China has suspended the production of 553 passenger vehicle models that have not met the government’s fuel consumption standards, reports Xinhua.
The suspension has come to effect from Jan 1, according to the China Vehicle Technology Service Center, and has been approved from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
The stopped models include cars from joint ventures and domestic manufacturers such as FAW-Volkswagen, Beijing Benz Automotive, Chery and Dongfeng Motor Corporation. Dongfeng has JV with Renault, Nissan, Peugeot and Citroen as well.
China has been pushing for green transportation by toughening emission norms and encouraging the use of what it calls “new energy vehicles (NEVs)”. The NEVs include hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs and fuel-cell vehicles. Buyers of NEVs will continue to enjoy purchase tax exemptions for the next three years (2020).
According to MIIT, the country has started research on a timetable to phase out production and sales of fossil fuel cars.