Alan Harman


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

Ford U.K. Celebrates Fiesta’s 40th Anniversary
In the 40 years from 1976-2016, Ford has sold 4,339,149 Fiestas in the U.K. alone – more than one in every 20 cars sold in the region – with European Fiesta sales set to surpass 18 million units before the end of this year.
Hyundai Indonesia Aims to Boost Local Parts Output
Hyundai Indonesia President Director Mukiat Sutikno tells the Jakarta Post having more spare-parts makers will help Hyundai’s local arm negotiate with the parent company to launch new models for the Indonesian market.
Researchers Say More Car Shoppers Tuned In to Video
CitNOW says 75% of car buyers already use video to research their next purchase before setting foot in a showroom.
Strong June Brightens Thailand’s Full-Year Outlook 
Toyota Thailand President Kyoichi Tanada says the June result has prompted the automaker to amend its industrywide sales projection for the full year to 740,000 units, a 7.5% drop from 2015. In January it forecast a 10% slip in January to 720,000 units.
Malaysian First-Half Light-Vehicle Sales Slip 14.5%
Manufacturers slashed production in response to the showroom slowdown. The first-half light-vehicle build fell 19.7% to 262,963 units with car production sliding 20.2% to 241,009 and CV output declining 14.1% to 21,954.
Volkswagen U.K. Gives Owners a Break on Brakes
When a VW customer has the car’s brake pads or shoes replaced with VW parts at a participating retailer, the brakes and pads will be replaced for free for the lifetime of the car’s ownership. The deal includes the cost of both parts and labor.
Robots, Humans Work Hand-in-Hand at Ford Cologne Plant
The shock-absorber installation trial is part of what Ford calls Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution embracing automation, data exchange and manufacturing technologies.
Ford Hits Zero-Waste Target at European Plants
The latest plants to achieve zero waste-to-landfill status are the Valencia and Craiova, Romania facilities, which join plants in Bridgend and Dagenham in the U.K., Bordeaux, France; and Cologne and Saarlouis, Germany.
JLR Explores All-Terrain Autonomous Driving
The U.K. automaker says it wants to ensure autonomous technology can be used “all the way to your destination, even if this is via a rough track.”
Russia Sales Forecast Revised Downward After Disappointing June 
Buyers scooped up a smaller number of new vehicles in June than in the much smaller Australian market, leaving analysts even more pessimistic about the remainder of 2016.
U.K. Posts Record First Half Sales 
Strong van sales and new benchmarks by several brands highlight the market’s first six months of the year.
Genuine GM Holden Hood Passes, Fake Fails Oz Test
Researchers using a head-form device calibrated to simulate a child’s head found the GM Holden aluminum hood fitted to a Commodore sedan performed better in every complex test than a fake steel replacement.
New Zealand Market Gets Boost From CV Sales 
June saw 9,186 passenger-vehicle sales and a June-record 4,513 commercial-vehicle deliveries. It was only the third time more than 4,000 CVs were sold in a month.
Oz New-Vehicle Market Continues Torrid Pace 
Fears a federal election campaign would dampen momentum prove unfounded, as automakers set June and first-half sales records.
U.K. Engine Plant Outlays Paying Off
After five months, engine production was up 7.7% to 1,118,190 units. Engine output for the home front was up 34.0% to 486,408 units, while the export build was down 6.4% to 631,782 units.


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