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 by Alan Harman
ASEAN Crash-Test Results Delayed, Shifted to New Venue Again 
The group originally was to announce the third-phase crash results at an event in Bangkok earlier this year, but that was canceled because of the deteriorating political situation in Thailand.
Report: Oz Auto Sector Will Survive Automakers’ Exit 
Auto Skills Australia says the auto sales, service and repair sectors comprised the largest portion of the industry even before Ford, GM Holden and Toyota announced they were ceasing manufacturing operations in the country.
Australians’ New-Car Interest Waning, Survey Shows 
“The fall in new-car sales and the number of Australians intending to purchase over the next 12 months coincides with a steady decline in consumer confidence and a continued rise in unemployment,” Roy Morgan Research analyst Jordan Pakes says.
GM Seeks Entry Into Thailand’s Phase 2 Eco-Car Program
The U.S.-based automaker is the first to apply to join the second phase of the program, which has been criticized for its rigid financial and production conditions.
Proton Pressing for Malaysian Government Assistance 
The automaker reportedly has committed MYR3.8 billion in investments through 2016 but needs more capital to be competitive and realize its turnaround plan.
Thai Vehicle Sales in Free Fall Amid Political Crisis 
In the first two months of the year, car sales slumped 55.0% from like-2013 to 55,572 units and the CV segment was off 36.0% to 84,716.
U.K. Car Output Down 2.7%, CVs Off 22.1% in February 
Production for the home market declined both in February and year-to-date, but the export build rose last month and on the year.
Malaysian Sales Up; Biodiesel on Way 
The month’s growth was driven by better performances from national automakers Proton and Perodua.
Green Cars Keep Indonesia February Sales in Black 
Dutch-owned development company Indonesia Investments says low-cost green cars, introduced locally in 2013, accounted for about 15% of total sales last month.
Supplier Bosch Touts Modern Diesel-Engine Technology 
Bosch U.K. says the past decade has seen increasing numbers of diesel cars fitted with advanced components, such as common-rail diesel and stop/start, that have significantly lowered both emissions and operating costs.
Bentley New Home of W12 Engine for VW Group 
The luxury brand, already the world’s largest producer of 12-cyl. engines, now will export the powerplants for the first time, creating about 100 jobs.
U.K. New-Car Fleet Hits 2015 EU Emissions Target
An industry group says the average new car in the U.K. emits 128.3 g/km of CO2, down 3.6% from 2013 and below the 2015 EU-wide fleet average target of 130 g/km CO2.
U.K. Vehicle Fleet Larger, Older, Cleaner in 2013 
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says the 1.4% rise in the 2013 parc marked the fastest rate of growth in 10 years.
Product Development to Keep Ford Going in Australia 
The Australian operation is fully integrated with advanced virtual-engineering capabilities for both local and global vehicles, and its virtual-reality lab can be connected in real time with Ford’s three other global product-development hubs.
Pace of Russian LV Sales Slide Slows in February 
An industry official notes both signs of recovery and ‟question marks about the robustness of consumer demand moving into the second quarter of the year.”
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