In December, China’s government banned vehicles from its largest cities that could exceed a certain speed limit.
The move came after the country’s carmakers had already come under fire for using emissions from the vehicles to create misleading claims about the emissions of their products.
The ban did not apply to Chinese luxury brands, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Porsche, but the government did say that other cars on the road could not exceed a maximum speed of 40km/h, up from the maximum speed limit of 50km/hs.
The new law also said that the use of the term “excessive speed” in advertising for vehicles could lead to fines of up to 1.5 million yuan ($16,000) and a fine of 2 million yuan for a company with fewer than 25 employees.
It also prohibited any vehicle from being registered with the government, and banned the sale of a vehicle that has already been registered with a company for the first time.
“If the speed limit for Chinese vehicles is set at 40kmh, we will take care to increase the speed,” said a ministry official.
China is now the fourth largest market for luxury brands in the world after the United States, Japan, and Germany.