Rural Vehicles in China: Appropriate Policy for Appropriate Technology

Although over 3 million Chinese rural vehicles (CRVs) were produced in China in 2002, these small 3-wheel and 4-wheel vehicles are virtually unknown outside China. The CRV industry is unusual in that it evolved largely outside the control of government regulation and policy, using local technology and resources. This paper is the first comprehensive assessment of these vehicles. The study documents and analyzes vehicle technology, government policy, environmental impacts, market demand and industry dynamics. CRVs consume one-fourth of the diesel fuel in China and play an important role in rural development. Findings show that increasing government regulation is having a profound effect on the CRV industry. Sales are being slowed by concerns over aggressive government restriction and taxes on CRV use, and the prospects of increasingly stringent safety, emissions and energy rules. However, there is a huge potential domestic market for CRVs and the prospect for exports.


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  • Accession Number: 01000444
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 22 2005 7:09PM