(Yicai Global) Dec. 29 -- China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has ordered car makers to cease production of vehicles that don't meet fuel consumption requirements for passenger cars from Jan. 1.
The move will affect 553 models, China Vehicle Technology Service Center said online.
China has endeavored to combat its environmental troubles this year. The Ministry of Environmental Protection named and shamed local officials who failed to meet pollution reduction targets this week and one of the country's largest cities, Shenzhen, plans to make its taxi fleet all-electric by 2020.
The cull will impact a number of China-foreign joint ventures and their respective brands, mostly imposing manufacturing cuts at
FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co. (Volkswagen, Audi)
Dongfeng Motor Co. (Nissan, Infiniti)
Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Co. (Peugeot, Citroen)
Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Co. (Volkswagen, Skoda)
SAIC General Motors Corp. Ltd. (Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac)
Beijing Benz Automotive Co. (Mercedes-Benz).