Alan Harman


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

Toyota to Expand, Upgrade Retail Outlets in Malaysia 
UMW Toyota says it will need more dealer showrooms to hit its target of a 15% market share.
Oz Auto Industry Decries Planned Cuts in Subsidies 
Australia’s Industry Minister says that in light of plans by local automakers GM Holden, Ford and Toyota planning to cease manufacturing in Australia by the end of 2017, the government finds it appropriate to terminate the assistance program.
U.K. Automakers Downplay August Production Drop 
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders CEO Mike Hawes says August typically is the slowest month of the year and some key plants took additional shutdown time compared with last year.
BMW U.K. Looks to Cultivate Young Women Technicians 
The program is part of BMW’s Girls Go Technical initiative encouraging females aged 15-24 to consider a technical career in automotive manufacturing.
Out With the Old, Would-Be U.K. Car Buyers Say 
“We have seen both used- and new-car sales grow significantly over the past year,” Experian Automotive consultant Andrew Ballard says. “While running costs still play a role, a desire for change came out as a bigger driver.”
Bullish Indonesian Automakers Raise Production Bar 
Budi Darmadi, the Industry Ministry’s director general for high-technology industries, says production capacity is surging as a result of investment over the past two years.
Infiniti Designers Tap London Buzz for Inspiration 
Infiniti Design London is the first in a network of global design studios planned by the Nissan luxury brand as it gears up for a new-product offensive over the next five years, including an all-new model to be manufactured in the U.K.
Thai New-Vehicle Sales Continued Slide in August 
The car market is off 46.0% year-to-date at 243,387 units, while the CV segment is down 31.3% at 335,886, including a 34.1% drop in 1-ton pickup sales to 243,459 units.
Money to Be Saved If Cars Leave Cities 
If people switched to mass transit, bicycles and walking in cities, it would cut down on pollution and trillions of dollars in infrastructure costs, a new study concludes.
Malaysia Car Sales Steady, Output Jumps in August 
Year-to-date car sales climbed 3.4% to 395,255 units and, despite the August increase, left CV deliveries down 3.3% to 49,279.
Engineers Group Says GM Holden Layoffs Costly to Oz 
“With very few jobs on the local landscape, we run the very big risk of a significant ‘brain drain’ as these (engineers) are forced to go overseas for work,” union official Sharelle Herrington says.
Bentley Mulsanne Speed Packs More Punch
The new model features a tweaked version of Bentley’s venerable 6.75L V-8 that is 13% more efficient and drives the car to a segment-leading top speed of 190 mph.
Revival of Seatbelt Interlock Could Save Lives, Researchers Say 
The researchers found that by 2030 there would be a potential 2% reduction in injuries requiring hospital admission and a 7% reduction in fatalities.
China-U.S. Agreement Boosts Zero-Emissions Vehicles 
The alliance aims to help expand the global market for zero-emissions vehicles by providing intellectual support for design of ZEV policies and analysis of consumer markets, including demand for different types of ZEV technologies.
Toyota Australia Undertakes Shake-Down Cruise 
Driving such vehicles as the Corolla, Land Cruiser and HiLux across the Australian continent is expected to help the participants refine and strengthen their intuition in developing vehicles by experiencing every conceivable driving surface.
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