China's Geely and Sweden's Volvo to join hands on vehicle research work

Geely Chairman Li Shufu. Photo: Xinhua

Geely is to build a research centre with Volvo Cars in Volvo's home country, Sweden, the first time a mainland carmaker has moved its research and development work overseas.

Thursday, 21 February, 2013, 6:07am

Vehicle owners can't shirk their responsibility in polluter-pays society

People cover their noses on a street in Mong Kok as the air pollution index of the roadside air monitoring station reached 175. Photo: Nora Tam

With the chief executive's policy address approaching, discussions abound that the government may take a "carrot and stick" approach to combat Hong Kong's notorious roadside pollution - by limiting the number of old commercial diesel vehicles allowed on our roads and subsidising the cost of replacement vehicles.

15 Jan 2013 - 3:41am 3 comments

Beijing car buyers may be forced to reserve parking spaces

Heavy traffic in Beijing. Photo: Simon Song

Beijing residents might soon have to reserve a parking space before they can buy a car, the city’s traffic administration authorities said on Wednesday.

Beijing traffic official Pan Bo told a government website that obtaining a parking licence to purchase a vehicle “was a future trend”. A parking space would also have to be properly installed, he added.

31 Oct 2012 - 5:47pm 1 comment

Air pollution in Hong Kong from ships and vehicles gets worse

Students cover their nose to avoid emissions from vehicles as they cross Yee Wo Street in Causeway Bay. Photo: Nora Tam

Roadside air quality and marine-related air pollution have worsened even though the city has achieved its overall clean-air targets under a joint scheme with Guangdong province.

27 Apr 2015 - 3:30pm 6 comments

Mainland car sales up for third month

The mainland's car industry may have turned the corner with an increase in sales for the third straight month in May that could offset the slowdown in January and February.

Analysts, however, said a new round of tax cuts on Tuesday for energy-saving vehicles was unlikely to boost growth any further.

7 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

A U-turn on the road to the American dream

For the first time in over two decades, I am no longer a driver. Faced with spiking petrol prices and a prospective bill for much-needed repairs, I finally donated my Toyota Corolla to an organisation that takes care of orphans.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Cross-border cars will only worsen pollution

Early last year, officials said that the proposal to increase the first registration tax on private cars was aimed at tackling air pollution. Legislators who didn't initially support the idea had to be convinced that the financial burden on new car owners was a small price to pay for reducing the health burden of the community.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Police boost fleet of electric bikes

The government has ordered 11 electric motorcycles for the police and the Water Supplies Department to promote wider use of the vehicles, which cut fuel costs by half.

The move follows a year-long trial in which police used electric-powered Brammo motorcycles on the streets of Hong Kong. They have now extended the pilot scheme and added 10 more bikes to their fleet.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland car sales climb 6.3pc on year

Passenger cars sales on the mainland continued to grow at a modest single-digit pace last month, according to preliminary data.

9 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

The Road Ahead

WE KNOW cars are bad for the environment, sitting in traffic jams is a pain and the price of petrol is obscene. But despite what you may hope, cars are here to stay. The feel of cruising down a road is incomparable, and no matter how good public transport gets, 'people will want their own journeys,' says Dale Harrow, Professor of Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art in London.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Polluting cars

About eight out of 10 people in a study say they support a ban on drivers leaving their vehicle engines idling. Do you back the ban and is the proposed HK$320 fine for idling offences high enough? Write to us.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm

Mainland car sales rise 24pc as incomes grow

Car sales in the mainland rose 23.8 per cent in the first three quarters from the previous year as rising incomes helped fuel sales, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Third front likely as trade war escalates

Businesses manufacturing for export in the mainland had better prepare themselves. An unlikely alliance of big western corporations, trades unions and environmental campaign groups is likely to open a third front in the United States' and Europe's continuing trade war against the mainland.

13 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Consumption tax drives down margin at Great Wall Motor

Great Wall Motor, the mainland's largest maker of pick-up trucks and sport utility vehicles, posted first-half profit of 406 million yuan, up 10.6 per cent from a year earlier and in line with analysts' estimates. Turnover reached 3.3 billion yuan, a gain of 32.8 per cent.

28 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

How it works

The Environmental Protection Department says it has obtained 100 per cent accuracy from its emission-detecting system by placing two sets of sensors 10 metres apart. The department said California had adopted the same method, which it calls a dual remote sensing unit, and put it into practice this year.

2 Mar 2007 - 12:00am