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New regulations on auto investment to tighten industry supervision, replace 14-year-old AIDP

BEIJING – The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has issued a draft of regulations that aims to tighten supervision and raise investment thresholds in the auto industry. The Administrative Regulations on Automotive Industry Investment (ARAII) (draft to solicit public opinion), a copy of which CBU/CAR has obtained, is expected to

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Auto execs seek regulatory support on NEVs and autonomous driving at “Two Sessions”

BEIJING – The First Annual Session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) and the First Session of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), known as the “Two Sessions” held each year by China’s top legislative and advisory bodies, were held from March 3-20 this year. Delegates and

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Auto execs seek regulatory support on NEVs and autonomous driving at “Two Sessions”

BEIJING – The First Annual Session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) and the First Session of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), known as the “Two Sessions” held each year by China’s top legislative and advisory bodies, were opened earlier in March this year. Delegates and

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Key policies and regulations for the commercial vehicle industry in 2018

The commercial vehicle industry drove China’s auto market in 2017 thanks to a slew of policies, non-bigger than the GB1589-2016 standards on dimensions and loading as well as the new China 5 emissions standards. What are key laws and regulations that are already in place or are on the horizon

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Beijing issues China’s first guidelines to allow autonomous vehicle testing on public roads

BEIJING – The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, Beijing Traffic Management Bureau and Beijing Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology jointly issued The Guidelines on Accelerating the Road Test of Autonomous Vehicles in Beijing and The Regulations on Managing and Implementing the Road Test of Autonomous Vehicles in Beijing

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Thirteen ministries and commissions issue new regulation promoting natural gas use

BEIJING – Thirteen ministries and commissions including the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Transportation jointly released The Opinions on Accelerating the Utilization of Natural Gas on June 23. The Opinion requires various industries to accelerate the natural gas utilization, improve the proportion of natural gas in

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Pressure mounting for carmakers as market cools and tougher policies arrive

China’s auto sales in May were flat over the same previous month and through the first five months, sales were only up 3.71 percent, according to data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on June 12. Worth noting is passenger vehicle sales were down 2.64 percent in May

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MIIT and NDRC issue new guidelines on automotive investment

BEIJING – The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) jointly released a new set of guidelines on June 12 aiming to alter the structure of the auto industry, improve the administration of automotive investment projects, enhance monitoring and warning mechanisms of

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Fortunes in the heavy-duty truck and bus markets not market induced

This issue’s feature and statistics sections show entire different directions the heavy-duty truck and bus markets have been going toward. While heavy-duty truck sales and particularly the natural gas heavy-duty truck volume continue to grow at multiples, the bus market continues to shrink with just a few outliers bucking the

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