Alan Harman


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

Ford’s U.K. Engine Plant Passes Milestone
More than 700,000 engines were built at Ford’s Bridgend operation last year, 80% of which were exported.
LCVs Big and Small Put Through Paces at U.K. Event
Event Director Rob James says DRIVEit@ is more than just an exhibition; it is a live, interactive event aimed at everyone from van drivers to fleet managers.
Emergency Braking Works, U.K. Accident Data Shows
An insurance group reports dramatic drops in personal-injury claims in Volkswagens equipped with the technology, which the automaker expects to expand to other models in its lineup.
Mazda Parts-Distribution Hub to Serve Export Markets 
The center, operated by a joint venture between Mazda Sales Thailand and Yusen Logistics Thailand, stocks up to 53,000 Mazda parts worth more than TB360 million.
Thailand, Malaysia Charge Ahead With EV Plans  1
A Malaysian government official says the JV between Chinese automaker BAIC and local manufacturer Amber Dual aims to penetrate the Southeast Asian market with its population of 550 million people.
April Cruelest Month Yet for Russian LV Sales 
A spokesman says April marked a new low point in the 10 years the Association of European Businesses has tracked auto sales.
Hands Off If Not Talking Hands-Free, Oz Drivers Say 
Some 70% of drivers say they would support big increases in fines and penalties for those who flout the laws on texting or talking on mobile phones.
Philippines LV Sales Shatter Quarterly Record 
An industry spokesman says automakers are confident they will reach their 310,000-unit sales target for the full year as volume is expected to grow in coming months.
GM Thailand Names First Woman Assistant Plant Manager 
Juanita Alcantara began her career with GM as a manufacturing engineer at GM Holden Australia. She has since held various positions involving facility installation, project management and product program introductions.
Aston Martin Planting Seed Money for Luxury CUV 
The plan to enter the luxury GT CUV market will see the introduction of a new vehicle based on the DBX concept shown at the recent Geneva and Shanghai auto shows.
April Sales Keep Oz on Pace to Top 2013 Record 
Analysts had expected a slow April, but SUV sales climbed 17% year-over-year and light-commercial deliveries rose 3.4%, enough to offset a 10.3% drop in car sales.
April New Zealand’s Best LV Sales Month Since 1989 
The 4-month car-sales tally was at 30,482 units, while the CV sector was ahead 13.6% at a record 12,063.
U.K. Safety Group Warns of Dangers of Cozy Cars 
The Institute of Advanced Motorists says efforts to reduce distracted driving are being undone by the relentless pace of technology and manufacturers’ eagerness to pack more gadgets onto dashboards.
Consultant Urges Stronger Links in Supply Chain 
Emergency-logistics expert Brad Brennan says it is vital for manufacturers to safeguard processes against potential disruption to avoid costly financial and reputational penalties.
CO2 Tailpipe Emissions Sink to All-Time Low in U.K. 
The report shows that in 2014, 68.6% of new U.K. cars met or fell under the 130-g/km EU threshold, compared with just 0.9% in 2000, with buyers of these cars benefiting from the zero first-year vehicle-excise-duty rate.
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