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
Thailand Opens New Year With Double-Digit Sales Jump 
Toyota Thailand Vice President Vudhigorn Suriyachantananont says January sales were helped by a government economic-stimulus package, rising agricultural exports and prices and increased consumer spending during New Year festivities.
Malaysian January LV Sales Down 31% from December 
The Malaysian Automotive Assn. expects February deliveries to fall short of January’s total. It says this will be because a short working month due to the post-Chinese New Year holidays.
Ford Working to Advance Pothole-Dodging Technology
In the U.K., a pothole damage claim is received by local authorities every 17 minutes – with claims averaging £432, the automaker says.
Volvo Car’s U.K. Branch Recruiting 300 Technicians
The near-50% increase in hires would give each of Volvo’s 119 U.K. dealerships eight technicians on average by 2020.
U.K. Doctors Call for Phase-Out of Diesel Vehicles
The newly formed group of health professionals is campaigning for greater awareness of the health impacts of diesel emissions and for immediate action to reduce the number of diesel vehicles.
Big Tax Credits Await Partner of Malaysia’s Proton
A newspaper report says years of massive losses “are also making Proton an attractive acquisition target for foreign strategic partners like China’s Geely Automobile Holdings and France’s PSA Group.”
Driverless Airport Shuttle Tested in New Zealand
The 2-year trial of the 15-person Arma shuttle is being conducted on private roads on airport grounds with the long-term aim of moving to public roads once safety issues have been assessed.
U.K. Supercar Maker to Join Ranks of U.S. Producers
Briggs Automotive previously worked with U.S. distributors but is employing a direct OEM strategy to bring factory assembly, sales and maintenance services to the U.S.
DRB-Hicom Awaits Potential Partners’ Bids for Proton
The Malaysian government requires Proton to find a strategic partner as a condition of a 1.5 billion ringgit soft loan issued last year.
Website Lets Oz Consumers Report Knockoff Car Parts
Launched by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, the website aims to help investigators detect and seize counterfeit car parts. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is cooperating in the crackdown.
Toyota Australia Punches Above Weight Globally
Toyota Australia says figures released by its parent company show it sold 8.9 cars for every 1,000 Australians in 2016, compared with 7.7 per 1,000 Americans. The totals include Toyota’s Lexus luxury brand.
Russian Car Sales Slip 5% Year-on-Year in January 
“After a very slow first two weeks, customer activity has been picking up visibly and consistently across the industry starting from the middle of the month,” says Joerg Schreiber, chairman of the Association of European Businesses Automobile Manufacturers Committee.
U.K. Market Posts Best January Result Since 2005
Sales of gasoline-powered light vehicles rose 8.9% last month, while diesel deliveries fell 4.3% and alternatively fueled vehicles sold at a rate 19.9% ahead of like-2016.
Australian LV Market Grows in January on SUV Power 
SUVs account for 40.2% of the Australian market, compared with cars’ 41.1% share.
Euro NCAP Testing Saving Lives, Backers Say
Thatcham Research, which conducts U.K. crash tests for Euro NCAP, estimates that advances driven by rigorous testing have helped deliver a 63% reduction in car occupants killed and seriously injured annually since 1997.
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