In China, the meanings of cars

In China, different cars mean different things, and sometimes they have different consequences. That peasant-driven speeding dump truck with its headlights off at night is not going to stop for that red light. And if you don’t know what a black Audi with tinted windows *means*, you’d better find out. So here’s a helpful article:

In China, Car Brands Evoke an Unexpected Set of Stereotypes
“Audi is still the de facto car for government officials,” said Wang Zhi, a Beijing taxi driver who has been plying the capital’s gridlocked streets for 18 years. “It’s always best to yield to an Audi — you never know who you’re messing with, but chances are it’s someone self-important.”

And of course there’s lots more on traffic in China:

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