Alan Harman


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

Eight U.K. Cities Share Millions for EV Incentives
Initiatives proposed by the Go Ultra Low cities are aimed at raising plug-in car numbers in the UK by about 100,000 by 2020.
New-Car Deliveries Off to Hot 2016 Start in U.K.
Alternative-fuel vehicle sales rose 32.1% year-on-year and accounted for a record 3.6% of the market.
U.K. Car Production Hits 10-Year High in 2015 
The economic recovery in Europe, the U.K.’s biggest trading partner, boosted demand for U.K.-built cars 11.3% in 2015 and now accounts for 57.5% of all car exports from the region.
SUVs Drive Oz January New-Vehicle Sales Up 2.7% 
For the first time, no Australian-made car made the list of top 10 best-selling vehicles. The Holden Commodore led the local pack with 1,242 units, good for only 15th place.
It’s Land Rover Defender’s Last Stand as Long Production Run Ends
What began as simply a line drawing in the sand went on to become one of the world’s most iconic 4x4s, earning the accolade of being the most versatile vehicle on the planet.
Irish Dealers Seek Help as Sales Soar
Every additional 1,000 vehicles sold creates about 130 jobs.
Malaysia Eked Out Sales Record in 2015, But Drop Seen for 2016 
Economic pressures, the weakening ringgit, vehicle price increases and the tightening of credit approvals are expected to temper market demand this year.
Oz Grants to Help Auto Suppliers Recalibrate
Ten parts makers will receive grants ranging from A$101,691-A$1 million to help them move into new business sectors.
Thai Market Expected to Continue Decline in 2016 
New-vehicle sales will remain below the 800,000 mark this year, forecasters say, as global economic conditions and continued high household debt keep consumers out of a buying mood.
Ford Lands Big SUV, Van Order From U.K. Police Agencies 2
Ford direct-sales manager Terry Adams says the Kuga has established itself as emergency services’ rural beat car of choice with all-important all-wheel drive necessary for winter conditions.
U.K. Insurers Examining Autonomous-Car Policies
A group drawn from Automated Driving Insurer Group, including 11 U.K. insurers and led by the Association of British Insurers and Thatcham Research, already has studied who could be held liable after an accident: drivers, automakers, system developers, car dealers, car-maintenance firms or a combination.
Russian 2015 Auto Sales Off 35.7%; 2016 Forecast Dim
An industry group predicts 2016 sales will reach 1.53 million units, down 5.2% from 2015, assuming no major revisions to government aid to the automotive sector.
Survey Shows U.K. Motorists Wary of Driverless Cars
Some 49% of 2,000 motorists surveyed say they simply mistrust the concept of a self-driving car and 20% say the concept scares them.
Record-Smashing Year for U.K. Light-Vehicle Sales 
The annual result broke the record set in 2003 when 2,579,050 units were sold, and it was only the fourth time the market topped 2.5 million units in a full year.
Rolls-Royce Road-Testing Aluminum Architecture
The testing phase aims to ensure the new space-frame structure delivers Rolls-Royce’s trademark “magic-carpet ride” on a variety of surfaces.

Feb 10, 2016

GM 3.6L V-6 -- 2016 Award Acceptance

General Motors accepts its award at the 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony, held Jan. 13 in Detroit....More


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