The total number of motor vehicles for civilian use reached 64.67 million (including 14.92 million tri-wheel motor vehicles and low-speed trucks) by the end of 2008, up 13.5 percent, of which private-owned vehicles numbered 41.73 million, up 18.1 percent. The total number of cars for civilian use stood at 24.38 million, up by 24.5 percent, of which private-owned cars numbered 19.47 million, up by 28.0 percent.Also note production statistics: 9.35 million total motor vehicles produced in 2008, of which 5 million were cars.
It appears that that the detailed data is not yet available in the online statistical yearbooks.
I'll have a lot more to say about these numbers over the next few days. But if anyone wants to start crunching your own numbers, here's some good tables to start with:
NBS data on possession of civil vehicles through 2006
NBS data on possession of private vehicles through 2006