The Truth About Cars » Beijing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Beijing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Beijing Is On Red Alert, Chops Car (Access) In Half http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/beijing-red-alert-chops-car-access-half/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/beijing-red-alert-chops-car-access-half/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 16:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1237705 The nice people at Marketplace, who provided the above photo, have a fun website where you can put Chinese smog on your favorite city. Thankfully, most American cities haven’t had a smog problem in the 21st century. Beijing, on the other hand, is experiencing the proverbial terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. For the first […]

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The nice people at Marketplace, who provided the above photo, have a fun website where you can put Chinese smog on your favorite city. Thankfully, most American cities haven’t had a smog problem in the 21st century. Beijing, on the other hand, is experiencing the proverbial terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. For the first […]

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BMW, Baidu Team Up For Automated Driving Trials In China http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/bmw-baidu-team-automated-driving-trials-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/bmw-baidu-team-automated-driving-trials-china/#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=921665 BMW has teamed up with the Google of China, Baidu, to begin work on automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. According to Reuters, BMW says its group of research vehicles have already covered “thousands of kilometers” up and down the autobahns of Germany, and is now embarking “on a further research project which will […]

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BMW has teamed up with the Google of China, Baidu, to begin work on automated driving trials in Beijing and Shanghai. According to Reuters, BMW says its group of research vehicles have already covered “thousands of kilometers” up and down the autobahns of Germany, and is now embarking “on a further research project which will […]

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BAIC, Siemens Team Up For Green Joint Venture In Beijing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/baic-siemens-team-up-for-green-joint-venture-in-beijing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/baic-siemens-team-up-for-green-joint-venture-in-beijing/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=809266 Though Siemens won’t be putting their name upon the body of BAIC C70G for a DTM entry anytime soon, the Chinese automaker and German industrial giant will come together for an green vehicle-related joint venture in Beijing. Automotive News Europe reports the joint venture — Beijing Siemens Automotive E-Drive System Company — will mass produce […]

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Though Siemens won’t be putting their name upon the body of BAIC C70G for a DTM entry anytime soon, the Chinese automaker and German industrial giant will come together for an green vehicle-related joint venture in Beijing. Automotive News Europe reports the joint venture — Beijing Siemens Automotive E-Drive System Company — will mass produce […]

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Beijing EV Licenses Ignored In Spite Of New Car Registration Difficulties http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/beijing-ev-licenses-ignored-in-spite-of-new-car-registration-difficulties/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/beijing-ev-licenses-ignored-in-spite-of-new-car-registration-difficulties/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=748241 Though the municipal government in Beijing has set aside 20,000 license plates for electric vehicles in an attempt to offset their ongoing air quality woes, very few residents are interested, even if it means waiting a long time to own a gasoline-powered car. South China Morning Post reports only 1,701 potential EV owners have filed […]

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Though the municipal government in Beijing has set aside 20,000 license plates for electric vehicles in an attempt to offset their ongoing air quality woes, very few residents are interested, even if it means waiting a long time to own a gasoline-powered car. South China Morning Post reports only 1,701 potential EV owners have filed […]

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City of Beijing Implementing Traffic Congestion Fees to Slow New Car Registrations http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/city-of-beijing-implementing-traffic-congestion-fees-to-slow-new-car-registrations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/city-of-beijing-implementing-traffic-congestion-fees-to-slow-new-car-registrations/#comments Tue, 03 Sep 2013 16:35:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=507105 The municipality of Beijing, China is going to be implementing traffic congestion fees on vehicles by 2017 to address increased air pollution. The plans were revealed as the city government published a five-year plan to deal with that pollution. Parking fees would also be increased and the areas where only locally registered cars and trucks […]

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The municipality of Beijing, China is going to be implementing traffic congestion fees on vehicles by 2017 to address increased air pollution. The plans were revealed as the city government published a five-year plan to deal with that pollution. Parking fees would also be increased and the areas where only locally registered cars and trucks […]

