Alan Harman

Alan
Harman
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
U.K. Company Rolls Out Peer-to-Peer EV Charging
Bookmycharge.com works in a way similar to Airbnb by bringing together those with chargepoints and those wanting to charge, taking reservations and payments via its website. The cost is a flat-rate amount set by the chargepoint owner.
Takeover Bid for Malaysian Automaker Perodua Stalls
MBM Resources shareholders Med-Bumikar Mara and its wholly owned subsidiary, Central Shore, separately rejected UMW Holdings’ offer for their collective 50.07% holding in MBM.
EU Looks to Restore Momentum to Push for Safer Roads
With an average of 49 road fatalities per 1 million inhabitants, compared with 174 deaths per million globally, the European Commission says roads in the region are among the world’s safest. But the EC says renewed efforts to make roads even safer are needed.
Honda Retools Brazil Operations As Market Recovers
Honda Automoveis do Brasil, the automaker’s Brazilian automobile production and sales subsidiary, builds Fit, City, WR-V, HR-V and Civic vehicles with annual production capacity of 120,000 units.
Study Finds Internet First Stop for Oz Car Shoppers
Roy Morgan researchers say 45% consider search engines such as Google the most valuable source of information, followed by specific websites (24.9%), newspapers (10.7%), television (5.4%) and magazines (4.1%).
Chinese Automaker Begins Building $1 Billion Plant
The Yangchuan plant will be the production hub for the Haval H9, described by Haval as an all-wheel-drive pickup/utility vehicle. Production is to launch in late 2019, with an initial annual capacity of 250,000 units.
Discounts Abound as U.K. Dealers Scramble for Sales
Industry consumer watchdog What Car? says the average discount available across all car sectors stands at a 12-month high of 8.4% or £2,560 ($3,600) a vehicle.
New Zealand Orders Takata Airbag-Related Recall
Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi says the new recall is focused on Alpha-type Takata airbags because they present the highest safety risk to drivers and passengers.
Volvo Cars to Make ‘Smartphone on Wheels’ in Belgium
“We see a big potential for this new brand entering the European market, and we are happy to give Lynk & Co. the support of Volvo’s technological and industrial expertise,” Volvo President and CEO Håkan Samuelsson says.
U.K. Regulator Scrutinizes Auto-Financing Practices
The Financial Conduct Authority is looking at whether the information provided to potential auto-finance customers is sufficiently clear and transparent, so they can understand the risks involved and make informed decisions.
VW’s Roster of EVs, SUVs in China Growing
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess says the automaker’s China product range is to be entirely renewed and expanded by 2020, with nine new models launching this year.
Nissan Targets 1 Million EV Sales Annually By 2022
Under the automaker’s midterm electrification plan it will develop eight new all-electric vehicles, launch an EV in China under different brands; introduce an electric “kei” mini-vehicle in Japan; offer a global crossover EV; and electrify new Infiniti models from fiscal year 2021.
X Marks Starting Point in Vote on New Proton’s Name
The national automaker is offering four voting options online: X7, PX7, X70 and X700. Malaysians can come up with another name, subject to a number of restrictions, if those four don’t resonate.
Oz-China Research Partnership to Help Vehicles ‘See’
The Australian government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s Data61 and Chinese technology company ZongMu will work to prevent vehicle-pedestrian collisions by equipping vehicles with computer vision.
Gasoline Loses Ground Among Oz Car Shoppers
Australia’s share of new-vehicle sales with gasoline engines last year was 75.3%. Among intending buyers over the next four years, only 61.9% think their next vehicle likely will be gasoline-powered.
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