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
U.K.’s November LV Output Slips Below Break-Even 
Car production for the U.K. market jumped 31.8%, but the overall November result dipped into negative territory thanks to a 6.2% drop in builds for export.
Costs Down, So Subaru Australia Cuts Prices 
A more favorable exchange rate, pending free-trade agreement and manufacturing efficiency gains have enabled the automaker to slash stickers up to 12.8%.
Raise Bar on London Clean-Air Plan, Automakers Say 
Citing rapid progress in clean-diesel technology, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is asking Transport for London to enforce the same emissions standards for gasoline and diesel vehicles.
Small-Car Policy Driving Industry Growth in Malaysia
The National Automotive Policy aims to promote the creation of a competitive automotive industry in terms of employment, technology development and supply-chain improvement.
Oz Automakers, Independent Shops in Truce on Vehicle Repairs 
The new pact follows a Treasury Dept. review that found no evidence of consumers would be hurt by broader access to service and repair information in the automotive industry.
Ford Australia Profiling Potential Mustang Buyers 
The pre-ordering system allows Australian dealerships to capture details of potential Mustang buyers. It also will help dealers identify customers who may have been drawn by the new car but are more likely to choose another Ford model.
Research Finds New Dimension in Fuel-Cell Efficiency 
The discovery makes monolayers of graphene, and its sister material boron nitride, attractive for possible uses as proton-conducting membranes, which are at the heart of modern fuel-cell technology.
Thai Government Offers Encouragement to Automakers 
Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukvanich says upcoming excise-tax changes will lower retail prices of eco-cars and hybrids. The new tax will be based on carbon-dioxide emissions, E-85 compatibility and fuel efficiency instead of engine size.
Ford, GM Holden Woo Oz Buyers as Production Era Ends 
The core of Ford’s transformation is its dealerships’ evolution with modern customer trends, while GM Holden’s new Customer Council is designed to facilitate direct feedback on the automaker’s products and customer service.
Study Touts Value of U.K. Vehicle Rental, Leasing 
The industry-funded study claims the sector generates about £5.2 billion in annual tax revenue and supports total employment equivalent of one in every 88 workers in the U.K.
Russian LV Sales Free-Fall Checked in November 
“Retail demand has been extraordinary in recent weeks, helped by government subsidies and consumers rushing to get ahead of widely anticipated new-year price increases,” industry spokesman Joerg Schreiber says.
Automaker Websites Top U.K. Company-Car Shopping Tool 
Among 20 sources offered, 42% of 2,200 survey respondents say they used an automaker website as a source when searching for a new company car.
Ranger Outrunning Hilux in NZ Pickup Sales Race 
The Ranger is within striking distance of New Zealand’s top-selling light vehicle, the Toyota Corolla, with only 26 units separating them through October.
U.K. Sales Top 2013 Mark With One Month to Go  1
Economic confidence is driving the market, where demand has outpaced year-ago levels for 33 consecutive months.
New Investment on Tap for Bentley
An expansion plan will add a new styling studio and technical workshop, plus create another 300 jobs in engineering, manufacturing, quality and marketing.
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