Alan Harman


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

Engineers Group Says GM Holden Layoffs Costly to Oz 
“With very few jobs on the local landscape, we run the very big risk of a significant ‘brain drain’ as these (engineers) are forced to go overseas for work,” union official Sharelle Herrington says.
Bentley Mulsanne Speed Packs More Punch
The new model features a tweaked version of Bentley’s venerable 6.75L V-8 that is 13% more efficient and drives the car to a segment-leading top speed of 190 mph.
Revival of Seatbelt Interlock Could Save Lives, Researchers Say 
The researchers found that by 2030 there would be a potential 2% reduction in injuries requiring hospital admission and a 7% reduction in fatalities.
China-U.S. Agreement Boosts Zero-Emissions Vehicles 
The alliance aims to help expand the global market for zero-emissions vehicles by providing intellectual support for design of ZEV policies and analysis of consumer markets, including demand for different types of ZEV technologies.
Toyota Australia Undertakes Shake-Down Cruise 
Driving such vehicles as the Corolla, Land Cruiser and HiLux across the Australian continent is expected to help the participants refine and strengthen their intuition in developing vehicles by experiencing every conceivable driving surface.
Mustang Interest Topping Expectations at Ford Australia
Due to hit the market next year, the new model marks the first time the venerable pony car will be available in right-hand drive.
New Falcon to Take Artistic Turn
Debut of the new Australian-market model at a local art gallery is aimed at challenging and changing buyer perceptions of Ford, an executive says.
Entry-Level Viva Expands Vauxhall’s A-Segment Range
Industry reports say the Viva will be based on the South Korean-designed and -built Chevrolet Spark.
Buyer Satisfaction Falls in Thailand, Japan; Up in Indonesia, Philippines 
Thai buyers are less satisfied with the deal and the process it takes to purchase their new vehicle, J.D. Power says.
Ford Australia Hones Cutting-Edge Tech for Dealers 
“While we are re-inventing the dealership experience, many customers will actually find it very familiar to the technology they use every day or even from online shopping,” Ford Australia executive Graeme Whickman says.
Russian New-Car Sales Tailspin Continues in August 
The industry is hoping a recently announced government incentive for the scrappage and trade-in of used vehicles will break the market’s fall.
New, Used Imports Key Issues in Oz Vehicle Law Review 
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries CEO Tony Weber says the industry group hopes the government has ‟no intention of allowing Australia to become the dumping ground for other countries’ old secondhand vehicles.”
Honda Top Recipient of Inaugural ASEAN Safety Awards 
Eighteen automakers participated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations NCAP awards program recognizing the high achievers and promoting competition to produce safer vehicles.
New Zealand Vehicle Sales Hit 30-Year High in August 
Year-to-date sales of new CVs reached an unprecedented level, jumping 21% to 24,200 units. New-car deliveries were up 9.6% to 58,419.
August LV Sales Reflect Improving U.K. Economy 
Ford of Britain Chairman and Managing Director Mark Ovenden says the automaker is building strong sales momentum heading into September, when demand significantly increases due to the biannual registration-plate change.
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