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  • Dec 28, 2014
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Sport Utility Vehicle

Beijing proposes eightfold rise in vehicle tax for gas guzzlers

The mainland has launched draft legislation proposing to increase vehicle taxes up to eightfold on big-engine passenger cars in a move to curb soaring demand for gas-guzzling luxury cars and SUVs.

Saturday, 30 October, 2010, 12:00am

SUV boss geared up for Sichuan rescue

When the international media arrived in Chengdu, Sichuan, after the earthquake last year, one of the first things they looked for was off-road vehicles to take them into the quake zone. They found Lao Chuan (meaning 'old Sichuan'), who is co-owner of the Chuan Shan Jia 4x4 Sports Club. It caters to people looking to take adventurous trips into Yunnan, Tibet and Qinghai.

26 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Get out of my way

Enjoying the fruits of financial success has practical benefits. There are plenty of more sensible, cheaper SUV wagons, but none says 'I've made it' - while carrying an extended family in comfort - like a Mercedes-Benz GL500 does.

23 Jun 2007 - 12:00am


Come with me to Fitzjohn's Avenue in the leafy and well-upholstered north London suburb of Hampstead just before 9am, or a little after 3pm, on a weekday and witness a scene of mayhem.

Here, there is a concentration of expensive private primary schools, and the vehicle of choice in which to ferry precious Olivia or Oliver is invariably an immense, powerful, gas-guzzling SUV.

7 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Great Wall Auto in bid to boost output

Carmaker plans to issue A shares to raise 2.8b yuan for factory expansion

Great Wall Automobile Holding, the mainland's largest private carmaker, plans to spend 2.8 billion yuan to more than double its production capacity by early 2007.

7 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Driven to hate

If there is one thing that could turn me from a mild-mannered, law-abiding citizen to a crazed urban guerilla, it is four-wheel-drive vehicles. Here in Australia, they are everywhere: not where they should be, in the bush, hauling logs and pulling cows out of bogs, but crowding the streets of cities and suburbs.

23 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Collisions: same size, same risk

I refer to William Telfer's letter headlined 'Give us back our streets' (February 2).

26 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Rocker pitches with abandon at all and sundry

THE Rocker has been put on the couch. Baseball has called in the shrinks to determine whether loud-mouth Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker is in fact unhinged.

16 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Insurers' brake on utility cars

From the commercial birth of the automobile in the 1920s, Americans have always subscribed to the thesis that you are what you drive. And that, in most cases, has meant driving big. The heyday of the huge gas-guzzling 'house on wheels' came in the 60s and 70s, when parking spaces were plentiful and petrol was as cheap as Pepsi.

19 Oct 1997 - 12:00am