Chinese Restrictions on New Car Purchases Tighten as Citizens Cough, Wheeze

Combatting what some have dubbed the Great Smog of China, the leadership of the Red Nation has announced that it is increasing the number of cities where auto purchases will be restricted. In these cities, only card-carrying members of the Ruling Class will be allowed to purchase cars whenever they’d like. Experts believe this will result in a temporary jump in vehicle sales in impacted areas, but will lead to a long-term decline in domestic auto sales.

Eight cities that are going to start limiting car purchases are Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Tianjin and Wuhan. Additional details of the restrictions, such as when they will be implemented, have not yet been released in a language that I can read.

The Fun, Speedy 2014 Volkswagen Passat Rates 24/35 MPG with New Turbo Engine

The new 2014 Volkswagen Passat will be one fun, speedy ride. It will also, despite sporting a turbo engine, be a relatively fuel-efficient little thing. Featuring a new base engine, a 1.8-liter turbo-four deal that churns out 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, the 2014 Passat is rated 24 miles per gallon in the city and 35 on the highway, better numbers than of the old Passat, 22/33.

The new Passat realizes this improved efficiency through the use of electro-hydraulic steering and a fuel-friendlier engine. VW will also offer this turbo engine in its 2014 Jetta, Beetle, and Golf.