The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) will tighten rules on fuel efficiency for passenger vehicles and carmakers that fail to meet the new requirements risk being eased out of the market or acquired by other players, the National Business Daily reported Thursday. According to an NDRC survey, nearly 80 percent of the carmakers have yet to qualify for the fuel efficiency standards for 2015. An unnamed official of a domestic automaker said the regulator is believed to be formulating penalty measures, which may include production or sales limits for companies that fail to meet the requirements. The NDRC said in March that the fuel efficiency of domestic passenger cars must not be higher than 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers by 2015 and 5 liters per 100 km by 2020. As of the end of 2012, the average fuel efficiency in China is 7.4 liters per 100 km, the report said.
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