Alan Harman


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

U.K.’s July Car-Production Uptick Counters CV Slump 
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders CEO Mike Hawes says the U.K.’s 5 million car exports since the beginning of 2010 is the best performance of any decade.
Thailand’s Auto-Sales Juggernaut Loses More Steam 
An industry official attributes last month’s 29.2% sales skid to the psychological impact on consumer spending from the political turmoil earlier in the year and the resulting economic slowdown.
Thailand Tailing First-Time Car-Buyer Loan Deadbeats 
The government is seeking to recover the TB100,000 ($3,137) tax refunds paid to buyers on condition they keep their vehicles for at least five years.
Perodua Bids for Global Recognition With New Compact 
The automaker says the EEV can achieve up to 50.8 mpg and is packed with unique Malaysian features.
Annual U.K. Fuel Efficiency Competition Electrified 
Electric vehicles, extended-range EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs will compete in their own class alongside the more-conventional but increasingly fuel-efficient internal-combustion-engine models.
Survey: Automaker Sites’ Clout With Buyers Limited 
Market-research company Kantar says 63% of car shoppers do not visit an automaker’s website in the first 30 days of their online research, instead using content-led sites to consider options, prices and comparisons to determine the best deal.
Tesla Superchargers Extend EV’s Reach Across U.K. 
The EV maker says the new supercharger locations not only energize an important route between London and Manchester, but also allow Model S drivers to travel long distances from the Midlands to the capital.
Malaysia Car Sales Up 3.9% on Year Despite July Drop 
The Malaysian Automotive Assn. credits the higher year-to-date rise in car sales to aggressive sales campaigns.
U.K. Automotive Group Calls for Licensing Technicians 
Institute of the Motor Industry CEO Steve Nash says the government’s plan to have driverless cars on U.K. roads by 2015 makes the issue of licensing extremely urgent.
Diesel-Vehicle Buyers Wronged, U.K. Newspaper Claims 3
The Sun accuses the government of offering incentives to diesel buyers since 2001, only to threaten them now with harsh penalties for excessive carbon-dioxide emissions.
Jaguar Bringing E-Type Prototype to Pebble Beach
The new cars are the “missing” six vehicles from the Special GT E-Type project begun in 1963, which called for 18 cars to be built.
Hyundai Thailand Builds New Elantra Sport in Malaysia 
The automaker says better pricing resulting from preferential tariffs will allow more Thai consumers to enjoy Hyundai cars.
U.K. Launching Low-Carbon Propulsion Systems Project 
The government-industry partnership aims to secure and grow more than 30,000 U.K. jobs now involved in vehicle-powertrain R&D and production as the U.K. transitions to a low-carbon future for all modes of transportation.
Conflict Impacts July New-Vehicle Sales in Russia 
Demand usually picks up in conjunction with the Moscow auto show, which opens later this month, but officials aren’t confident that will be the case this year.
Japanese Automakers Recovering From China Turbulence 
Japanese automakers’ combined share of the Chinese market in first-half 2014 was 16.5%, a slight uptick from 16.4% a year ago, but well short of the more than 20% level before the 2012 islands dispute.
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