Alan Harman


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

Pickup Slowdown Leaves Thailand July Sales in Red
After seven months, the Thai market continued edging its way back toward positive territory, down just 0.02% at 429,265 units, with the car market off 9.2% at 153,528 and CV deliveries up 5.7% at 275,737.
‘Ute’ Moot as GM Holden Dubs Colorado ‘Pickup’ in Oz
The “ute” term, Australia’s longtime shorthand for utility vehicle, is being scrapped as GM Holden adopts the U.S. term and calls the midsize Colorado a pickup.
Holiday Season Depresses Malaysian LV Sales in July 
The Malaysian Automotive Assn. links July’s lackluster result to fewer selling days as result of the Hari Raya festive holidays and the end of Hari Raya-related demand in June.
Australian State Sets No-Emissions Goal for Capital
The state aims to replace a significant proportion of Adelaide's government fleet with electric, hydrogen, hybrid and other vehicles in the plan for the capital city of 1.25 million people over the next three years.
VW Australia, Auto Club Escalate Squabble Over Dieselgate
AAA wants local owners compensated with cash, just like U.S. buyers. VW says it is withholding entries in the club’s Best Cars awards competition because it doesn’t think it will get a fair shake.
Young U.K. Residents Not Driven to Drive, Poll Shows
The survey indicates 44% of drivers hitting the road for the first time are 25 or older and there’s been a 21% drop in 17- to-20-year-olds taking their driving test in the past nine years.
More U.K. Car Buyers Securing Credit Through Dealerships
Cars bought on finance from dealerships totaled 80,531 in June with a value of £1.53 billion.
Australia Takes Step Toward V2V Communication Network
The Australian Communications and Media Authority says it will set aside the 5.9 GHz band for the vehicle network, known as Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems.
Ford Australia Ends Production of Locally Built Ute 1
On Oct. 7, the day Ford shutters its plant, GM Holden will end production of the Cruze sedan and hatch. Holden will close its plant next year as it stops building its iconic Commodore. Also in 2017, Toyota ends production of its Camry and Aurion models.
Oz Motoring Group to Conduct Own Emissions Tests
The Australian Automobile Assn. wants to see how manufacturers’ claims stack up against emissions tested on the streets and says it is acting because the government will not.
Thai National Named to Head Local Mazda Operations
Chanchai Trakarnudomsuk has been involved with production of Mazda vehicles at the AutoAlliance Thailand plant in Rayong province for more than 20 years. He is among several Thai executives named to key posts.
DRB-Hicom Says No Plans for Now to Sell Stake in Proton
The company says it remains highly committed to holding a substantial and strategic stake in Proton and is assisting the automaker in its turnaround program.
Ford, Oz Car-Sharing Service Launch Airport Scheme
Ford owners who agree to share their car will receive free parking and a share of the profits if the vehicles are hired to other customers at Carhood locations near airports in three major cities.
U.K. June Vehicle Output Hits 18-Year High, But Industry Wary of EU Exit 
The performance closed the industry’s best first half in 16 years, with 897,157 vehicles rolling off production lines.
New Zealand LVs Post Double-Digit Sales Gain in July 
July’s best-selling models either were SUVs or CVs, with only three car models making the top 15.


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