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
Thai Duramax Diesels Bound for North America
Engine shipments to North America from Rayong, Thailand, will start in the third quarter. Installation in the Colorado and Canyon at GM’s plant in Wentzville, MO, will begin later this fall.
Ireland Posts Strong First Half, More of Same Expected
June car sales were down, but industry executives say that’s because buyers were waiting for second-half 2015 license plates and manufacturer incentives to come.
Ford Credit Launches Car-Sharing Program in London 
The company is working with easyCar Club in London. Renters search the easyCar Club website for a nearby car and book online. Keys are collected from the owner or are accessed from a safe, and renters return the car to the pickup location.
Honda Thailand to Unveil New-Gen CUV Prototype
Honda R&D Asia Pacific in Thailand developed the BR-V (Bold Runabout Vehicle) for the Asian market.
Honda’s Thai-Built Models Earn Environmental Honors
Honda thus far is the only automaker to win Green Label certification that indicates all of its vehicles have passed environmental regulations that cover production processes, uses and disposal as well as resource-management efficiency.
Thai Auto Sales Decline for 24th Consecutive Month 
A Toyota Thailand executive says the year-to-date sales downturn shows the economy has not fully recovered and both residential and business customers remain cautious about investing and spending. But he says the June outlook is stable.
U.K. Engine Output Slips in May
The SMMT trade group says plants are gearing up for production of new low-emission Euro 6 engines that should boost exports.
Toyota Oz Starts Production Stretch Run in Black
Profits for the year ended March 31 came even as the company incurred A$66 million of restructuring costs owing to the 2014 decision to stop Australian manufacturing and consolidate corporate operations by the end of 2017.
Lotus Cars Relocating U.S. Headquarters to Michigan
The U.K.-headquartered sports car maker says the move from Lawrenceville, GA, to share facilities with Lotus Engineering in Ann Arbor, MI, puts it at the heart of the U.S. auto industry.
Malaysia’s May Sales Dip; Proton, Suzuki Do R&D Deal 
The May result saw new-car sales drop 8.0% to 45,874 units for a 5-month total down 3.7% at 235,838. The much smaller commercial-vehicle segment fell 11.5% to 5,380 units for a year-to-date total off 2.7% at 28,909.
JLR Researchers Getting Inside Drivers’ Heads 
The automaker’s JLR Sixth Sense research borrows advanced sports, medicine and aerospace technology to monitor the driver’s heart rate, respiration and levels of brain activity to identify stress, fatigue and lack of concentration.
South Korea’s Kia Closing In on 15 Million Exports
The Hyundai Motors affiliate has expanded annual production capacity in South Korea from 800,000 units in 2000 to 1.7 million in 2014 with more than 70% of domestic output exported.
Smartphone Remote Control Belies ‘Hang Up and Drive’
Future possibilities for the JLR technology could include greater autonomous functionality where the driver gives a command from the handset to traverse an obstacle or exit a parking space, and the car does the rest.
JLR Technology ‘Reads’ Roads to Spot Potholes 
JLR’s Mike Bell says the Range Rover Evoque research vehicle can identify the location and severity of road hazards and adjust the suspension in milliseconds. The automaker believes the information could be shared with other road users.
Australians Safer Thanks to ANCAP, Group Says
About 40% of the distance traveled in vehicles this year in Australia will be in 5-star cars, the safety agency says, predicting this will increase to nearly 70% by 2020.
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