PRIVATELY-OWNED cars in Beijing surpassed one million by the end of last month, accounting for nearly half the motor vehicles in the Chinese capital, Beijing Daily reported on Thursday.
On average, Beijing has one vehicle for every seven residents, according to the paper. In the first six months of the year, Beijing reported 166,000 newly registered cars.
“The capital has taken the lead in entering the auto era among all the other major Chinese cities,” the paper said.
Although private cars have been blamed for traffic jams in Beijing, the municipal government has said repeatedly that it would not restrict the number of cars.
One of four residents in Beijing currently holds a driver’s licence.
A survey AC Nielsen conducted in three cities showed that Beijing is now leading Shanghai and Guangzhou in private car ownership.
The survey showed that the number of people who own a car in a city is largely decided by the price of cars.
The average price of a car
in Beijing is 139,000 yuan (RM64,000), Shanghai 220,000 yuan (RM101,000) and Guangzhou 190,000 yuan (RM88,000). – People’s Daily