By on March 20, 2013

Chinese carmakers are worried about new fuel economy standards handed down by the Chinese government today.  The rules are intended to lower average fuel consumption to 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers by 2015 and then to 5.0 liters by 2020, Reuters says.

“That’s going to be tough for everyone, especially those small players as they will have to use more fuel-efficient engines and invest in hybrid technologies,” Yale Zhang, director of Greater China vehicle forecasts at consultancy CSM Worldwide told Reuters. The wire could not find current consumption figures. Consumption stood at 7.8 liters per 100 kilometers in 2009 and 8.2 liters in 2008.

Now all we need is a snazzy Chinese acronym. TEA perhaps?

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18 Comments on “China Orders Better Mileage...”

  • avatar

    Google says:

    6.9l/100km = 34mpg
    5.0l/100km = 47mpg
    7.8l/100km = 30.1mpg
    8.2l/100km = 28.7mpg

  • avatar

    So… in effect they’re making petrols illegal then?

    • 0 avatar

      Probably not. There’ll probably be loopholes, like that not being real-world mileage. Then there’s the fact that China is a lot more comfortable with small cars than the US (though not to the extent of Europe or Japan). Also, there are hardly any hybrids in China, so there’s a lot of room to gain ground on that front.

  • avatar

    There are not enough Audis at that petrol station.

  • avatar
    Athos Nobile

    Downsized engines massification. The small players have all the reason to worry. Even if their sales mix consists of cars from A to C segments.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    The Chinese will be able to meet those figures.

    Most don’t have cars yet, so mobility, any mobility will be a dream come true.

    Here are the figures for a Great Wall ute, it is the same size as the Izuzu based twin cabs. This is also a 4×4 and its getting over 28mpg.

    • 0 avatar
      Athos Nobile

      It is easy when most of your fleet is small engined.

      But as their income increases, so will their demand for bigger/thirstier vehicles. The technology to have a big car with tiny consumption is already there (of course, ECE cycle fuel economy numbers require plenty of salt to swallow).

      I can put money in that this measure is going to be followed by some Euro(4?; 5?; 6?) emissions requirement.

      The small players who don’t have access to downsized engines, modern diesel or hybrids will suffer.

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    “I don’t think that station is in China. That looks like Cyrillic on the building and on the pump.”

    And the sky is blue!!

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