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Automobile parc rises to 172 million by end of 2015

BEIJING – China’s automobile parc increased to 172 million units by the end of 2015, with total motor vehicle parc reaching 279 million units, according to a report from the Traffic Management Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security.

In 2015, newly registered automobiles reached 23.85 million units with a net increase of 17.8 million units in automobile prac. The percentage of automobiles among total motor vehicles on the roads increased to 61.8 percent by the end of 2015, up from 47.1 percent five years ago.

There were 40 Chinese cities that had automobile parc of over one million units. Cities like Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Chongqing, Tianjin, Suzhou, Zhengzhou, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Xian had automobile parc exceeding two million units.

New energy vehicle parc reached 583,200 units, up 169.48 percent from 2014. BEV parc reached 332,000 units, up 317.1 percent and accounted for 57 percent of total NEVs on the roads.

By the end of 2015, small passenger vehicle parc had reached 136 million units, including 124 million private cars.

In 2015, increased volume of private cars reached 18.8 million units, up 17.8 percent from 2014. On average, every 100 families have 31 private cars and that number is over 60 in big cities like Beijing, Chengdu and Shenzhen.

In 2015, the total number of motor vehicle drivers reached 320 million, including 280 million automobile drivers, accounting for 85.6 percent of total. About 33.8 million automobile drivers were added in 2015. Roughly three quarters of the drivers are male and more than 11 percent of the drivers got their licenses within the past year.

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