All new motor vehicles registered in Shanghai must now meet Euro 2 emission standards. The introduction of the standard last month was two years ahead of the national timetable. Shanghai introduced Euro 1 standards for new vehicles in 1999, though older vehicles are exempt.
Shanghai Automotive Industries, the country's second largest carmaker which has joint ventures with Volkswagen and General Motors, said that all its vehicles already met the standard. However, local media reported that this was not the case with all models produced by other makers, including China's largest private carmaker Geely Group, which plans to start exporting cars to several developing countries later this year.