Alan Harman

Alan
Harman
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

Alan writes about the auto industry in Australia and New Zealand, as well as other Asia/Pacific and emerging markets.

Articles
Malaysian Automaker Proton Partner Still Unknown
Ong Ka Chuan, Second Minister-International Trade and Industry, says Proton is expected to announce its foreign strategic partner in May, but he declines to name the successful suitor.
Report: Oz Car Buyers’ Online Research Peaks Early
Roy Morgan Research says the incidence of checking vehicle prices and features online grows steadily, but more than one in four new-car buyers don’t do research online until their purchase is most imminent.
Hyundai Joins U.K. Low-Emissions-Vehicle Initiative
Hyundai joins Audi, BMW, Kia, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen in a consortium of vehicle manufacturers committed to raising public awareness of ultra-low-emissions cars and vans in the U.K.
Thai Sales Erupt From Slump With 19.9% February Gain 
The February result left the 2-month total up 15.4% from like-2016 at 125,689 units. Car sales were up 37.2% at 46,930 units and CVs were ahead 5.4% at 78,759.
U.K. Event Gives Suppliers Face Time With Automakers
The event, coordinated by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the Department for International Trade’s Automotive Investment Organization, matches purchasers from automakers and Tier 1 suppliers with component makers in one-on-one meetings.
Experts Envision More Ride Sharing, Fewer Drivers
By 2050, 70% of survey respondents believe, the majority of vehicles used commercially for ride- and car-sharing in the U.S. will be zero-emissions, including battery, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell electric vehicles.
Malaysia February Sales, Builds Up By Double Digits 
After starting the year in a hole with January sales falling 31% from prior-month, February deliveries pushed the year-to-date result up 5.6% to 87,122 units.
U.K. Government, Auto Industry Gather to Talk Tech
A bill now pending in a House of Commons committee is designed to help position the U.K. as a global destination for the development of ultra-low-emissions and connected and autonomous vehicles.
Oz Insurer Recommends Repairers Use Authentic Parts
The move by Insurance Australia Group means “we are a step closer to safer roads, safer cars, better repairs and the best in quality parts for Australian drivers,” Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries Tony Weber says.
U.K.-Chinese JV Lands Funding for EV Production, R&D 1
The companies are investing $1.8 billion in the final homologation phase of their SP:01 sports car and the start of volume production later this year, creating 120 engineering jobs and 100 manufacturing jobs.
JLR Begins Expansion of Design, Engineering Center
The development at Gaydon, 90 miles northwest of London, is intended to become one of the world’s foremost automotive product, engineering and design sites, underscoring the automaker’s plans for global growth.
Oz Scientists Tout New Carbon-Fiber-Making Process
Carbon fiber is far stronger than steel and just a fraction of its weight. But it’s expensive to make and its price means auto-industry use is restricted to luxury models and race cars.
London Event to Feature Cars Embodying Lap of Luxury
Organizers will be curating 80 cars ranging from the latest supercars to legends of Formula One and Le Mans. Displayed alongside the luxury vehicles will be items from a range of other luxury-goods makers.
Aspiring Apprentices Flock to Honda U.K. Program
The 4-year program comprising on-the-job training and class-based learning this year attracted the most applications since its introduction in 1999. It has produced more than 170 apprentices since then.
Road Turning Bumpy for Drop in U.K. CO2 Emissions
The U.K. has Europe’s largest market for zero-emissions-capable cars, accounting for 23.8% of electric and plug-in hybrid sales in the European Union in 2016, but AFV sales growth slowed from 40.3% in 2015 to 22.2% last year.
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