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
Thai Automakers Boost 2017 Sales Forecast 
After 10 months, the new-car market was up 20.4% at 273,366 units. The commercial-vehicle market was up 6.6% at 415,900 units, including the 1-ton pickup segment ahead 7.2% at 335,698.
Australian Scientists Produce Homespun Carbon Fiber
Carbon fiber, used in everything from aviation, defense and aerospace to car manufacturing, is made only by a handful of manufacturers globally, each of them using their own secret, patented formulas.
Australian Vehicle Crash-Test Labs Get Upgrades
Upgrades include the introduction of new crash tests and improvements to existing ones, as well as the first-ever performance testing of automated safety technologies such as autonomous emergency braking and active lane-support systems.
Two Chinese Brands Earn Safety Program’s Top Rating
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program says the LDV T60 and Haval H2 both receive the top rating in its latest round of testing, along with the Honda CR-V.
Campaign Aims to Box Mobile Phones While Driving
Ford sees transforming the glovebox into the phone box as a simple, effective way of changing driver behavior.
Ford Thailand Opens Parts Distribution Center
The center is fully optimized for logistics efficiency with more than 2 million parts and more than 38,000 semi-knocked-down units in stock.
U.K. Making Gains With Japan
U.K. production bound for Japan rose 34.5% to 12,656 units in the first half of this year, making the country Britain’s sixth-biggest export market, and the second-biggest in Asia after China.
Russia Sales Increase for Eighth Straight Month
Industry spokesman Joerg Schreiber says the Russian recovery is robust, with the eight straight months of increases the longest period of uninterrupted growth the car and light-commercial-vehicle market has experienced since 2012.
U.K. Franchise Operator Halts U.S. Acquisitions
Pendragon, founded in 1989, expanded into the U.S. in 2000 with the acquisition of Bauer Jaguar, the country’s third-largest Jaguar dealership. It has nine franchise locations in Southern California, including Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin.
Older Vehicles May Be Forced Off Malaysian Roads
For the policy to take effect, the Road Transport Dept. would need authorization to terminate a vehicle’s registration once its lifespan was up.
Oz Motoring Group Wants Real-World Emissions Tests
The Australian Automobile Assn. says its real-world test results reinforce concerns consumers increasingly are paying for technologies that reduce consumption and emissions in a laboratory but fail to deliver in the real world.
U.K. Sales Down Seventh Straight Month in October 
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders CEO Mike Hawes says declining business and consumer confidence is affecting demand in the new-car market, and this is being compounded by confusion over government policy on diesel.
Company Offers Vehicle Diagnostics Via Smartphone
MotorEasy founder Duncan McClure Fisher says the fitC heralds a new era in which a vehicle’s health can be monitored continually and problems can be identified before they cause costly damage.
Dongfeng Renault JV Pursues China Sales, R&D Growth
Detailing its new 5-year plan, the joint venture between automakers Dongfeng of China and Renault of France says Chinese growth will be based on nine local models, including three electric vehicles, with a focus on the SUV segment.
RoButt Sits Down on the Job
Ford’s specially developed robot can simulate 10 years of seat wear and tear in just three weeks.
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