Private cars jump to 1st place as preferred means of transport in China; protection against infection

Posted: April 5, 2020 by oldbrew in research, Travel

Shanghai, China aerial view over Yan’an Elevated Highway. [click on image to enlarge]


The car industry is under big pressure right now, but there could be a lot of new buyers in the pipeline, regardless of wailing climate obsessives. The study finds: “Due to the epidemic, people will rethink how they move around in the future.” Whether they opt for electric or fuel-powered models remains to be seen, but at the ‘entry-level’ mentioned here electric cars lose out on the key cost factor.

In a recent study by the market research institute Ipsos, two out of three respondents say that they prefer their own car to public transport—twice as many as before the COVID-19 outbreak, reports Green Car Congress.

At the end of February, Ipsos asked 1,620 Chinese citizens about their mobility preferences, and the fear of the coronavirus in changing their habits.

Private cars jumped from 3rd to 1st place in terms of preferred means of transport, while buses and metros lost ground to a similar extent.

Individually driven two-wheelers, on the other hand, maintained second place. The consulting firm Kantar came to similar conclusions as the Ipsos study.

“Due to the epidemic, people will rethink how they move around in the future,” says a study on the consequences of the corona situation for the Chinese industry. This could increase the desire to buy a car.

One of the key findings of the Ipsos study: Two-thirds of all respondents who do not currently own a vehicle want to buy a car within six months.

For three out of four first-time buyers, protection against infection is a key reason for their purchase intention. In the ranking of purchase arguments, health is thus clearly ahead of motives such as being family-friendly or flexibility.

According to studies, around 80% of all vehicles in the Chinese entry-level segment go to customers who are buying a car for the first time in their lives.

After a deep plunge in February, the Chinese car market is currently showing signs of recovery.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. ivan says:

    I would imagine they will be ICE cars for two simple reasons 1) most people don’t have private parking where they could charge EVs, 2) ICE based cars are cheaper both to buy and run.

    Taking those reasons into consideration it boggles the mind as to why governments would want to push expensive EVs on the travelling public.

  2. ren says:

    “The initial results are excellent so that the admissions in the intensive care unit have been reduced, with shortened hospital stays and radiological and clinical responses that I would dare to define as spectacular. We believe that COVID therapy for pneumonia is corticosteroid therapy at the onset of pneumonia at the stage that we consider mild, particularly in febrile patients from the first week and with analytical abnormalities. Initiating anti-inflammatory therapy prior to the development of severe pneumonia, covering the period of time in which the patient can worsen corticosteroid therapy”

    “The OMS made a contraindicated mistake in the use of corticosteroids in patients with COVID infection 19. In this way, this therapy is postponed until a very serious situation in which the therapy is much less effective. Soon we will have data on all this and we will disseminate it but we will disseminate this information inviting you to try this treatment on the patients that I anticipate. Infection Does Not Kill Them Kills The Inflammatory Reaction To Macrophage Activated Infection”

    ” What we propose and are carrying out with the excellent initial results, ” he continues, “ is to start corticotherapy on the sixth day of the onset of symptoms, keeping it until day 12 so that this inflammatory phase is prevented, that is, the patient who is developing Small infiltrates in chest radiography are at risk of evolving into a distress without our being able to predict which patients will have this evolution or which patients will evolve favorably.
    https://www.elperiodicodeaqui.com/epda-noticias/el-hospital-doctor-peset-de-valencia-aplica–con-mucho-exito–en-pacientes-con-coronavirus-una-terapia-antiinflamatoria-con-corticoides/207638

  3. oldbrew says:

    In addition to electric vehicles, GM is maintaining its focus on the introduction of luxury vehicles as well as midsize/large SUVs and MPVs—the segments with the strongest increase in customer demand.

    https://www.greencarcongress.com/2020/04/20200405-gmchina.html

    Punters not worried about the climate.

  4. Gamecock says:

    ‘protection against infection’

    And terrorism.

    Concentrating people makes targets of them.

  5. Jim says:

    In a chem/bio incident the modern vehicle improve your chances only by a factor of 80 percent. No modern vehicle has a outside air cutoff anymore. There is outside air drawn in of 20%. So find yourself an oldford or Chevy pickup, they had vents that could seal off the inside of the vehicle.

  6. stpaulchuck says:

    so wait now… cramming people into Urban Monads (“The World Inside”), buses, subways, and commuter trains tends to amplify deadly outbreaks?? Gee, who knew?

    I’ll take my outer ring suburbs thank you very much.

  7. Paul Vaughan says:

    Gamecock (April 6, 2020 at 12:07 pm) wrote
    =
    ‘protection against infection’

    And terrorism.

    Concentrating people makes targets of them.
    =

    …and right now a TREMENDOUS number of people are being CONCENTRATED in unemployment, facing homelessness and food shortages.

    Hmmm…. what nefarious purposes could mobilizers possibly think of for an angry mob …and angry on HIGH moral ground because society DROPPED them to favor a select 3.5% of the population.

    All the neglect is a BIG problem. Priorities need to start switching — and fast. The dairy industry is already dumping milk even though there’s a shortage of dairy products on grocery store shelves. People do NOT understand domino chain impacts — and this is all dead simple and TOTALLY predictable.

    What we have is a HOSTAGE situation — a MONSTROUS hostage situation.

    The terrorist recruiters are going to have a field day because so many people are infuriated by the baseball bat that was taken to civil liberties with an overbearingly rude vengeance. It’s dangerous — and it’s the governments’ fault (worldwide at all levels) for assigning the priorities all wrong. The top priority was nowhere on any governments’ radar.

    The “free” world caved. My naivety about the west’s willingness to stand up for freedom has been cured.

    from the dairy article:

    “[…] said she too, has been forced to start dumping her milk supply because processing plants are at capacity.

    “Watching your hard work literally go down the drain is heart-wrenching. The wasted product represents our livelihood and the massive amount of hard work that takes place year-round to produce it,” she said […]”

  8. Gamecock says:

    You’ll get no takers, Paul. You are not wrong, but you’ll find no support for civil rights during a pandemic. People take their survival as top priority.

  9. Paul Vaughan says:

    Only the wealthy have the extreme luxury to direct all-or-nothing response.
    This is the first recognition of real need for balance I’ve seen in msm — appeared today:

    “Restrictions that are causing economic harm may well be lifted before those that are causing mild inconveniences to daily routines, if their effect on the virus’ spread is believed to be similar.”

    Beating people into silence about shortages during the winter of 2020/21 will make the outcome orders of magnitude worse. The wise course is for the public to widely imagine deep aftermath sting now, the same as we do with nuclear deterrence. This would help steer sober response into due balance. The problem with the present leadership is drunken failure to regard prevention of stinging aftermath as necessary. Failing to prevent a predictably stinging aftermath is not acceptable.

  10. Paul Vaughan says:

    Here’s what I suggest:
    a term-limit of 8 years on civil service jobs.
    every citizen is guaranteed a civil service job in their own neighborhood (work from home perhaps) for 8 years of their life so we can get more humane representation — we may even learn to love government.

    Technocracy is causing unbearable psychological and financial terrorism.
    At the present juncture reform all the way to the deepest roots appears strictly imperative to cure ice-cold technocratic imbalance. These people are too dangerous to be left in control.