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Curbing Cars, The Chinese Way – A Solution To Flagging Sales? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/curbing-cars-the-chinese-way-a-solution-to-flagging-sales/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/curbing-cars-the-chinese-way-a-solution-to-flagging-sales/#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:43:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=481077   I am coming back to China after having been away for months. My trusted sidekick of many years, a lady surnamed Zhang, seeks my advice. “Bertel, we have car problems.” Uh-oh, I think, and I mentally do a review of my accounts. This smells expensive. As it turns out, the problem is bigger than […]

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  I am coming back to China after having been away for months. My trusted sidekick of many years, a lady surnamed Zhang, seeks my advice. “Bertel, we have car problems.” Uh-oh, I think, and I mentally do a review of my accounts. This smells expensive. As it turns out, the problem is bigger than […]

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Chalk One Up To The Beijing Police http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/chalk-one-up-to-the-beijing-police/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/chalk-one-up-to-the-beijing-police/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2012 15:16:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=433325 This Beijing policeman has a hard look at this BMW X1. Not because it’s extremely dusty. A few days parked outside in Beijing, and any car looks like that. No, this car has no license plates. The plateless car has been gathering dust for a while on Beijing’s streets. So the policeman has the X1 […]

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This Beijing policeman has a hard look at this BMW X1. Not because it’s extremely dusty. A few days parked outside in Beijing, and any car looks like that. No, this car has no license plates. The plateless car has been gathering dust for a while on Beijing’s streets. So the policeman has the X1 […]

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Car Sales or Gridlock? China’s Central Government At Odds With Beijing’s Car Curbs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/car-sales-or-gridlock-china%e2%80%99s-central-government-at-odds-with-beijing%e2%80%99s-car-curbs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/car-sales-or-gridlock-china%e2%80%99s-central-government-at-odds-with-beijing%e2%80%99s-car-curbs/#comments Sat, 25 Jun 2011 07:00:14 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400131 With a population approaching that of Australia and car sales of 700,000 new cars, or 890,000 new cars (depending on which issue of China Daily you rely more), Beijing used to be one of the most important car markets in the world’s largest car markets, China. As amply documented by TTAC, the car market in […]

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With a population approaching that of Australia and car sales of 700,000 new cars, or 890,000 new cars (depending on which issue of China Daily you rely more), Beijing used to be one of the most important car markets in the world’s largest car markets, China. As amply documented by TTAC, the car market in […]

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Lucky Beijing License Plate Winners To Be Punished Severely http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/lucky-beijing-license-plate-winners-to-be-punished-severely/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/lucky-beijing-license-plate-winners-to-be-punished-severely/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 16:51:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=397550 Beijingers who are lucky enough to win the license plate lottery may be punished severely – if they don’t buy a car. In the beginning of the year, China’s capital instated a rule by which new car owners must enter a lottery for a license plate. Only 17,600 plates are available per month. In the […]

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Beijingers who are lucky enough to win the license plate lottery may be punished severely – if they don’t buy a car. In the beginning of the year, China’s capital instated a rule by which new car owners must enter a lottery for a license plate. Only 17,600 plates are available per month. In the […]

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Hammer Time, Beijing Edition: Need a License? Go To Court http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/hammer-time-beijing-edition-need-a-license-go-to-court/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/hammer-time-beijing-edition-need-a-license-go-to-court/#comments Thu, 05 May 2011 12:10:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393738 We have documented extensively how Beijing’s license plate lottery mucked-up the car market of China’s capital. Now, Beijingers found a creative way to get their sought-after license play without bothering Lady Luck: They go to court. A shortcut to the desired license plate leads through a court auction. “Vehicles seized by the court are not […]

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We have documented extensively how Beijing’s license plate lottery mucked-up the car market of China’s capital. Now, Beijingers found a creative way to get their sought-after license play without bothering Lady Luck: They go to court. A shortcut to the desired license plate leads through a court auction. “Vehicles seized by the court are not […]

