China has seemingly taken the lead on vehicle fuel efficiency. The country will require battery-electric and plug-in hybrids to represent 10 percent of all new cars sold in 2019; the regulation is one of the toughest announced thus far for automakers.
To show the country means business, China will also end production of 553 locally-made vehicles over their fuel economy, Bloomberg reported last Friday. The lengthy list of vehicles do not meet fuel consumption limits and will help curb air pollution.
A full list of cars on the chopping block isn’t available, and the only information in the report does not source vehicle nameplate. Shanghai-GM’s “Chevrolet SGM7161DAA2 sedan” is named, however. It’s unclear if other SAIC-GM products will face their end.
Although 553 seems like a large number, Cui Dongshu, secretary general of the China Passenger Car Association, told the publication it’s a “very small” percentage of passenger car production. China is also mulling over an official date to implement an internal-combustion engine ban. The United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands and Norway have all set their own dates to ban new cars sold powered by fossil fuels.