Alan Harman


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

Australia Gearing for Autonomous-Vehicle Trials
The vehicles will be tested on suburban roads in Adelaide, the state capital, at the same time the South Australian government hosts an international conference to discuss driverless-vehicle technology and regulation.
Online Auto Parts Purchasing on Rise in Australia
Whether someone is likely to buy these products online depends on how they feel about cars, Roy Morgan Research says.
New Shelby Mustang to Sport Oz Carbon-Fiber Wheels 
Details of Carbon Revolution’s deal with Ford have not been released, but the Australian government, presiding over the impending manufacturing departure of Ford, GM Holden and Toyota, is quick to take credit.
Latest Cars, Vans Audition for U.K. Fleet Managers
Organizers of Company Car in Action say the event attracted about 900 people with more end-user fleet decision makers than last year and an increase in the number of operators of fleets with more than 100 vehicles.
New Honda Gets 4 of 5 Stars in SE Asia Safety Tests
Another variant of the HR-V achieved a maximum 5-star rating due to the fitment of a seatbelt reminder for the front passenger, a prerequisite for five stars in the region’s safety-testing program.
Toyota Pulls Wraps Off Second-Generation Fortuner
The 7-seat SUV launches in Australia in October and then progressively in other markets this year and next.
Bridgestone Launches Indonesian Joint Venture
The tire manufacturer has hooked up with Indonesian auto-parts producer PT Astra Otoparts, holding 51% and 49% of the JV, respectively.
Malaysia’s Perodua Eyes Export of Hot-Selling Axia 
CEO Aminar Rashid Salleh says first-half Axia deliveries totaled 53,700 units – almost 50% of Perodua’s total sales, which rose 14.8% from like-2014 to 108,500.
Automakers Cut Prices in Response to Oz Tax Hike 
“Passing on benefits resulting from the changes to the luxury-car-tax threshold is a natural step,” Toyota Sales and Marketing Executive Director Tony Cramb says.
Pricing, Quality Hinder Malaysian Automakers 
“Malaysia manufactured 650,000 cars, while Thailand manufactured 2 million cars and sold half of them overseas,” International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapha Mohamed tells Parliament.
U.K. Automakers Leery of Government Tax-Reform Plan 
An industry spokesman says new technologies such as plug-in hybrids will not benefit from the tax plan’s long-term incentives, threatening the ability of the U.K. and its automotive sector to meet ever-stricter CO2 targets.
Report Underscores Automotive’s Role in U.K. Economy 
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders’ latest sustainability report confirms manufacturing output, vehicle sales, jobs and export values grew in 2014.
Russian Car-Sales Slump Eases Slightly in June 
While deliveries last month fell 29.7% to leave the Russian market’s first-half result down 36.4% from prior-year, an industry group predicts full-year sales will finish 36% behind the 2014 total.
New Zealand June LV Sales Top 31-Year-Old Record 
June sales topped the previous best for the month of 13,157 units set in 1984 and was not far short of the best result for any month of 13,983 set in July of that year.
Affordability Driving Record Oz Sales
The SUV segment saw the most growth in June, with small cars and LCVs dominating the top five segments.
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