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Stick And Carrot: Why Beijing Will Become The World’s Electric Vehicle Capital http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/stick-and-carrot-why-beijing-will-become-the-worlds-electric-vehicle-capital/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/stick-and-carrot-why-beijing-will-become-the-worlds-electric-vehicle-capital/#comments Sat, 09 Apr 2011 23:01:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390720 It’s long form Saturday! Most of you probably thought you would never see the day Bertel writes a fiery manifesto for the Electric Car. Today is your day. Yesterday, we were first to run with the story that Beijing most likely will become EV capital of the world. Not because Beijing scientists have developed the […]

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It’s long form Saturday! Most of you probably thought you would never see the day Bertel writes a fiery manifesto for the Electric Car. Today is your day. Yesterday, we were first to run with the story that Beijing most likely will become EV capital of the world. Not because Beijing scientists have developed the […]

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New Edict Turns Beijing Into EV City http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/new-edict-turns-beijing-into-ev-city/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/new-edict-turns-beijing-into-ev-city/#comments Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:37:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390459 Call it synchronicity, ESP, or plain dumb luck. Yesterday, only half in jest, I called upon the city of Beijing to issue its sought-after license plates to buyers of EVs and hybrids.  Little did I  know that the day before, Beijing had decided to do just that. Well, no quite. No hybrids. Beijing’s media, from […]

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Call it synchronicity, ESP, or plain dumb luck. Yesterday, only half in jest, I called upon the city of Beijing to issue its sought-after license plates to buyers of EVs and hybrids.  Little did I  know that the day before, Beijing had decided to do just that. Well, no quite. No hybrids. Beijing’s media, from […]

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Beijing Measures Ease Traffic. At Car Dealers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/beijing-measures-ease-traffic-at-car-dealers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/beijing-measures-ease-traffic-at-car-dealers/#comments Mon, 28 Feb 2011 08:30:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385510 Beijing is in a state of confusion after China’s capital drastically slashed the number of license plates available. You literally have to win the lottery to get a plate. Most winners keep the prized (but non-transferable) possession at home. Writes the party organ People’s Daily: “Only about 11 percent of those who won rights to […]

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Beijing is in a state of confusion after China’s capital drastically slashed the number of license plates available. You literally have to win the lottery to get a plate. Most winners keep the prized (but non-transferable) possession at home. Writes the party organ People’s Daily: “Only about 11 percent of those who won rights to […]

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Judges Made Unwitting Accessories In Beijing License Plate Scam http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/judges-made-unwitting-accessories-in-beijing-license-plate-scam/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/judges-made-unwitting-accessories-in-beijing-license-plate-scam/#comments Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:39:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=384177 Beijing’s draconian license plate limits have a stimulating effect on the creativity of Beijingers. To skirt the new rules, complex schemes are being devised. Beijing’s courts are turned into accessories of the fraud. According to China Daily, the scheme goes like this: The seller and buyer of a used car invent a debt the vehicle’s […]

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Beijing’s draconian license plate limits have a stimulating effect on the creativity of Beijingers. To skirt the new rules, complex schemes are being devised. Beijing’s courts are turned into accessories of the fraud. According to China Daily, the scheme goes like this: The seller and buyer of a used car invent a debt the vehicle’s […]

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Forbidden City: Not From Beijing? Get Outta Town! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/forbidden-city-not-from-beijing-get-outta-town/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/forbidden-city-not-from-beijing-get-outta-town/#comments Fri, 07 Jan 2011 11:44:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379809 Want to belong to a really exclusive club? Own a car in Beijing. Don’t have one yet? Sorry, try your luck in the license plate lottery. Out-of–towner? Don’t even think of entering downtown during rush-hour. “Vehicles that are not registered in Beijing are prohibited from entering the urban area inside the Fifth Ring Road during […]

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Want to belong to a really exclusive club? Own a car in Beijing. Don’t have one yet? Sorry, try your luck in the license plate lottery. Out-of–towner? Don’t even think of entering downtown during rush-hour. “Vehicles that are not registered in Beijing are prohibited from entering the urban area inside the Fifth Ring Road during […]

