Alan Harman


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

Perodua, Daihatsu Partner on New Malaysian Engine Plant 
The RM600 million plant will have annual 2-shift capacity for 140,000 engines of various displacements.
India to Launch NCAP Test Following Criticisms Over Vehicle Safety 
In January, Global NCAP published crash-test results for five of India’s best-known cars. All received zero-star adult-protection ratings.
New Zealand New-Vehicle Sales See Best-Ever October 
Year-to-date sales of new cars were up 10.4% to 75,685 units, while commercial-vehicle deliveries were up 20.7% to 30,761.
FCA Names New CEO in Australia
Under outgoing CEO Veronica Johns, Fiat sales more than doubled, while Alfa Romeo deliveries rose more than 30% and Jeep volume jumped more than 40%.
JLR Christens New U.K. Engine Plant
Production officially will start with the 2.0L diesel that will roll off the line early next year, destined for the new Jaguar XE.
Oz Government to Aid Industry Post-Auto Production 
Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane says the program aims to identify new investment opportunities for Australian industry as it transitions from its traditional base to new, higher value-added and globally linked manufacturing.
Thai Auto Market Free-Fall Continues in September 
The September result dropped the country’s 9-month sales volume 37.3% behind prior-year to 648,410 units.
GM Holden Chief Dorizas Resigns Eight Months Into Job 
GM International President Stefan Jacoby says Dorizas implemented a number of measures to transition GM Holden to a national sales company when domestic manufacturing ceases at the end of 2017.
Tesla Direct Sales Drawing Dealer Fire in Australia 1
The Victorian Automotive Chamber of Commerce says there is more to buying a new car than simply picking one from off the shelf.
Malaysian Automakers Not Panicked By Sales Slide 
An industry group says anticipation of the launch of the locally built Perodua Axia and Proton Iriz curtailed bookings for other models, and stricter requirements for vehicle loans impacted sales, as well.
Hyundai First With FCV in U.K. 
The arrival of the first ix35 models comes just after £11 million in U.K. government and industry funding is earmarked to expand the nationwide hydrogen refueling station network and increase the uptake of fuel-cell vehicles.
U.K. Aiming for Leading Edge in FCEV Development 
The investment is part of a deeper £500 million ($806.2 million) government funding pot to be invested between 2015 and 2020 in the U.K.’s drive to become a global leader in the development and take-up of low-emissions vehicles.
Oz Buyers Turning Toward SUVs in Bigger Numbers 
Roy Morgan Research finds small SUVs have experienced an especially dizzying surge in popularity, with 180,000 potential car buyers now having one on their shopping list – up from 71,000 in 2011.
Alternative Vehicle Power Gains Traction in U.K. 
Conventional hybrids such as the Toyota Prius were the most popular choice among alternatively fueled vehicles, with 19% of those surveyed indicating they would consider buying such a vehicle within the next two years.
Near-Term Recovery Doubtful as Sales Continue to Slide in Russia 
To date, the market is down 13.0% from year-ago and automakers see that pace continuing, with the year expected to wind up at only 2.45 million units.
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