Alan Harman


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

Proton Credits China’s Geely With Raising Quality
The Malaysian automaker says results of an audit performed by Geely, using an assessment system based on its Swedish subsidiary Volvo’s global scoring criteria, demonstrates the effectiveness of the partnership formed last June.
Rolls-Royce, Tech Startup to Work on Better Battery
The supercapacitors under development may be able to charge much faster than lithium-ion batteries. This could see electric vehicles fully charged within a few minutes.
Chinese Automaker Joins Hydrogen Technology Council
The Hydrogen Council, launched in 2017 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is a global CEO initiative to foster the role of hydrogen technologies in the global energy transition.
Audi Brussels Plant Claims Environmental Honor
Rudiger Recknagel, head of environmental protection, says Audi in 2014 was the first premium manufacturer to measure its carbon-dioxide footprint and have it certified.
Conglomerate Seeks Control of Automaker Perodua
“The proposals will allow UMW to increase its strategic stake in Perodua, which continues to be the leading marque in Malaysia with successful recent launches,” UMW says in a filing with Bursa Malaysia, the Malaysian stock exchange.
Mazda, Partners to Develop Li-ion Starter Batteries
The plan is to develop durable, heat- and impact-resistant 12-volt Li-ion batteries as a replacement for lead-acid starter batteries in motor vehicles by 2021.
Autonomous Cars in Spotlight at London Motor Show
Show Chairman Alec Mumford says the interactive zones follow show visitors’ feedback indicating such elements at events are increasingly sought after and valued.
Oz Tests Cite Continued Problems With VW Diesels 1
The Australian Automobile Assn.’s real-world tests show Volkswagen may have found a way to reduce levels of some noxious emissions but as a result, fuel consumption increased.
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.

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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