Alan Harman

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
Rolls-Royce Road-Testing Aluminum Architecture
The testing phase aims to ensure the new space-frame structure delivers Rolls-Royce’s trademark “magic-carpet ride” on a variety of surfaces.
Oz LV Sales Top 1 Million for Fourth Straight Year 
SUVs for the first time outsold the small-car segment, 408,471 to 355,793.
New Zealand Sales Set Record in 2015; SUVs Dominate 
Toyota led the 2015 market for the 28th consecutive year, with 26,330 deliveries, just shy of Nos.2 and 3 GM Holden and Ford combined.
Thailand Market Leader Toyota Promotes From Within 
The executives promoted include Pravena Nuntikulvanich, the highest-ranking member of the automaker’s top management.
Ireland’s Light-Vehicle Sales Jump 29.8% in 2015 
Volkswagen shrugged off its emissions-fixing woes to top the Irish market, with 2015 sales up 31.7% at 15,379 units, comfortably ahead of Toyota, up 27.6% at 13,109, and Ford, rising 27.1% at 12,050.
Slumping Thai LV Market Reverses Course in November 
A Toyota executive says the market is continuing to recover, helped by political stability under the military government, which has detailed clear spending plans for 2016, and rising consumer confidence.
Belgian Entrepreneur Wants GM Holden Site
Guido Dumarey has a track record. In 2013, he bought and turned around a GM transmission plant in Strasbourg, France.
U.K. Government Cracking Down on Drivers Ringing Up
Vehicle auctioneer BCA found 95% of motorists it surveyed say they’ve witnessed another driver using a phone. At the same time, 42% admitted to having spoken on a handheld mobile device while driving.
November Malaysia Sales Flat; 2016 Outlook Bullish 
A senior industry official says Malaysia’s automotive sector will see a more competitive environment next year as new investments under the government’s national automotive policy set in.
U.K. Extends Subsidies for Buyers of Greenest Cars
The government says extension of the grant program at least through March 2018 will benefit more than 100,000 people, double the number who have claimed the grant since 2011.
Oz Raises Bar for Side-Impact Crash Protection
The new rule aims to improve side-impact protection “by setting performance criteria that require effective safety measures such as curtain side airbags, thorax airbags and better crash sensors,” Federal Major Projects Minister Paul Fletcher says.
November U.K. Car Output Up 9.3%; CV Build Up 10.8% 
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says last month’s result nudged year-to-date output up 3.8% to 1,472,835 units.
Visitors Up, Orders Down at Thailand Motor Expo
Organizers had hoped for 50,000 new vehicle orders, unchanged from a year earlier, but the government’s National News Bureau reports only 39,125 were booked.
Oz Motoring Group to Fund Real-World Emissions Tests
Australian Automobile Assn. CEO Michael Bradley says the Volkswagen scandal shows regulators around the globe need to be assessing real-world vehicle emissions, not just those produced in a laboratory.
Thai Automakers Stump for Trans-Pacific Partnership
Honda Thailand Chief Operating Officer Pitak Pruittisarikorn says any free-trade agreement would be a boon to the nation’s automotive industry, which exports 70% of its overall production.
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