Alan Harman


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

November Result Pushes Oz Sales Past 1 Million Mark 
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries says it expects the full-year result to top 1.1 million units, possibly breaking the record 1,136,227 deliveries set in 2013.
Australia to Follow UN Rules on Vehicle Standards 
The first two regulations in the reform program are UN guidelines on front fog lamps and rear-vision devices.
Toyota Foundation to Recruit Women Into Tech World 
The foundation will draw upon female tech workers’ experiences to promote the rewards of such careers to high school students thinking about what university course to follow.
New Zealand Closing In on Record Year for LV Sales 
Industry data shows with one month of 2014 left, more new commercial vehicles have been sold year-to-date than in any previous year.
Ford Oz Offers Jobs to Sacked GM Holden Engineers 
Ford plans to hire 150 of 200 Melbourne-based GM Holden engineers that will be let go before Christmas.
U.K. Firm Honored for CV, Bus Energy-Recovery System 
Torotrak Group’s Flybrid KERS concept uses fully mechanical technology to store energy from a vehicle’s motion, which can be transferred back to the drive system to power the vehicle.
Australia Senate Vows to Block Auto Industry Aid Cuts 
Supporters of the existing federal-aid program say slashing assistance will scuttle any chance for the industry to diversify after GM Holden, Ford and Toyota end local manufacturing by the end of 2017.
Thailand October Sales Slump 20%; Down 36% on Year 
Toyota Executive Vice President Wutthikorn Suriyachantanano says sales are being impacted by the high burden of household debt and shrinking farm income, reducing consumers’ purchasing power.
Researchers Tout Supercapacitors for EV Power Boost 
Supercapacitors made into a thin film with a high power density could be embedded in an EV’s body panels, roof, doors, hood and floor, storing enough energy to charge the battery in just a few minutes.
U.K. Sees LV, Engine Production Decline in October 
The October build for the home front rose 10.6% to 33,895 units, but this gain was swamped by the much bigger export market, which fell 10.8% to 115,165.
Malaysia Car Sales Flat, CV Sales Slip in October 
Last month’s result left year-to-date LV sales at 546,492 units, up just 0.6% from year-ago’s 543,048.
Thailand Motor Expo Exhibitors Thinking Positive 
Organizer Kwanchai Paphatphong predicts the last big buying event of the year will generate sales of 45,000 to 50,000 vehicles, up from 41,000 in 2013.
Toyota Chief Drives Final Leg of Cross-Oz Test Drive
Akio Toyoda calls the 10-week test drive an invaluable learning experience, allowing employees and executives involved in global development of Toyota vehicles to refine their skills so they can create ever-better cars.
Australia Aligning Car-Safety Criteria With Europe’s 
ANCAP is entering a transition phase from 2015 as its revises its tests, protocols and calculation methods to conform more closely to those of its sister organization, Euro NCAP.
Russia’s Lengthy LV Sales Decline Eases in October 
Last month’s relative improvement resulted from the government scrappage incentive program supporting domestic-vehicle sales and the sharp decline of the ruble raising short-term demand for imported models.
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