Alan Harman


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

U.K. Law Would Require EV Charging at Gas Stations
The legislation will allow the government to require the installation of charge points for electric and hydrogen vehicles at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers, and to establish common technical and operational standards.
Mitsubishi, PSA Name New Oz Operations Chiefs
In John Signoriello, who takes the top job July 1, Mitsubishi Australia is getting a local man to head the company for the first time since its founding 37 years ago.
Geely Plots Strategic Course for Malaysia's Proton
Malaysia becomes the right-hand-drive production hub for Geely in the ASEAN region, allowing Proton’s modern but underused 150,000-unit-a-year Tanjung Malim plant to run at its maximum capacity, possibly including Volvo cars.
New Feature Will Block iPhone Calls While Driving
U.K.-based GEM Motoring Assist calls the Apple software update a powerful awareness-raiser for road safety but worries about the fact users will have the option to turn the do-not-disturb feature off.
Machinery Auction Set as Toyota Australia Nears End of Car Production
Hilco Industrial Acquisitions, which is handling the sale, says there has never been an auction with this magnitude of state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment.
Thai LV Sales Flat in May Amid Economic Uncertainty 
Despite the mere 0.6% uptick in May, sales after five months were up 12.4% year-on-year. Toyota remained the market leader despite a 19.6% plunge that saw it fail to lead either the car or commercial-vehicle segments for the first time in years.
U.K. Auto Industry Not Ready to Cut EU Trade Ties
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders wants the U.K. to maintain membership in the single market and customs union until a final agreement on a new relationship with the EU is negotiated and implemented.
Researchers Developing Liquid-Powered Batteries
The Ifbattery energy storage system could enable drivers to fill up battery-electric or hybrid-electric vehicles with fluid electrolytes to re-energize spent battery fluids much like refueling gas tanks.
Skoda Superb Rated Superb by U.K. New-Car Owners
Driver Power, which bills itself as Britain’s biggest motorist survey, says it found the Skoda Superb is the car that makes its owners happiest, with a 93.4% satisfaction score. The Volkswagen subsidiary’s Yeti takes second place with 93.3%.
Ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Angered by Proton Deal
Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 90, alleges the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s support for the decision to sell Proton, a company he founded while in the top job, is an act of vengeance against him.
Ford U.K. Workshops Help Workers Gear for Fatherhood
The expecting fathers are given information on statutory entitlements, company policy and provisions, health and safety considerations, flexible working policy, the return-to-work process and the salary sacrifice.
Malaysia LV Sales Climb By Double Digits in May 
The Malaysian Automotive Assn. says the market was driven by a boost from the pre-Hari Raya festive season marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, as well as new model launches.
Toyota Australia Profits as End of Production Looms
Toyota has announced it will shutter its Altona manufacturing plant in Victoria on Oct. 3. The factory will continue operating on two shifts until the closure date, when the number of Australian employees will drop from 3,900 to about 1,300.
Annual London Motor Show Moving to Bigger Venue
Show Chairman Alec Mumford says the move to Exhibition Center London comes after this year’s exhibition drew more than 25,000 visitors and 130 new-vehicle displays during the weekend-long event at Battersea Park.
Ford to Research Smart Mobility From London Office
The office will give Ford specialists easy access to world-class digital companies, leading academic institutions and existing partners as it targets the near-term development of smart-mobility solutions that meet major European cities’ specific needs.


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