Alan Harman


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

EVs Generating Little Interest Among U.K. Drivers
Fewer than 1% of U.K. drivers own an electric car or van.
Oz First-Half Sales Robust But Dip Year-on-Year 
First-half deliveries were about 100,000 units shy of the record set in the 2012-2013 financial year, resulting in a 2.4% decline from that total.
Toyota Australia Attacks ‘Inefficient’ Luxury-Car Tax 
Toyota Australia sales and marketing chief Tony Cramb says the tax should be abolished, especially because there is no equivalent tax on items such as antiques, yachts, motor boats and jewelry.
U.K. Government Lends Hand to Auto-Parts Producers 
The Tooling Funding Program is designed to help components manufacturers that otherwise would fail to acquire financing.
Analyst Sees Indonesia Auto Sales Topping Thailand’s 
Frost & Sullivan’s Masaki Honda estimates Indonesian sales will increase 6.5% to 1.23 million units this year, and estimates current market leader Thailand’s deliveries will fall 11.7% to 1.18 million.
Irish Light-Vehicle Sales Post Solid First-Half Gains 
The industry’s prediction it would see its best July since 2008 was borne out Tuesday, when 4,264 new cars were registered on the first day of the new “142” registration plate. The total was more than double the 1,924 cars registered July 1, 2013.
Mercedes Hybrid Goes From Africa to U.K. on One Tank
The E300 BlueTec Hybrid averaged 73.6 mpg on its 27-hour journey.
New Zealand Market Posts Solid June 
Best-ever monthly commercial-vehicle sales led to a double-digit increase in overall sales, as a strong local currency and rising consumer confidence helped drive demand.
Thailand Woos Oz Suppliers as OEMs Quit Production 
The head of the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce says the political uncertainty in Thailand, culminating in the military coup in May, has not hurt the country’s manufacturing, supply-chain or export sectors.
Production Wind-Down Costly for Toyota Australia 
The automaker blames the A$437 million loss on restructuring costs resulting from its decision to stop building cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017.
Vauxhall Taps Venerable U.K. Plant for Vivaro Van 
Luton has produced almost 1 million Vivaro vans since 2001, including 44,000 in 2013. The factory is a major exporter with 52% of output destined for European markets.
JLR to Unleash Most Powerful Jaguar Ever Built
The all-aluminum roadster pays tribute to one of the most famous and iconic racing Jaguars: the three-time Le Mans-winning D-type, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
May LV Sales Reflect Post-Coup Thai Consumer Jitters 
A Toyota executive says June traditionally is a top-selling month and the industry is hoping consumer outlook will relax as the country stabilizes following last month’s military takeover.
Ford Leads Way in May as Malaysia Vehicle Sales Jump 
The U.S. automaker reported its best-ever May performance in the country with sales surging 59% year-on-year to 1,116 units.
Army Coup Not Sidetracking Thailand Eco-Car Project 
The government likely will approve details of investment plans by the 10 automakers signed up for the second phase of the eco-car scheme sometime this year. The 10 projects are set to produce 1.58 million eco-cars.
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