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53,000 Apply On The First Day Of Beijing’s Car Rationing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/53000-apply-on-the-first-day-of-beijing%e2%80%99s-car-rationing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/53000-apply-on-the-first-day-of-beijing%e2%80%99s-car-rationing/#comments Sun, 02 Jan 2011 07:10:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=379289 So. Yesterday, Jan 1, was the first day of the grand car rationing in Beijing, China. From now on out, only 20,000 new vehicles per month are allowed onto Beijing’s roads. (If you trade old for new, this rule doesn’t apply.) And what did Beijingers do? Take a taxi? The subway? No, they swamped the […]

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So. Yesterday, Jan 1, was the first day of the grand car rationing in Beijing, China. From now on out, only 20,000 new vehicles per month are allowed onto Beijing’s roads. (If you trade old for new, this rule doesn’t apply.) And what did Beijingers do? Take a taxi? The subway? No, they swamped the […]

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Beijing Clears The Air http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/beijing-clears-the-air/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/beijing-clears-the-air/#comments Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:55:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378797 Beijing is serious about clearing the air. According to China Daily, the city is planning to require adherence to the Euro 5 standard for all vehicles by 2012. In Europe, Euro 5 had gone in effect in September 2009, but only for new vehicles. Beijing switched to the Euro 4 requirement for all cars in […]

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Beijing is serious about clearing the air. According to China Daily, the city is planning to require adherence to the Euro 5 standard for all vehicles by 2012. In Europe, Euro 5 had gone in effect in September 2009, but only for new vehicles. Beijing switched to the Euro 4 requirement for all cars in […]

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Daimler Shrugs Off Beijing’s Curbs On Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/daimler-shrugs-off-beijings-curbs-on-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/daimler-shrugs-off-beijings-curbs-on-cars/#comments Mon, 27 Dec 2010 15:03:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378687 Daimler is unimpressed by Beijing’s plans to limit new vehicle license plates to 240,000 next year. Daimler still expects double-digit car sales growth in China in 2011. BMW is similarly sanguine. A spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal that “these are not the first limitations in Beijing. With the existing ones, we haven’t had any […]

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Daimler is unimpressed by Beijing’s plans to limit new vehicle license plates to 240,000 next year. Daimler still expects double-digit car sales growth in China in 2011. BMW is similarly sanguine. A spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal that “these are not the first limitations in Beijing. With the existing ones, we haven’t had any […]

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Beijing Hands Down Harsh Measures Against New Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/beijing-hands-down-harsh-measures-against-new-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/beijing-hands-down-harsh-measures-against-new-cars/#comments Fri, 24 Dec 2010 05:09:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378471 China’s Capital Beijing received a largely unwanted Christmas present yesterday: Drastic curbs on new car registrations. “Under the new regulations, vehicles purchased starting today will be subject to strict new restrictions,” reports Global Times, “setting off a last-minute, car-buying spree last night.” The city will license only 240,000 new vehicles next year, and buyers of […]

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China’s Capital Beijing received a largely unwanted Christmas present yesterday: Drastic curbs on new car registrations. “Under the new regulations, vehicles purchased starting today will be subject to strict new restrictions,” reports Global Times, “setting off a last-minute, car-buying spree last night.” The city will license only 240,000 new vehicles next year, and buyers of […]

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Beijing Declares War On Cars: A War Of Words http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/beijing-declares-war-on-cars-a-war-of-words/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/beijing-declares-war-on-cars-a-war-of-words/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 09:48:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377120 For the past two weeks, China’s capital had been awash in rumors that it would use stern methods to stamp out rampant car growth. Most popular rumor: A one car policy. Only one per resident. There are 4.7 million cars in Beijing and 22 million people. That disparity did not allay the worries of motorized […]

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For the past two weeks, China’s capital had been awash in rumors that it would use stern methods to stamp out rampant car growth. Most popular rumor: A one car policy. Only one per resident. There are 4.7 million cars in Beijing and 22 million people. That disparity did not allay the worries of motorized […]

