Alan Harman

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
Mitsubishi to Update Japan R&D Operations
The ¥33 billion investment will include an upgrade of its Okazaki wind tunnel, set for completion in early 2020.
Tata Aims to Build on Recent Truck Gains in Thailand
Assembly will begin at the Bangchan General Assembly plant after installation of equipment at a cost the Bangkok Post puts at TB500 million. The plant will have a capacity of 8,000 Tata Xenon pickups and 2,500 Tata Super Mint pickups.
Up-Down Sales Trend Continues in Malaysia in April 
Manufacturers cut production by 16.0% in April, as sales fell off from March levels.
Thai New-Vehicle Sales Take Double-Digit Jump in April 
Car sales rose 23.2% for the month to 25,493 units, while commercial-vehicle deliveries climbed 10.1% to 37,774 units.
Study: Lab Tests Underestimate Nitrogen Oxide Levels 5
The diesel vehicles studied emitted 13.2 million tons of nitrogen oxide under real-world driving conditions, which is nearly 4.6 million tons more than the 8.6 million tons expected from the vehicles’ performance under official laboratory tests.
Ads Entice 24% of U.K. New-Car Buyers, Survey Shows
The survey by The Motor Ombudsman, the U.K.'s government-backed, self-regulatory body for the auto industry, shows that among men, 24.7% said their purchase was influenced by an ad, while among women it was 20.3%.
Older Cars Fare Poorly in Australasian Crash Tests
The analysis of vehicles in the region comprising Australia, New Zealand and Melanesia shows that while older models built before 2000 account for just 20% of the registered vehicle fleet, but are involved in 33% of fatal crashes.
Japanese-Vehicle Sales Spat Goes to Cambodian Court
Tan Chong Motor says its subsidiary ETCM signed a distribution deal for the exclusive right to distribute completely-built-up Nissan vehicles in Cambodia. Tan Chong says it took over the distributorship from Denmark-based Kjaer Group, which previously had named Narita Motorcare its non-exclusive dealer for Nissan vehicles.
First Car Busted for Speeding Featured at U.K. Show
Mercedes dealer Walter Arnold was traveling 8 mph, four times the speed limit, and was chased down by a policeman on a bicycle. The law at the time limited cars to 2 mph and required a man waving a red flag walk ahead of them.
Oz Researchers Working to Grow Hydrogen Availability
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organization’s membrane-reactor technology will fill the gap between hydrogen production, distribution and delivery in the form of a module that can be used at or near a refueling station.
Oz Government to Review Road Safety As Deaths Rise
Australian road deaths have increased for the past two years after decades of decline. There were 1,289 fatalities last year, 1,290 in 2015 and 1,153 in 2014 – the lowest total in the previous 47 years.
Company Plays EV-Charging Matchmaker
Chargie allows EV drivers to access the wall-mounted chargepoints of other EV owners at homes across the U.K. who are signed up to the service.
Russia New-Vehicle Market Comeback Remains Fragile 
Lada topped the market with April deliveries rising 6.8% to 26,337 units for a 4-month total up 7.7% at 87,784.
Special Edition Commodore Buyers Go By Numbers
Along with their car’s selected build number, GM Holden is giving each ’17 Commodore customer photographs of their car on the Adelaide production line.
Nissan’s 19th-Century Tech Fights Distracted Driving 1
When an electronic device such as a smartphone is placed inside an armrest lined with a Faraday cage, incoming electromagnetic signals – such as cellular or Bluetooth data – are distributed across the cage’s external conducting material and blocked from reaching the device.
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