Alan Harman


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


U.K. Truckers Call Clean-Air Plan Budget Buster
The government says the zones designated for Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton by 2020 are meant to reduce pollution in city centers and encourage the replacement of old, polluting vehicles with modern, cleaner vehicles.
Poll Shows More Australians Ready to Let Car Drive
The poll by Roy Morgan Research finds the majority of all age profiles 50 years and under indicates readiness for autonomous vehicles.
Malaysia Aims for Leadership in SE Asia EV Marketing
The Malaysian government’s news agency reports authorities are aiming for 100,000 EVs on the road by 2030, along with 2,000 electric buses and 125,000 charging stations.
Renewable Energy High on EV Shoppers’ Priorities
Kenan Degirmenci of Queensland University of Technology says his research has found environmental impact is more important than price or range confidence.
Late Marketing Push Ends Malaysian Slump in March 
Malaysian Automotive Assn. data shows March sales were 26.5% ahead of the February result and helped push the year-to-date total into positive territory – up 7.3% at 140,839 units.
Russian March, Q1 Sales Figures Tap Into Black Ink
The Association of European Businesses Automobile Manufacturers Committee says dealerships delivered 137,894 units in March, putting the year’s first three months ahead 1% at 322,464 units from prior-year’s 319,220.
Australian LV Market Momentum Yields Record March 
The March result showed the industry’s resiliency as it battled back from a slow start to the year – down 2.1% in the first quarter at 279,345 units.
Thai Center Built to Foster Rubber Demand Set to Roll
The project was launched in 2015 as part of a government effort to support the automotive sector and tire-related industries and boost demand for natural rubber. Officials also envision it as a regional R&D facility.
Honda Transfers India Chief to Top Australian Post
Hiroyuki Shimizu, previously director and senior vice president-Honda India, takes over in Australia from Managing Director and CEO Noriyuki Takakuram who becomes Managing Director-Honda Philippines.
Chinese-Owned London Taxi Opens Dedicated EV Plant
London Taxi, which has manufactured the black cab in the U.K. for 69 years, puts the all-new EV on sale in London in the fourth quarter of this year and globally in early 2018.
March Deliveries Best Ever Recorded in New Zealand 
March sales soared 14.5% year-on-year to 13,869 units, with car and SUV deliveries up 12.7% at 9,230 and commercial vehicles ahead 18.4% at 4,639.
Scientists Make Tire Filler From Eggshells, Tomatoes
Ohio State researcher Katrina Cornish has a patent pending for a method of turning eggshells and tomato peelings into replacements for carbon black, the petroleum-based filler U.S. companies often purchase from overseas.
Commodore Returning to Oz With German Credentials 1
Two of the German-built cars’ three powertrain combinations – front-wheel-drive 2.0L turbo and V-6 all-wheel-drive, both with 9-speed automatic transmission – are locally tuned and unique to Australia.
Oz EV Manufacturer Getting Financial Empowerment
Tomcar Australia is the beneficiary of a new funding scheme that helps small businesses access the research expertise and capabilities of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.
EV Survey Points to U.K. Drivers’ Hookup Hangups
Fleet-management specialist Venson Automotive Solution says 69% of respondents in a U.K. survey say a lack of charging points is a significant ownership hurdle to buying an electric vehicle.