China's Soccer Moms Want SUVs, Too

Sales of sport utilities are growing three times faster than cars
A Beijing billboard touts the virtues of a Jeep SUV Photograph by Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

Zhou Na, a 37-year-old Beijing mother, knows firsthand why sport utility vehicles are the fastest-growing segment in the world’s biggest automobile market: kids. “I have to drive my kid around practically nonstop on Saturday,” says Zhou, who ferries her 8-year-old son to the Children’s Palace of Beijing for kung fu and English classes on weekends before joining friends for yoga. “It’s pretty tiring, but I feel very good driving my BMW X5 around.”

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