Agence France-PresseApril 18, 2014 02:50
When accountant Ariel Wang bought a new car a few weeks ago, environmental protection was far from her mind even though smog has reached crisis levels in China's commercial hub Shanghai.
She settled on a sturdy sport utility vehicle, the Audi Q5, as the ideal family car for her husband's daily commute to work and transport for her young daughter at the weekends.
"We didn't really think about environmental protection, as long as the car's emissions aren't too high," she said.
"Look at it this way -- whether we use a car or a taxi, it's the same effect."