Alan Harman


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

Asian Safety Group Looks Into Blindspot Technologies 1
The World Health Organization reports 2- or 3-wheel motorcyclists account for 34% of the traffic fatalities in the ASEAN region. This compares with car driver/occupant and light vehicles with 16%, pedestrians at 13% and cyclists 3%.
Takata Recall Repair Rate Vexes NZ Auto Industry
At the end of February, there were about 320,000 new and used vehicles in New Zealand affected by the Takata recall process. The owners of about two-thirds had received recall notices, but only 134,000 had been bought in.
Old-School Lock Thwarts Electronic Vehicle Tampering
Bob Lycoudis, a retired Australian police officer with long experience in investigating car thefts, created Cop-Lock, a mechanical locking device that attaches to the brake or clutch pedal. The downside is it does not work with all vehicles.
PSA Group Sets Up Automaking Venture in Malaysia
France’s PSA Group and Naza Corporation Holdings’ Naza Automotive Mfg. will jointly produce PSA-branded cars for Malaysia and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations markets.
Malaysia Turns to India’s Tata to Upgrade Automaking
Second International Trade and Industry Minister Ong Ka Chuan says working with Tata is the next step for Malaysia after linking up with China to keep the country's automotive industry on a strong footing.
BMW, China’s Great Wall Negotiating Joint Venture
For BMW, the next steps will be to agree with Great Wall on the details of a possible JV and cooperation agreement and to clarify issues such as the production location and concrete investments.
Australia Recalls Remaining Vehicles With Takata Airbags
The compulsory recall places requirements on automakers, dealers, importers and other suppliers to ensure Takata airbags are located and replaced as quickly as possible.
Study Downgrades Cars’ Contribution to VOC Pollution 
A research team led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin. says the amount of VOCs emitted by consumer and industrial products is two or three times greater than estimated by current air-pollution inventories, which also overestimate vehicular sources.
GM Holden Underlines Commodore’s Oz Bloodlines
For GM Holden Lead Dynamics Engineer Rob Trubiani, who has been responsible for the way Commodores drive for the past 22 years, this time around presented a critical assignment – making sure the German import felt like a true Aussie Commodore.
Fastest Street-Legal Lotus Sports Car Unveiled
Upgraded for the 3-Eleven 430, the supercharged and charge-cooled 3.5L V-6 produces 430 hp and 325 lb.-ft. of torque, powering the sports car from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Its top speed of 180 mph is up from 174 mph achieved by the previous version.
Hungry Bug Raises Stink in New Zealand Import Market
The industry says vehicle supply is expected to come under pressure, initially after three car carriers were ordered out of New Zealand waters and a fourth vessel voluntarily diverted because of the would-be invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug.
Autonomous Vehicles: A Lighter Shade of Green?
University of Michigan and Ford researchers say the added weight, electricity demand and aerodynamic drag of the sensors and computers used in autonomous vehicles contribute significantly to their lifetime energy use and greenhouse-gas emissions.
Ireland Center to Augment JLR Engineering in U.K.
Working alongside JLR’s engineering team in the U.K., the Shannon facility will develop new technologies to support electrification and self-driving features on future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.
Rolls-Royce SUV Named for World’s Biggest Diamond
The Cullinan is the second Rolls-Royce, after the Phantom, to ride on the automaker’s all-new proprietary aluminum spaceframe it calls Architecture of Luxury. Eventually the next Ghost, Wraith and Dawn also will use this architecture.
GM Holden Commodore Awarded Top Safety Rating
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program safety rating is based on testing conducted by Euro NCAP on the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia in 2017. The Commodore shares its structure with that of the Insignia supplied to Europe.

Mar 8, 2018

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

Masashi Hakariya, project manager-engine development at Toyota, accepts award for Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


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