Alan Harman


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

Diesel-Vehicle Buyers Wronged, U.K. Newspaper Claims 3
The Sun accuses the government of offering incentives to diesel buyers since 2001, only to threaten them now with harsh penalties for excessive carbon-dioxide emissions.
Jaguar Bringing E-Type Prototype to Pebble Beach
The new cars are the “missing” six vehicles from the Special GT E-Type project begun in 1963, which called for 18 cars to be built.
Hyundai Thailand Builds New Elantra Sport in Malaysia 
The automaker says better pricing resulting from preferential tariffs will allow more Thai consumers to enjoy Hyundai cars.
U.K. Launching Low-Carbon Propulsion Systems Project 
The government-industry partnership aims to secure and grow more than 30,000 U.K. jobs now involved in vehicle-powertrain R&D and production as the U.K. transitions to a low-carbon future for all modes of transportation.
Conflict Impacts July New-Vehicle Sales in Russia 
Demand usually picks up in conjunction with the Moscow auto show, which opens later this month, but officials aren’t confident that will be the case this year.
Japanese Automakers Recovering From China Turbulence 
Japanese automakers’ combined share of the Chinese market in first-half 2014 was 16.5%, a slight uptick from 16.4% a year ago, but well short of the more than 20% level before the 2012 islands dispute.
Vauxhall Builds Last Current-Generation Vivaro Van 
The all-new Vivaro secures 1,200 jobs, a 10-year contract and a £185 million investment at Luton. Vauxhall announced earlier it will add a second shift at the plant in January, adding 250 jobs.
U.K. Car Sales Gains Carry Into Third Straight Year 
With sales up 10.1% on the year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders raises its full-year forecast to 2.45 million deliveries, 8.1% ahead of last year’s 2,264,737.
SUVs Soften July New-Car Sales Fall in Australia 
July SUV sales jumped 12.7% from prior-year to 28,805 units, good for a 32.1% share of the new-car market.
Rolls Confirms Convertible for 2016 
The automaker says the new car is undergoing a rigorous process of prototype testing as it enters its next stage of development.
GM Opens Regional HQ 
The operation covers six key markets that will see the automaker launch 40 new models by the end of next year.
Industry Says Price War Undercuts Weakened Oz Auto Sector 
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries says a vast majority of the 350 models sold in the country transact at a lower price than in other right-hand-drive markets.
New Zealand Sales Surge; Commercial Vehicles Impetus 
The best result since 1985 saw July’s deliveries rise 10% to 10,313 units for a year-to-date total up 13% to 72,442.
U.K. Motorists Take Dark View of EU Black-Box Plan 
Survey conductor Motorpoint says the telematics technology would keep track of how fast their customers drive, how hard they brake and how many journeys a year they take.
Next Car Must Be Fuel-Stingy, U.K. Motorist Poll Says 
The U.K. average price for unleaded gasoline in June was 130.5 pence a liter, or $8.42 a gallon, easily making fuel economy the top consideration among customers.
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