Alan Harman


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

Market Leader Honda Opens Thailand Proving Ground
The Prachinburi Proving Ground is a comprehensive test course designed for the Asia & Oceania region. It makes Thailand only the third country where Honda has proving grounds, after Japan and the U.S.
London Taxi Rechristened as London Electric Vehicle
The subsidiary of Chinese automaker Geely reveals the production-ready version of the new London Taxi – the electric TX – whose battery-electric powertrain and small gasoline generator give it a range of more than 400 miles.
Volvo, Geely to Collaborate on EVs
A new 50/50 JV will be headquartered in China and allow technology to be shared by Volvo, Geely and Lynk vehicles.
U.K. Auto Sector Scores Well in Online Performance
A digital excellence study by marketer Auto Trader finds 37% of consumers scored the automotive sites a nine or 10, placing the sector above the cross-industry average of 35%.
Survey Finds Australians’ Car-Buying Fever Breaking
Roy Morgan Research says consumer confidence is often a key driver of car-buying intention and Australians are less confident about their finances now than they were at the beginning of 2017.
Irish New-Car Sales Backslide 10% in First-Half 2017 
A year ago, first-half new-car sales were up 26% from prior-year, but since then there has been the U.K. vote to leave the EU, an indecisive U.K. general election and the uncertainty of the Trump presidency in the U.S.
Russia Sales Rise 15% in June, Up 6.9% in First Half 
Market leader Lada’s first-half sales rose 13% to 140,231 units, ahead of Kia, up 22% at 85,189, and Hyundai, ahead 10% at 70,588. Ford’s 6-month result was up 6% at 21,907 units, while Chevrolet edged ahead 1% at 14,889.
Jaguar Hits Performance Peak With XE SV Project 8
Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations says the second Collector’s Edition by SVO – following the F-Type Project 7 of 2014 – is a hand-built 4-door sedan with supercar performance.
Mazda Thailand Posts 100,000 Sales, Credits Skyactiv
Mazda says it is seeing tremendous growth in the Thai market thanks to the introduction of its sixth generation of cars that come with Skyactiv technology.
U.K. Auto Industry Not Rattled By First-Half Slip 
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says demand is stabilizing after a record first quarter and the subsequent market turbulence caused by vehicle-excise duty changes. The market now is more in line with 2017 forecasts, it says.
New Zealand LV Sales Set Monthly Record in June 
A boost from the agricultural sector helped push first-half sales to 79,131 units, up 14.5% from year-ago’s 69,134.
Australian Dealers Move LVs at Record Rate in June 
The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries says SUV and light-commercial vehicle sales provided the impetus for a third straight record June. SUV sales rose 11.7% and LCV deliveries increased 12.2% to offset a 5.9% slip in car purchases.
Exports Exceed Domestic U.K. Engine Output in May
With five months of the year completed, the domestic build was up 3.4% at 503,068 units and export production was ahead 6.0% at 669,855. It’s the first time output for the home market has topped half a million units by June.
McLaren Profitability, Sales Accelerated in 2016
Last year’s strong financial performance was driven by record sales, up 99% at 3,286 units, with all geographic regions achieving sales growth. North America remained McLaren’s single largest market, with deliveries up 106% at 1,139 units.
U.K. Law Would Require EV Charging at Gas Stations
The legislation will allow the government to require the installation of charge points for electric and hydrogen vehicles at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers, and to establish common technical and operational standards.


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