Alan Harman


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

New Zealand Sales Continue to Surprise 
October deliveries rose 5.0%, putting year-to-date volume up 5.5% at 112,217 units.
U.K. Auto Industry Upbeat on Job, Production Growth 
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders projects U.K. vehicle output will reach 2 million units annually by 2020, up 33% from 1.5 million units now. This means automakers will require an additional 9,500 employees.
Volvo Looks to Outsmart Kangaroos in Oz
Volvo’s technology under development will use radar and camera systems to detect kangaroos and automatically apply the brakes if a collision is imminent.
Exports Drive Robust U.K. Engine Output in September 
September production for export jumped 18.4% to 146,092 units, offsetting a 10.2% drop in the build for the home market to 78,825.
Low-Emission-Vehicle Demand on Rise in U.K.
Fueling the demand is a greater choice of models, with more than 27 battery electric or plug-in hybrid cars now available in the U.K., ranging from high-performance sports cars to capable family haulers.
Uptick in CVs Keeps Lid on Thai Sales Decline in September 
A slowing economy and high consumer debt continues to impact the market.
Malaysian Market Bounces Back in September 
Despite the gains last month, auto sales continue to be impacted by the weakened ringgit, gloomy economic outlook and lagging consumer confidence.
NZ Cracks Down On Bugged Vehicles
Officials are concerned by the increasing number of stink bugs found during border inspections of vehicle and part consignments arriving from the U.S.
Follow the Money, Oz Car-Shopper Survey Suggests
The Roy Morgan Research survey finds high-income households plan to spend almost A$50,000 ($35,255) on their next new car – about a third higher than the national average of A$36,840 ($25,975).
Hands-On Approach to Autonomous Vehicles Urged 
The report says without significant deployment and penetration of electric vehicles, car sharing and supportive regulations, the advent of driverless vehicles will not, by itself, be enough to solve urban air-pollution and congestion problems.
BMW Investment Shifts U.K. Plant Into High Gear
Development of the site is part of BMW’s global strategy for engine production. Hams Hall and plants in Germany and Austria are producing the same new family of next-generation engines.
Malaysia Aims to Grow EV Charging Infrastructure 
By the time the network is completed, government-owned Malaysian Green Technology aims to have 100,000 EVs, 2,000 electric buses and 100,000 electric scooters and motorcycles on Malaysian roads.
New Honda Parts Plant in Thailand Comes on Line 
The plant initially will operate a polymer-injection line to manufacture front consoles for Honda’s City and Jazz models. But it soon will begin producing polymer-injection parts for other Honda assembly plants in Asia and Oceania.
Toyota Oz Says Commercial Vehicles Key to FCV Growth 
The automaker says refueling stations initially will be located in depots across the country to help fast-track implementation of the new technology. As CVs return to a central depot each day, each location will require only one refueling station.
Ford Oz to Continue Relationship With Some Local Suppliers Past 2017
In addition to providing aftermarket parts, the automaker is working with 17 suppliers to help them earn business from its global operations.

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