The number of motor vehicles in China hit 217 million as of the end of June, including nearly 98.46 million automobiles and 102 million motorcycles, according to a statement released by the the Ministry of Public Security on Tuesday.
A recently concluded auto show had no dancing girls, no ear-splitting music - not even much of an audience bustling through the exhibition hall.
China and Iran will sign a $4 billion contract for development of an underground transport system in Iran, according to Iran's state television, Reuters reported.
China's fourth-largest automaker, Chang'an Automobile Group, said on Monday that its joint venture with Europe's second-largest automaker, PSA Peugeot Citroen, was approved by the National Development and Reform Commission.
Dong Yu, a resident of the city of Changchun in northeast China's Jilin Province, was dazzled by the large quantity of discount offers posted in a local exhibition hall where an ongoing international auto expo has attracted hundreds of automotive brands from home and abroad.
For China's auto industry to become more advanced it must break through the talent shortage bottleneck to boost technological innovation, experts said at an auto expo being held in the northeastern province of Jilin.
A second-hand Volkswagen Bora is on sale in Beijing for 210,000 yuan ($32,308), more than double the price of a new model, because of strict limits on car purchases in the capital.
The stunning growth of the world's largest auto market over the past two years has created some serious problems: grid-lock, pollution and energy shortages.
Used car market in turmoil
Luxury carmaker BMW hiked its profit target for the year thanks to booming sales in China.
As parts supplies recover and production is back on track, Japan's carmakers have regained sales momentum three months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.
China's railways transported nearly 910 million passengers during the first half of the year, up 12.2 percent from the same period in 2010, the Ministry of Railways announced Sunday.
Despite a slowdown this year, the Chinese auto market may triple in size over the next 10 years, said a senior member of an influential government think tank.