Alan Harman


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

Former Infiniti Exec to VW
Michael Bartsch headed home to oversee VW Australia.
Ferrari 488 Snapped Up in Oz
The average age of Ferrari owners in Australia is decreasing and now is at 48 years old, an executive says, with demand accelerating as confidence levels rise among small-to-medium-sized business owners.
Malaysian Auto Group Looks for Second-Half Upturn 
“We have yet to discount our target of 700,000 units for 2015,” Malaysia Automotive Institute CEO Madani Sahari says.
Thai Sales Remain Weak, Though Slight Gain Seen for Second-Half 2015
Toyota Thailand President Kyoichi Tanada says the sales decline is being fueled by concerns over global economic instability.
Malaysia First-Half Sales Off 3.3%; Ford Bucks Trend
The MAA bases its scaled-back forecast on curtailed business optimism and moderation in consumer spending as a result of economic uncertainties and an increased cost of living.
Oz Report Touts Alternatively Fueled Vehicles
The report by Energeia says Australia lacks a comprehensive alternatively fueled-vehicle policy framework federally and will miss out on many benefits if action is not taken now.
U.K. First-Half Car Production Achieves 7-Year High
With production volumes up more than 50% since 2009 and many new models going into production in the coming months, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says the region’s car industry is growing on a global scale.
Australia Gearing for Autonomous-Vehicle Trials
The vehicles will be tested on suburban roads in Adelaide, the state capital, at the same time the South Australian government hosts an international conference to discuss driverless-vehicle technology and regulation.
Online Auto Parts Purchasing on Rise in Australia
Whether someone is likely to buy these products online depends on how they feel about cars, Roy Morgan Research says.
New Shelby Mustang to Sport Oz Carbon-Fiber Wheels  1
Details of Carbon Revolution’s deal with Ford have not been released, but the Australian government, presiding over the impending manufacturing departure of Ford, GM Holden and Toyota, is quick to take credit.
Latest Cars, Vans Audition for U.K. Fleet Managers
Organizers of Company Car in Action say the event attracted about 900 people with more end-user fleet decision makers than last year and an increase in the number of operators of fleets with more than 100 vehicles.
New Honda Gets 4 of 5 Stars in SE Asia Safety Tests
Another variant of the HR-V achieved a maximum 5-star rating due to the fitment of a seatbelt reminder for the front passenger, a prerequisite for five stars in the region’s safety-testing program.
Toyota Pulls Wraps Off Second-Generation Fortuner
The 7-seat SUV launches in Australia in October and then progressively in other markets this year and next.
Bridgestone Launches Indonesian Joint Venture
The tire manufacturer has hooked up with Indonesian auto-parts producer PT Astra Otoparts, holding 51% and 49% of the JV, respectively.
Malaysia’s Perodua Eyes Export of Hot-Selling Axia 
CEO Aminar Rashid Salleh says first-half Axia deliveries totaled 53,700 units – almost 50% of Perodua’s total sales, which rose 14.8% from like-2014 to 108,500.
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