BEIJING – China’s automobile parc increased by 11.35 million units in the first half of 2016, reaching 184 million units by the end of June, according to data released by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) on July 20.
In H1 2016, newly registered automobiles were 13.28 million, surging by 1.99 million units with year-on-year increase of 17.62 percent. Total motor vehicle parc reached 285 million units by the end of June, with 342 million licensed motor vehicle drivers including 296 million licensed automobile drivers.
In terms of statistics, newly registered automobiles were in rapid rise in the past five years with percentage among motor vehicles increasing from 43.88 percent to 64.39 percent.
In terms of regions, automobile parc of 46 cities surpassed 1 million units with 16 cities surpassing 2 million: Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Tianjin, Zhengzhou, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Shijiazhuang, Nanjing, Qingdao and Dongguan.
Passenger vehicle parc was 147 million units by the end of June with newly registered ones reaching 11.69 million units, increasing by 1.66 million units or 16.57 percent. Among them, over 135 million were private cars with newly registered ones reaching 10.85 million units.
Truck parc was 21.43 million in H1 2016, up by 3.47 percent over the same period of last year, a surge of 718,000 units. Newly registered trucks were 1.27 million, up 25.54 percent or an increase of 260,000 units.
The number of newly registered trucks has been in continuous decline since the second half of 2014, but it has recovered starting from H1 2016.
New licensed motor vehicle drivers reached 16.11 million, including 15 million new licensed automobile drivers.
Since 2015, China has added more than 35 million licensed drivers (driving age less than one year).