China’s Vehicle Registrations Slip in 2022


China’s Vehicle Registrations Slip in 2022
New cars waiting in a parking lot at a port in Tianjin, China in August 2022. © ambient_pix

China’s new motor vehicle registrations – including cars, trucks and motorcycles – declined 5% to 34.8 million in 2022, although the country’s vehicle parc increased 6% to 417 million, according to statistics released earlier this month by a China government ministry.

The number of newly registered vehicles in China dropped from 36.7 million in 2021, the Traffic Management Bureau of China’s Ministry of Public Security indicated in a Jan. 11 press release. The number remained above totals of 33.3 million in 2020 and 32.1 million in 2019.

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The new registrations total included 23.2 million newly registered passenger cars and trucks, which was a 11% drop from 26.2 million.

Registrations of new motorcycles were on the upswing last year, rising 13% to 11.3 million, compared to 10 million in 2021.

The total number of passenger cars and trucks in China reached 319 million, a 6% increase, accounting for 77% of all motor vehicles in the country. The number of motorcycles in in China rose 7% to 80.7 million in 2022, accounting for 19% of all motor vehicles in the country.

Registrations of new energy vehicles in the country jumped 78% to 5.4 million.  In China, pure electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid vehicles and fuel cell vehicles fall under the new energy vehicle umbrella.

China’s new energy vehicle parc reached 13 million, rising 69% from 7.8 million. Such vehicles accounted for 4% of China’s total vehicle parc at the end of 2022, compared to 3% a year earlier.

In 2022, 84 cities across the country each had more than 1 million cars, the ministry noted, an increase from 79 cities in 2021. Thirty-nine cities had more than 2 million cars, and 21 had more than 3 million vehicles.

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