Alan Harman


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

Green Colors Millennials’ Views on Car Ownership
Of 2,500 Millennials surveyed, 77% currently own cars and nearly two-of-three say they likely will buy a hybrid car in the next 10 years and more than half say they would buy an EV in that time span.
Thailand’s 2016 Sales Inch Into Positive Territory 
August new-vehicle sales rose 2.5%, lifting the year-to-date result into positive territory at 0.2%.
Public-Private Partnership Focused on Green Energy
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization’s center will be a hub for researchers and industry to identify, improve and apply energy technologies.
New Zealand Extends Tax Exemption for EV Drivers
Light EVs are exempt from paying road-user charges otherwise applied to vehicles that don’t pay for gasoline at the pump. The exemption is being extended to Dec. 31, 2021 as part of the government’s pro-EV initiative.
August Result Slows Malaysia’s Yearlong Sales Slide 
The Malaysian Automotive Assn. expects the September result to roughly match that of August, helped by the launch of more new models and aggressive sales campaigns by automakers.
Land Rover Turns to Tykes for Discovery Tweaks
With thousands of hours of development going into creating the new Land Rover Discovery SUV, chief engineer Alex Heslop says there’s no better insight into the needs of the modern family than the firsthand experience JLR designers glean at home.
U.K. Insurers Outline Autonomous-Vehicle Policies 1
The Association of British Insurers and the Thatcham research group call for procedures for collecting and sharing autonomous-vehicle data so people involved in accidents receive compensation and help without delay.
Myanmar Car Importers Irked By Government Inaction
The importers’ complaints come amid word that only 150 of the more than 200 auto showrooms in Myanmar, formerly called Burma, are active.
All-Terrain Ox Designed to Serve Developing World
The Ox can be flat-packed within itself, allowing more-efficient shipping. It takes three people less than six hours to create the flat pack, six of which can be shipped in a cube container to the importing country for assembly.
Toyota Plans to Build ASEAN Hybrid-Battery Plant
Toyota is promoting plug-in hybrids in the ASEAN region including Thailand, where sales of this type of vehicle are highest within the trade bloc. But it believes reducing battery costs is key to building PHEV demand.
Electronics Giant Harman Building Anti-Hacking Wall
Harman has devised a security framework consisting of a series of layers that protects the car’s head unit from being compromised and used as a portal into the in-vehicle network.
Industry Searches for Hope for Ailing Russian Market 
Chairman Joerg Schreiber of the Association of European Businesses’ Automobile Manufacturers Committee notes overall sales have stopped falling below the lowest-ever levels reached in 2009.
Oz Drift Confounds Autonomous Carsʼ GPS Dependency
While a shift of 4.3 ft. in the past 22 years might not mean much to people using navigation devices to find the shortest way from Point A to Point B, it is a big deal to automakers whose products rely on GPS navigation systems to get about.
New Zealand Market Continues at Record Pace 
August sales, up 13.3% to 12,677 units, were the highest for the month since 1984.
Grad Program Secures Ford Australia’s Global Role
The 2-year development program is part of Ford’s campaign to stay relevant to Australian vehicle buyers after the automaker abandons local production Oct. 7.


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