When we think of China, we think of massive pollution and CO2-belching cars. Get with the program. China moves ahead at warp speed, and so do emission standards. The China 4 emission standards will become mandatory for all cars sold across China from July 1st, says China Car Times. The Chinese 4 emission standard is pretty much the same as the strict Euro 4 standard (with Chinese characteristics and a separate certification regimen.)
Notoriously polluted Beijing had enacted Euro 4 before the Olympics in 2008. The effects of this and other pollution-fighting measures are remarkable. I can usually (except on days depicted in the video) see the stars at night from my place in Beijing. Before, I thought the only stars were on China’s flag. According to Xinhua, “Beijing will impose the national standard 5 for vehicle emission in 2012 ahead of schedule, which will be around the same time a similar standard is imposed in developed countries.” According to official statistics of the German Kraftfahrtbundesamt, 43 percent of all cars on German roads complied with Euro 4 as of January 1 2011. On the same day, Euro 5 came in effect for new registrations all over Europe.
CCT thinks the new Euro 4 regulation could bump May car sales “as dealerships will be rushing to empty their stocks of Chinese 3 emission standard cars before the July 1st deadline.” It could be a foolish move. When Beijing went to Euro 4, it closed its roads to cars that did not comply. Out of town cars need a sticker that shows that they are in compliance, or need to submit to a roadside emission test before entering the city.