's large and medium-sized cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Xi'an, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Nanjing and Suzhou had already become automotive societies ahead of time in 2010.

Currently, China has 234 million motor vehicle drivers, including 172 million automobile drivers. Compared with China's rapid growth of motor vehicles and drivers, the civilization level of China's drivers is relatively low.

Currently, China deals with about 200 million traffic offence cases every year, including drunk driving, speeding and fatigued driving.


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RM Blaber at 2011-12-0786.4.43.*
I would like to know the average amount of carbon dioxide per annum produced by each of these 234 million motor vehicles. It will not be to China"s, or anyone else"s, benefit, if, in pursuing technological development, we end up turning planet Earth into another planet Venus!

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