Does China have cars?
Jason Whyte, Owned 205, Rover, Saab, Lotus Elise, Prius and S-Max
Yes, and too many of them for the infrastructure to cope.
I spent 6 months in Beijing back in 2005. At first I couldn’t understand why there were traffic jams everywhere - it took 2–3 hours of driving to cross the city, as long as in Indian cities like Mumbai or Bangalore where the road network is far less modern. I understood from my Beijingren colleagues that the recent SARS crisis had led anyone who could afford it to buy a car and shun the public transport network, but that still didn’t explain why the modern, elevated, multi-lane motorway network was permanently clogged with traffic edging forward a few feet at a time.
But eventually I worked it out.
If you look at a motorway network in Europe or the US, you’ll notice that the basic design of a junction is that the road, its on-ramp and its off-ramp make a triangular shape. First the off-ramp takes traffic off the road, then the on-ramp brings it back on.
Not so in Beijing. Instead, the ramps and the road make a K-shape. The on-ramp arrives before the off-ramp. As a result, all three streams of traffic (joining, leaving and just passing through) have to pass through the same point.
It’s a design that probably worked fine when only high ranking cadres and the elite had cars. It’s terrible when cars are a mass market form of transport.
Patrick Koh, former Government, Consultant, Business Man
Of course, China has close to 60% urbanised by 2018, and has 300+ million middle class. All Chinese like Americans want to own a car as a status symbol and for transport. Where I used to stay, the basement is packed with BMW, Merc, Audis, Nissan, Toyota, etc, a few Porsche SUVs and even a US made Camaro, and a Harley Davidson.
China has many local companies and many have joint ventures with German, Japanese, Korean and American companies to produce the most cars in the world, and is the largest car market.
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China produces 28 million cars a year!!
China is now the biggest market.
On per capita basis, China is still low, but the market is the biggest now, and will continue to grow at 2 digit every year.
This is one reason whey some cities are highly polluted. NowChina is going green in a big way, and many electric cars are also produced.
When i go to one new city, all bikes are electric, as motorbikes are not allowed in the city limit. Because those cute bikes start at 2000 rbm, almost anyone who works and own one, and you dont need a license. So young like 12 onwards could have mobility up to 60 kph.
This to me is astonishing. Everywhere you go, you see hundreds parked. From decades ago, when bicycles are ubiquitous, China is now far richer than before, and every kid and working adult can have unimaginable mobility. Electric and Green.
And here my joy when I visit China, my own ELECTRIC bike, speed 70 kph. Just above USD1000.
Don Kyle Ochoa, 6th/7th Grade Science Teacher at Galaxy International School
Every country in the world has cars. Even Sierra Leone and North Korea have cars.
I guess we can also interpret this question to mean “Does China MAKE cars?”
The answer to that question is, yes, they do. However, they don't really sell well, since the Chinese, generally regard their own domestically produced cars as rolling dog turds.
I have a 2005 model Xiali (domestically produced Chinese car) with a 1.0L motor and 4 speed Manuel transmission. Surprisingly, it ain't bad. It's far better than the Peugeot 305 I had in the UAE. It is not as good as the 1998 Dodge Ram 1500 I had when I lived in the US. The car I have gets me from home to work and to the grocery store. I haven't had any problems with it in a year. Most Chinese peopke tell me that I should sell it and upgrade as soon as possible, but since I'm not planning on being here more than 5 years, as long as I can register it, this car will do.
A car (or automobile) is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transportation. Most definitions of car say they run primarily on roads, seat one to eight people, have four tires, and mainly transport people rather than goods. Cars came into global use during the 20th century, and developed economies depend on them. The year 1886 is regarded as the birth year of the modern car when German inventor Karl Benz patented his Benz Patent-Motorwagen. Cars became widely available in the early 20th century. One of the first cars that were accessible to the masses was the 1908 Model T, an American car manufactured by the Ford Motor Company. Cars were rapidly adopted in the US, where they replaced animal-drawn carriages and carts, but took much longer to be accepted in Western Europe and other parts of the world
Jim Garner, Youth Director
Wow, again trying to educate one idiot at a time. Of course China has cars. In fact, it is the largest car market in the world. Most if not all car manufacturers sell more cars in China than anywhere else, this includes GM, Ford, Volkswagen , etc. China is leading the new technology market, electric cars, self driving cars, etc. All of this market potential has the International Car Show held bi-annually in Shanghai the largest car show in the world (# of exhibitors and attendees).
Justin Ward, Worked in the media in China for more than 5 years. Currently an English copy-editor for China Social Scien...
A lot of people are being snarky here, but I think what OP means to say is “Does China have domestic car brands?” The answer is obviously yes.
Guangdong is a big auto manufacturing region. It’s home to GAC and there are a number of other brands, including Hongqi (Red Flag), which was China’s first domestic luxury brand. Hongqi has recently been revived. BYD, an electric car company, made waves a few years back when it got support from mega-investor Warren Buffett.
Chinese companies not only make domestic cars, Geely outright owns a major foreign car brand: like Volvo. Also a number of them partner with foreign manufacturers to make cars for the domestic market and to export to China’s neighbors to conform to China’s localization regulations.
Jean-Francois Berard, Civil Engineer (Water, Waste, Geotech)
I am the first one to say that there are no stupid questions.
Assuming that this question was asked by a four year old child, sarcasm will not help him or her. So here is my answer:
“Hey buddy, great question! Of course they have cars in China… what’s your favorite color?”
However, assuming that this question was asked by an adult of average intellectual capacity and able to access basic information on the internet, one could easily despair of humanity by the simple realisation that this person, in some parts of the world, would be allowed to vote…
Yes, of course China has cars. China has a lot of cars.
China actually makes cars as well. Great Wall, Foton, Geely and Cherry are all Chinese branded cars. One not so good thing about Chinese cars is from what I have seen is they score badly in safety ratings.
But to be honest German cars have problems and are by no means perfect either and to be fair and honest I have not seen a broken down Chinese car yet but I have seen more than enough broken down German cars. This is not to say German cars are not nice cars because they are but gosh are they a headache to keep on the road by their constant breaking down and then the difficulty and cost it is to get them fixed.