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Beijing Runs Out Of Cars, Beijingers Mob Dealerships http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/beijing-runs-out-of-cars-beijingers-mob-dealerships/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/beijing-runs-out-of-cars-beijingers-mob-dealerships/#comments Sat, 04 Dec 2010 18:43:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375774 Beijingers who shop for a car increasingly find themselves SOL. Dealers report a shortage of cars. Especially scarce: inventories of Volkswagens, China’s largest passenger car brand. “I have to turn to another auto brand for not being able to get a single car of Volkswagen’s for five months,” a customer named Li Guang complained to […]

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Beijingers who shop for a car increasingly find themselves SOL. Dealers report a shortage of cars. Especially scarce: inventories of Volkswagens, China’s largest passenger car brand. “I have to turn to another auto brand for not being able to get a single car of Volkswagen’s for five months,” a customer named Li Guang complained to […]

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Microsoft Mines Brains Of Chinese Taxi Drivers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/microsoft-mines-brains-of-chinese-taxi-drivers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/microsoft-mines-brains-of-chinese-taxi-drivers/#comments Mon, 22 Nov 2010 09:21:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=373834 It’s a well-kept secret, which will give the willies to people who are (at least publicly) worried about intellectual property: Microsoft has one of their best R&D centers in China. Located in the silicone gulch in the north of Beijing, MSRA (Microsoft Research Asia) is working on advanced technologies, mostly in the visual area. I […]

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It’s a well-kept secret, which will give the willies to people who are (at least publicly) worried about intellectual property: Microsoft has one of their best R&D centers in China. Located in the silicone gulch in the north of Beijing, MSRA (Microsoft Research Asia) is working on advanced technologies, mostly in the visual area. I […]

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Beijing Straddles Traffic Jams With Straddle Bus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/beijing-straddles-traffic-jams-with-straddle-bus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/08/beijing-straddles-traffic-jams-with-straddle-bus/#comments Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:40:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=364000 The number of cars in Beijing is expected to double by 2015, the Beijing Transportation Research Center told Global Times. By the end of 2009, Beijing had 4 million cars. A taxi driver said it more succinctly: “We’re making another Great Wall, it’s just that this one is a wall of cars.”  Relief could come […]

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The number of cars in Beijing is expected to double by 2015, the Beijing Transportation Research Center told Global Times. By the end of 2009, Beijing had 4 million cars. A taxi driver said it more succinctly: “We’re making another Great Wall, it’s just that this one is a wall of cars.”  Relief could come […]

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Beijing Adds Another Million Cars This Year http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/beijing-adds-another-million-cars-this-year/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/beijing-adds-another-million-cars-this-year/#comments Wed, 12 May 2010 19:23:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356318 Slowdown in Chinese car sales? Unheard of, as far as Beijing is concerned. In the beginning of the year, Beijing had 4m cars. By the end of the year, the Chinese capital is expected to have 5 million cars on the roads. That’s the educated guess of the government, as reported by Gasgoo. In the […]

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Slowdown in Chinese car sales? Unheard of, as far as Beijing is concerned. In the beginning of the year, Beijing had 4m cars. By the end of the year, the Chinese capital is expected to have 5 million cars on the roads. That’s the educated guess of the government, as reported by Gasgoo. In the […]

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Shanghai’s Finest Receive Brand New Bimmers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/shanghai%e2%80%99s-finest-receive-brand-new-bimmers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/shanghai%e2%80%99s-finest-receive-brand-new-bimmers/#comments Thu, 01 Apr 2010 11:01:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=351053 Shanghai is gearing up for the Expo 2010, which is supposed to drive millions of visitors to the sprawling Chinese metropolis from May through October. The whole city is being refurbished. Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport received a spanking new terminal. Shanghai’s Finest don’t want to be left behind. The Shanghai traffic police received 20 brand new […]

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Shanghai is gearing up for the Expo 2010, which is supposed to drive millions of visitors to the sprawling Chinese metropolis from May through October. The whole city is being refurbished. Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport received a spanking new terminal. Shanghai’s Finest don’t want to be left behind. The Shanghai traffic police received 20 brand new […]

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