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 by Alan Harman
Malaysian Light-Vehicle Sales Edge Up 2.2% in March 
An industry group predicts April sales will hold at the current level, crediting the improvement in part to new-model introductions and a longer working month.
BMW on Oz Subsidies for EV: It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask 
Even if BMW is denied government help in lowering the i3’s price, the automaker believes the car will succeed because it will be available both as an all-electric vehicle and as an EV with a range extender.
Ford Pledges to Ride Out Thailand’s Political Storm 
Ford ASEAN President Matt Bradley reaffirms the automaker’s commitment to Thailand with its application to join Phase 2 of the country’s eco-car project.
Malaysian Automotive Investments Gaining Traction 
The government says Honda and Mazda are increasing spending and a Daihatsu-owned components maker is on its way, but questions surround the company granted the country’s first energy-efficient vehicle license.
Auto Industry at Risk If U.K. Quits EU, Report Warns 
The new report by consultants KPMG says access to the single market is fundamental to U.K. vehicle manufacturing, supporting sales and facilitating supply-chain growth.
Virtual-Reality Lab Crystal Ball for Ford Oz Techies 
Virtual technology will be vital in helping deliver improved quality and customer experiences as Ford grows its global lineup of vehicles.
Indonesia’s Low-Cost Green Cars Cause Policy Stir 
The LCGC policy was launched last year as a way to bring more affordable cars to Indonesia’s consumer class. But buyers are filling up with subsidized fuel, and that’s seen as potentially damaging the vehicles and taxing the country’s treasury.
Industry Feeling Effects of Political Turmoil in Thailand 
The Bangkok Post reports the government does not have the money to pay the refunds to all eligible under its first-car buyers’ scheme.
Russian LV Sales Comeback No Sure Bet, Industry Says 
The pace of declining sales again slowed in March, but automakers’ spokesman Joerg Schreiber says the recovery may have reflected ‟one-time effects” that could curtail second-quarter demand.
Oz-Japan FTA Expected to Lower Car Prices for Consumers 
The Australian auto industry has been calling for the removal of import tariffs on all imported vehicles. The FTA will come into effect later this year.
Plant, Car, Track Targets of Perodua’s Spending Plan 
Perodua’s 5-year strategic roadmap to enhance global competitiveness reportedly involves product innovation, research and development, procurement and production.
U.K. Light-Vehicle Market Maintains Momentum in March 
March typically is the region’s biggest sales month of the year, and the latest numbers pushed first-quarter results up 13.7% to 688,122 units.
Oz Market Decline Slows as Debate on Used Imports Heats Up; NZ Sales Jump 
With the market perched precariously on the downside, the Victoria Automotive Chamber of Commerce is demanding to know if the federal government is going to lower import restrictions on used vehicles.
Automakers Line Up for Thai Eco-Car Approval 
Among those expected to sign on to build the fuel-efficient, low-cost cars in return for tax breaks are Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Ford and General Motors.
Commodore VF Sales Belie End of GM Holden Production 
February sales of the fullsize model were up 60% year-on-year to 2,777 units and 52% for the year’s first two months.
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