Chinese Cities Curb Car Sales

With congestion and pollution growing, Guangzhou sets quotas
There are 2.4 million cars in Guangzhou but fewer than 800,000 parking spaces

In three years as a car salesman, Rooney Chen had never pulled an all-nighter. Then came June 30. At 9 p.m. that Saturday, after all 57 showrooms at the huge Race Course Automall in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou had already closed, the municipal government announced that to rein in congestion and air pollution it would cap the number of new vehicle registrations at about half of last year’s total and suspend new registrations for July—effective midnight. Caught by surprise, car retailers recalled their staff to sell to hundreds of buyers packing the sprawling collection of dealerships the size of four soccer fields.

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