Alan Harman


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

Malaysian Sales Static in August; Proton Quits Iran 
The Malaysian Automotive Assn. says last month’s result was up 6.5% from July thanks to industry promotions and the delivery of back orders after the restoration of the Road Transport Dept.’s online registration system.
Experts to Lead Drive Toward Safer Australian Roads
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester says the inquiry will look to improve the effectiveness of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011-2020, which aims to reduce road deaths and injuries by at least 30% by 2020.
Malaysian Automaker Proton’s CEO Stepping Down
During Ahmad Fuaad Kenali’s tenure, Proton rolled out four new models in a span of eight months, says Faisal Albar, managing director of Proton majority owner DRB-Hicom.
On-Demand Bus Service to Launch in Sydney
The Transdev Link on-demand ride service will offer commuters door-to-door transport to get to and from destinations such as bus and train stations, medical and business offices, and shopping centers. Trips can be booked by a smartphone app, online or over the phone.
European Safety Agency Lists Mobility Priorities
Euro NCAP will challenge automakers to offer the best possible technology as standard in all segments and countries, protecting not only car occupants but also taking into account the safety of other more vulnerable road users.
Camry Hybrids Mark End of Toyota’s Oz Production
Toyota cars have been built in Australia since 1963, starting with the Tiara, followed by nameplates such as Corolla, Crown and Corona. More than 2.1 million Camry vehicles have been built in Australia, the highest volume for any Toyota model produced there.
Vauxhall Builds 4 Millionth Astra Small Car
The Ellesmere Port plant has built all seven generations of the Astra, exporting more than 2 million units to 25 European markets as well as to Australia in the early years.
Poll: Family Drives Beat Leaving Kids to Own Devices
“Research tells us that car trips can provide a great social connection point, so it’s a worthwhile space and time Aussies should consider for family bonding and play,”psychologist and Australian social commentator Sabina Read says.
Russian Rally Continues With August Sales Up 16.7% 
Association of European Businesses Automobile Manufacturers Committee data shows last month’s growth – after an 18.6% jump in July – left the 8-month total up 9.6% at 980,921 units.
Brazilian Study Cites Health Benefits of Ethanol 7
“These results reinforce the need for public policies to encourage the use of biofuels, as they clearly show that the public loses in health what they save at the pump when opting for gasoline,” researcher Paulo Artaxo says.
New Zealand Light-Vehicle Sales Up 3% in August 
The Motor Industry Assn. says the August result left year-to-date sales up 11.3% at 103,771 units. CEO David Crawford says it’s earliest in the year the total has topped 100,000 units.
Wildlife Right at Home on Grounds of Ford U.K. Plant
Senior site supervisor Tony Shade says employees at the Dagenham Engine Plant help maintain and improve the surrounding habitat, keeping waterways clear, restocking fish supplies and planting more than 10,500 trees over the past 20 years.
Oz LV Sales Set Fourth Consecutive Monthly Record 
Car sales fell 8.2% in August to 35,783 units, but SUV deliveries climbed 4.7% to 38,116 and light commercial vehicles soared 16.7% to 19,542.
EV Start-Up Featured at Low-Emissions-Vehicles Event
Richie Frost, company director and chief technical officer, says Detroit Electric will use the show to announce its plans to launch a range of all-electric passenger vehicles after the recent receipt of $1.8 billion from a joint venture agreement.
Rare Oz Registration Plate Auctioned for Millions
The registration plate issued by the Australian state of New South Wales brought the gavel down at a remarkable A$2.45 million, according to Shannon Auctions.


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