Chinese Environmental Policies Hampering Supercar Sales

New environmental legislation in China is hampering the sale and deliveries of high-end supercars.

Under new legislation, low volume vehicles from the likes of McLaren and others have to be retested in the country to ensure they conform to emissions limits after 160,000 km (99,419 miles) of driving.

Previously, such cars were exempt from the laws because they typically cover just 5000 km a year but as the nation continues to crack down on emissions and cut pollution, the legislation has been revised to include all cars.

Autocar reports that customer deliveries of the McLaren 720S in China have been pushed back by about two months due to the changes. Additionally, the 570S Spider will arrive in the country later than expected.

In addition to McLaren, both Morgan and Ariel have said they are affected by the changes but believe their vehicles will meet the updated Chinese regulations. The Financial Times also reports that a small number of Lamborghinis are affected.


  • Six Thousand Times

    So, can I get a Macca that some Chinois ordered but can’t have now for like, 99% off?

  • Six_Tymes

    good thing they blacked out (made very dark) the front end on the 720, it hides the ugly head lights a bit

    • Zandit75

      Agreed, I’m not liking the new 720 at all.

  • Auf Wiedersehen
    • Infinite1

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  • Auto

    Why don’t they get rid of those smoggy factories, ban cars in the city centers and start planting trees. That will help.

    • Infinite1


  • Infinite1

    The Chinese government needs to start shutting down factories, limit the amount of waste that each company can spell out, and start citing and charging companies who don’t follow environmental policies. Limiting supercar sells won’t help much if these factories are still around.

  • nastinupe

    Is this article satire? I feel like it needs to be in the Onion.

    • BGM

      Right? When I saw *Chinese Environmental Policies* I knew I was in for a laugh. Wasn’t disappointed!

  • Zed68

    I’m sorry, what ????

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