Private cars were almost non-existant in 94 but now they are everywhere. My wife never even saw a taxi when she was growing up in the 70's but by 94 there were lots of them. Now the private car is taking over and many middle class have their own car (yes, there are middle and upper class in this "socialist" country). Most of the cars are made by what are called "joint venture" automobile manufacturers. They are companies like GM or VW who chose to build their cars in China but 51% of the joint venture company is owned by the Chinese government. Cars by VW, GM, Audi, Honda, and Toyota are built in China. Cost of these cars are similar to prices in the US. Import cars are very expensive as the gov taxes them 100% and more. I've seen the following imported cars: Mercedes are the most common followed by BMW. I've seen a handful of Cadilacs and about half as many Lincolns. I saw one BMW two-seat sports car. A couple of years back I saw a H1 Hummer and this last trip I saw an H2. Never seen a Harley or any kind of "classic" automobiles. This last trip I saw my first motor-home in China. It was a smaller version built on a nice sized chassis with a diesel engine.
NO ONE DRIVES A PICKUP TRUCK !! It's hard to believe after living in the US where everyone (including myself) seems to have a pickup truck - they almost don't exist in China. I've seen some mid-sized crew cab pickups in China but these seem to all be owned by utility companies. They also have a huge bus that has a rear bed so it's like a super crew cab and it is also used by work crews. On this last trip, I did see one crew cab pickup that did seem to be owned privately, but it may have just been an unmarked company vehicle. On my first trip, I saw a toyota pickup in Wuhan that had a US licence plate on it so it must have been owned by a US worker living in China.
There are plenty of "black taxi's" in China. These are private vehicles that the owner uses as a taxi without paying the tax to become an official taxi. They are easily spotted sitting along the road waiting for someone to hire them. They will actively solicit your business.
Gas prices are running about $2.50 per gallon when converted from their price per liter. They HAVE NOT seen a reduction in prices over the last several months like we have (they don't have an upcoming election).