Jim Irwin

Associate Editor,

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

Seating Supplier Adient Has Cleanliness Covered
The Detroit-based company introduces removable, washable seat covers for vehicles used by multiple drivers and passengers participating in ride-sharing, carpooling or car rental.
Survey Finds Regional Flavor to Consumer Tech Tastes
Creature comforts such as sunroofs were at the top of the list of technologies survey respondents said they would be willing to pay for.
AM General Sells Indiana Factory to EV Startup
The sale to SF Motors will preserve 430 auto worker jobs after AM General’s current production contract expires later this year, the companies say, although retooling the plant will take 12 to 18 months.
Hyundai Mobis Opens 14-Test-Track Proving Ground
The Seosan Proving Ground is designed to improve the performance and quality of all auto components produced by Hyundai Mobis in cooperation with its five existing R&D centers.
Front-End-Systems Supplier HBPO Expands in Mexico
The company plans to add just-in-sequence production facilities next year to support Nissan and Chrysler assembly plants in Aguascalientes and Saltillo, Mexico, respectively.
Consultancy Sees Flying Cars Taking Off Next Decade
Flying cars are poised to provide new business services by 2035 including aerial sightseeing, air surveillance, aerial critical aid delivery, air taxi pay-per-ride and flying-car corporate leasing, Frost & Sullivan says.
Honda Drops V-6 for 10th-Gen Accord Launching This Year
Two of the Accord’s available direct-injected 4-cyl. powertrains will be turbocharged: a 1.5L mated to either a Honda CVT or 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0L paired with the 6MT or what Honda calls the first 10-speed automatic in a front-wheel-drive car.
Self-Steering Volvo Truck Tested at Brazil Farm
Two gyroscopes ensure the truck is steered with precision, preventing it from veering more than 1 in. laterally from its set course as it drives alongside a sugar-cane harvester.
Mobile Fueling Service, Ride-Sharing Network Team Up
Filld says its refueling service, accessible via a smartphone app, allows car2go vehicles to maintain adequate fuel levels for the frequent car-sharing trips they make daily.
Trade-Ins Welcome at Thai Used-Supercar Dealership
Vittawat Chinabarramee, managing director of Niche Cars Group, sold 70 new supercars last year, mainly Lamborghinis and McLarens. He expects to make 60-70 sales this year and 90 in 2018, when the new Lamborghini SUV becomes available.
Vehicle Interiors Not Off-Limits for Cutting Weight
OEMs and suppliers are drawing upon products and processes to lighten every part of the car, including not only the sheetmetal and powertrain but also the vehicle’s interior, industry officials say during the WardsAuto Interiors Conference.
Online Retailer Offers Coin-Operated Used-Car Pickup
Carvana, an online used-car retailer, has introduced its fifth Carvana Vending Machine, this one in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, TX. Adapted from automated parking-structure technology, the machines take interactive car buying a step further.
Delphi Announces Partnerships to Boost Connectivity
Delphi will collaborate with the three companies to leverage its power and distribution capabilities to offer streamlined electrical-architecture solutions for connected vehicles.
Backstories Behind 2016 Wards 10 Best UX Winners
Both a Third World despot and a restless 2-year-old en route to a crosstown play date might agree on the pleasures of being chauffeured around in a BMW 7-Series sedan.
Looking Back at WardsAuto 10 Best UX Winners
WardsAuto editors found the technology and comfort that make for outstanding user experiences also can be found behind the front seats.


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