China imposes extra tax on ultra-luxury cars

Dhaka,  Sat,  03 December 2016
Published : 01 Dec 2016, 11:39:19

China imposes extra tax on ultra-luxury cars

China has introduced an additional 10 per cent tax on "super cars", including Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin, and Rolls-Royce, the BBC reports on Thursday.

The tax, affecting cars that cost more than 1.3 million yuan ($189,000), is aimed at curbing lavish spending and reducing emissions, authorities said.

It is part of a wider effort by Chinese authorities against flashy demonstrations of wealth, which has already hit other luxury brands.

China is a key market for high-end carmakers.

Automakers have in recent years increasingly tailored their luxury models to appeal to Chinese buyers.

Both Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin are planning to release SUV models in the next year, seen as a response to a Chinese preference for large cars over sports vehicles.

"In order to guide rational consumption, and promote energy-saving emission reductions, the state Council has approved an additional consumption levy on ultra-luxury cars," a statement by the Ministry of Finance said.

The tax goes into effect on Thursday, although observers say it is unlikely to be a major deterrent for the super rich.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has made a campaign against corruption a centrepiece of his governing agenda, and has cracked down on luxury spending as part of that.

- TM
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