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Jeep plans meet Chinese rules

by David Zatz on

Jeep expansion plans in China are likely to be impacted by tight fuel economy standards officially issued by Chinese authorities today. By 2015, passenger cars must slash their fuel consumption from roughly 8 liters per 100 km (29 mpg) to a stunning 6.9 l/100km (34 mpg). By 2020, the rules have automakers meeting an average of 47 mpg.

Jeep Renegade in China

If the rules are riddled with loopholes and exceptions, as American “CAFE” standards are, and the measurement methods are relatively undemanding (slow acceleration, low top speeds, level surfaces, no air conditioning or heat), the numbers may be grossly inflated. However, the move is still likely to be difficult on niche manufacturers such as Jeep, which may need to rely heavily on the B-sized Jeep to be produced by Fiat. The rules will also impact smaller Chinese manufacturers.

Pollution issues are extreme in China, where some areas suffer from opaque, poisonous rivers, heavy smog, and high rates of severe health problems due to toxin-laden smoke. These issues have led to demonstrations and riots, and government leaders have promised action.

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