Jim Irwin

Associate Editor,

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

Eckhart to Serve Auto Industry From New Tech Center
The 47,000-sq.-ft. facility will serve as the company’s technology showcase, including engineering and assembly of the next-generation Autocraft autonomous guided vehicles for material handling.
IAC Opens Premium Door-Panel Plant in Czech Republic
The greenfield site is the final phase of IAC’s Prestice 2 location and will enable the automotive supplier to continue supporting its customers from central Eastern Europe.
Shiloh Industries Completes European Acquisitions
The acquisition provides Shiloh with leading aluminum and existing magnesium casting and stamping capabilities and processes representing over €110 million in annualized sales revenue.
Continental, Chinese Firm Form 48V Mild-Hybrid JV
The joint venture with partner CITC’s China Aviation Lithium Battery Co. subsidiary will allow Continental to offer its 48V mild-hybrid system from a single source.
Mahle Quits JV With Fellow Supplier Plastic Omnium
In line with its strategic orientation, Mahle says in the future it will invest more intensively and consistently in new e-mobility technologies.
Supplier Denso Expands Operations in Tennessee
One new production line at the Tennessee plant will manufacture GDI fuel injectors, another will make low-pressure fuel pumps and two will produce high-pressure fuel pumps serving automakers across North America.
Nexteer Automotive Expanding Production to Morocco
The 194,000-sq.-ft. facility, the supplier’s first in Africa, initially will be used for production of single pinion-assist electric power steering systems and will be extended to manufacturing other driveline products in the future.
New Bosch Division Focused on Connected Mobility
Bosch is meeting growing demand for connected mobility via ride sharing, which encompasses online services and apps for carpools as well as for arranging driving services and taxis. The company recently acquired Splitting Fares, a startup serving commuters who want to share a ride to the same workplace or place of study.
Faurecia Announces New Interiors Plant in Missouri
Faurecia will create more than 300 new jobs and invest more than $60 million in the plant, which will manufacture and assemble door panels and instrument panels.
Denso Sensor Teams With Radar to Aid Night Vision
The vision sensor allows automobiles to automatically activate emergency braking when obstacles are identified, the supplier says.
AAM, Drexler Partner on Electronic Differentials
The agreement integrates electro-mechanical limited-slip differentials (eLSDs) into the AAM TracRite portfolio of differential products.
Aluminum Producer Novelis to Expand in Kentucky
The new facility will be in close proximity to Logan Aluminum, a Novelis joint venture in Russellville, KY, and several nearby automotive manufacturing plants.
Hyundai Puts Autonomous FCEVs in Olympic Spotlight
The automaker says the five cars, equipped with Level 4 autonomous-driving technology by Society of Automotive Engineers standards, will be tested on a 120-mile stretch of highway shortly before the opening of the Olympics.
Korean Racetrack Renamed for Mercedes-AMG Brand
“The speedway will house special facilities for AMG owners, including an exclusive lounge and parking lot, all of which will help cement brand loyalty among our customers,” says Dimitris Psillakis, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Korea.
BYD Delivers Electric Refuse Truck to Palo Alto, CA
The truck uses its batteries to power the hydraulic system for the body as well as propulsion. It has 76 miles (122 km) of range and requires only two to three hours maximum to fully charge, BYD says.

Mar 8, 2018

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

Masashi Hakariya, project manager-engine development at Toyota, accepts award for Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


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