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. to Test Wireless Recharging for EVs, Hybrids
The trials, expected to begin later this year, involve fitting vehicles with wireless technology and testing equipment installed underneath the road to replicate highway conditions.
July Marks 26th Straight Month of Thai Sales Slide 
After seven months, the Thai market was down 15.8% at 429,972 deliveries. Car sales were down 20.8% and the CV segment was off 12.2%.
Malaysia July Sales Down From Year-Ago, Up From June 
In line with falling sales, Malaysian production eased fractionally to 40,655 units in July from a year-earlier 41,012.
Ford Prepping Mustang for November Arrival in U.K.
Some 80% of U.K. customers are opting for the fastback body style over the convertible and 70% want the 416-hp 5.0L V-8 over the more fuel-efficient 317-hp 2.3L EcoBoost engine.
Honda Reveals BR-V Prototype at Indonesia Show
The BR-V is scheduled to be marketed first in Indonesia early next year and then in other countries. Production starts in January.
Oz Cars Need Standard Safety Features, Advocates Say 
The auto-safety and medical groups are unhappy that while autonomous emergency braking is standard on new cars in Europe, Japan, and the U.S., it is a costly option in Australia or not offered at all.
Researchers Look to Keep Wildlife Out of Harm’s Way 
Although picture-based warning signs outperformed word-based warning signs, both RADS versions caused drivers to reduce their speed and brake earlier.
Toyota SUV Tops Chinese Model in Safety Tests 
Of the seven SUVs crash-tested by ASEAN NCAP, the Rush is the first Toyota model. The vehicle tested is built in Indonesia, and although electronic stability control was not available, antilock braking is standard across all variants.
July U.K. Car, Engine Output Down by Double Digits
Industry spokesman Mike Hawes says the July decline reflected the normal cyclical falls in output during the summer months, when most manufacturers suspend production to conduct plant maintenance, upgrades and retooling.
Trends Look Good for New-Car Sales in Australia 
Australians in the market for a new car in the next 12 months now number 624,000, compared with 608,000 the same time last year, Roy Morgan Research says.
U.K. Buyers Happy With Their Plug-Ins
Despite early predictions that EVs only would be driven short distances, recent research in the U.K. and other countries indicates privately owned EVs are being driven distances comparable to those of internal-combustion-engine cars.
Volvo Bolsters China Presence With JV Acquisitions 
The JVs include car-manufacturing facilities in Chengdu and Daqing, an engine-production facility in Zhangjiakou and an R&D center in Shanghai.
Australian Lawmakers Scrutinizing Highway Safety
An industry lobbying group says it opposes increased personal importation of new vehicles or the importation of used vehicles because they may meet a lower safety standard, or may not be suitable for Australia’s environmental conditions, or both.
SAIC’s V80 Draws Poor Safety Rating in Australia
The China-built V80 scores just 4.97 points out of a possible 16 in a frontal-offset crash test.
Young U.K. Drivers So-So on Safety, Advocates Say
The survey showed only 48% of drivers named safety one of their three main considerations when buying a car, along with reliability and fuel economy. Among drivers aged 17-24 just 37% named safety, while 39% chose brand.
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