Xinhuanet. Beijing added 147,000 new cars in the first five months of 2005, increasing the total car population in the city to 2.41 million.
While it took 48 years for the number of vehicles in Beijing to reach one million, it only took six years for it to add another million.
Earlier this month, the Beijing municipal government issued a transportation development plan, saying that the city would have 5 million automobiles by 2020, which means nearly every family would have a car.
In order to deal with the coming intense traffic, the plan vows to build more highways and roads, encourages citizens to take buses and subways and recommends constructing more parking lots.