China: The Chinese government has stopped the production of 533 car models that do not meet fuel efficiency standards. The rule went into effect as of 1 January 2018, according to the China Vehicle Technology Service Centre.
A few of the vehicle models include those from joint ventures such as Beijing Benz Automotive, FAW-Volkswagen, and Chery. These automakers might be able to restart production lines again—although it is not certain how soon it will be—if they meet fuel consumption targets.
Before the ban on vehicles with non-efficient fuel consumption went into effect, there were signs the crackdown was looming. Regulators in China announced in December 2017 that they would gradually impose stricter emissions standards on new vehicles.
To overcome this hurdle, automakers in China need to look into producing vehicles with more efficient engines, hybrid vehicles as well as pure electric cars. The country is facing a serious threat of air pollution, hence its aggressiveness in pursuing environmentally friendly vehicles.
The Chinese government has also voiced that they will eventually ban all vehicles that rely on fossil fuel. To incentivise their vision, the government has recently extended its electric vehicle tax credits through 2020. Other countries, such as Norway and the United Kingdom, plan to phase out the sale of fossil fuel vehicles completely between 2025 and 2040.