Alan Harman


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

Mustang Interest Topping Expectations at Ford Australia
Due to hit the market next year, the new model marks the first time the venerable pony car will be available in right-hand drive.
New Falcon to Take Artistic Turn
Debut of the new Australian-market model at a local art gallery is aimed at challenging and changing buyer perceptions of Ford, an executive says.
Entry-Level Viva Expands Vauxhall’s A-Segment Range
Industry reports say the Viva will be based on the South Korean-designed and -built Chevrolet Spark.
Buyer Satisfaction Falls in Thailand, Japan; Up in Indonesia, Philippines 
Thai buyers are less satisfied with the deal and the process it takes to purchase their new vehicle, J.D. Power says.
Ford Australia Hones Cutting-Edge Tech for Dealers 
“While we are re-inventing the dealership experience, many customers will actually find it very familiar to the technology they use every day or even from online shopping,” Ford Australia executive Graeme Whickman says.
Russian New-Car Sales Tailspin Continues in August 
The industry is hoping a recently announced government incentive for the scrappage and trade-in of used vehicles will break the market’s fall.
New, Used Imports Key Issues in Oz Vehicle Law Review 
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries CEO Tony Weber says the industry group hopes the government has ‟no intention of allowing Australia to become the dumping ground for other countries’ old secondhand vehicles.”
Honda Top Recipient of Inaugural ASEAN Safety Awards 
Eighteen automakers participated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations NCAP awards program recognizing the high achievers and promoting competition to produce safer vehicles.
New Zealand Vehicle Sales Hit 30-Year High in August 
Year-to-date sales of new CVs reached an unprecedented level, jumping 21% to 24,200 units. New-car deliveries were up 9.6% to 58,419.
August LV Sales Reflect Improving U.K. Economy 
Ford of Britain Chairman and Managing Director Mark Ovenden says the automaker is building strong sales momentum heading into September, when demand significantly increases due to the biannual registration-plate change.
New ANCAP Test Label Makes Comparisons Easier for Consumers 
The updated ANCAP logos have been issued for all new ratings published since July and will be rolled out across ANCAP and manufacturer advertising materials over the coming months.
Oz Sales Continue Decline in August 
Continued weak car demand triggered the drop in volume for the month, but industry insiders believe the market will gain traction with the coming spring.
Oz Research Takes Steps Toward Hydrogen Production 
The Australian National University says the finding opens the way for the development of biological systems powered by sunlight that could manufacture hydrogen as a fuel.
Fewer Australians Planning New-Car Purchase
More than 300,000 people have exited the market since May, Roy Morgan Research reports, a movement that could cost automakers billions.
Oz Panel: Allow Used-Car Imports, Drop New-Car Tariff 
The Productivity Commission report says eliminating the 5% tariff on new imported cars once GM Holden, Ford and Toyota end local production might be justified, but it also “notes the effect on government revenue.”
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