Alan Harman

Alan
Harman
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Tax Changes Spark March Car-Sales Jump in Malaysia 
Vehicle prices were expected to fall after the new 6% GST replaced a 10% sales and services tax April 1, but dealers spent March offering even better deals to clear stock bought under the now-expired higher tax.
Automakers Raising Stakes in Southeast Asia Markets 
The Bangkok Post reports Ipsos Business Consulting believes entrenched Japanese automakers will face increasing competition in Southeast Asia from the likes of General Motors and new players including Volkswagen.
Secondhand Australian Auto Imports Raise Red Flags 
The federal panel’s recommendation ‟challenges the Federal Government’s stance that it has no intention of allowing Australia to become the dumping ground for other countries’ old secondhand vehicles,” an industry official says.
JLR Launches Jaguar XE Output at Historic U.K. Plant 
The start of XE production is the first step in making Solihull a dual-branded manufacturing operation. Earlier this year, JLR confirmed its breakthrough Jaguar performance CUV, the F-PACE, is to be built at the site.
U.K. Growing Hydrogen Refueling-Station Network 
The spending involves an initial network of 12 hydrogen fueling stations and a new mobile station that will be used across southern England, as well as upgrades to existing hydrogen demonstrator stations.
Australian Motoring Festival a Hit, Organizers Say
Visitors had an opportunity to get behind the wheel and drive vehicles on two test tracks, one on-road and one off-road. More than 30% of patrons took part in an interactive drive experience.
Indonesia to Tap Electric Power for National Car 
In addition to the government-sponsored EV, Malaysian national car company Proton and privately owned Adiperkasa Citra Lestari will study the possibility of a joint venture to produce an Indonesian car.
Shell Oil Commissions Gas-Powered City Car Concept
The model will be a ground-up, total rethink of the Gordon Murray Design T.25 car developed in 2010 using specially formulated Shell lubricants.
Russia’s Car Sales Run Into Deeper Rut in March 
Amidst Kremlin-inspired anti-American sentiment over the Ukraine crisis and subsequent sanctions, the General Motors Group of Chevrolet, Opel and Cadillac finished both March and the first quarter down 75.5%.
Kia Carnival Underachieves in Australian Crash Tests 
Kia Australia says it is extremely surprised by the performance of the model that has been Australia’s biggest-selling people mover in 10 of the past 11 years.
U.K. Bags Major Investments by Three Automakers 
With Honda of the U.K. Mfg. being developed into a specialist production facility for the 5-door Civic, the next-generation CR-V will be manufactured at Honda of Canada Mfg. in Ontario for export to Europe.
Oz on Pace for Record Sales Year 
Private purchases of LCVs, up 33.4% in the month, helped lead the industry to its best-ever March.
March LV Sales Reflect Robust New Zealand Economy 
Suzuki Swift makes run at No.1 Corolla for new-car sales title.
Study Says Autonomous, Connected Cars to Enrich U.K. 
The report forecasts that by 2030, every new car will have some form of connectivity, while more than a quarter will be fully autonomous, preventing more than 25,000 serious accidents and saving thousands of lives.
University Researchers Say Low-Cost Hydrogen Production Possible
Unlike other hydrogen-fuel production methods that rely on highly processed sugars, the Virginia Tech team is using dirty biomass – the husks and stalks of corn plants – to create the fuel.
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