China plans to implement the State IV emissions standards for commercial vehicles by the end of 2014, according to Yao Jie, vice secretary-general of China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), reported cvc home.com.
Unqualified fuel remains the biggest obstacle for the implementation of the new standards, said Yao. Oil tycoons such as PetroChina and Sinopec are expected to provide State IV emissions standards-compliant diesel fuel to the whole country by the end of 2014, and the new standards will be implemented nationwide by then, said Yao.
The implementation of the Stae IV emissions standards has been postponed for several times since its announcement. By July 1, 2013, only 19 regions including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Urumchi and Lanzhou had strictly implemented the new standards.
Dealers of Beiqi-Foton, China National Heavy-Duty Truck, Dongfeng Motor and Shaanxi Heavy-Duty Truck cut prices to empty their inventories of State III products at the end of 2013.
According to industry insiders, sales of heavy-duty trucks would be boosted if the State IV emissions standards are implemented in the middle of 2014. However, sales after the implementation would remain uncertain, said the insiders.