Jim Irwin

Jim
Irwin
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

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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.
Porsche Applies Augmented Reality to Tech Services
Tech Live Look allows the technical-support team to take screenshots or send technical bulletins and instructions onto the projection surface of the smart glasses while the service technician is working on the vehicle.
Adient Begins Expansion of India Seating R&D Center
Located near the existing India Tech Center, the new prototyping and testing facility will boast full-scale prototyping, testing, and trim capabilities, enabling Adient to conduct full product verification in India to global customer and regulatory standards.
Brembo’s Mexico Foundry Passes First-Pour Test 2
The cast-iron foundry joins Bremboʼs adjacent aluminum foundry where the company has been making aluminum brake calipers for more than a year. Customers are OEMs that are or will be manufacturing vehicles in Mexico.
Aleris Launches Kentucky Aluminum Body Sheet Plant
The $400 million expansion includes the addition of heat treatment and finishing capabilities, including a new wide cold mill, two continuous annealing lines and an automotive innovation center, which includes an R&D center in Detroit.
Bosch ‘Brake Disc 2.0’ Reduces Airborne Particulates
The technology is based on a conventional cast-iron brake disc but also has a tungsten-carbide coating made exclusively by Buderus Guss, a subsidiary of German automotive supplier Bosch.
Ford’s High-Tech Cap Keeps Lid on Driver Drowsiness
SafeCap has sensors that follow drivers’ head movements – particularly relaxation of neck muscles – that detect when a driver is becoming drowsy or has fallen asleep. The sensors cause the cap to vibrate and generate sound and light.
South Korea EV Sales Top 10,000 Through October
The surge is attributed to a government tax cut and subsidies, in addition to expanded charging infrastructure and EVs’ improved performance.
Continental, Osram Plan Lighting Products JV
The companies intend to offer a broad range of technologies designed especially for headlight and taillight applications.
Altran Opens Passive-Safety Center in Michigan
Passive-safety features will carry over from today’s cars to the self-driving vehicles of the future, says Keith Williams, Altran’s group chief technology officer.
Continental Device Green-lights Self-Driving Mode
Besides informing vehicle occupants when automated or manual driving is possible, Smart Control also can be used to control driving maneuvers, Continental says.
Hydrogen Retailer Says Sales Surpass 250,000 Kg
The True Zero stations plus 13 others make up a total of 31 stations open across California thanks to more than $50 million in California Energy Commission grant funding and the state’s commitment to zero-emissions vehicles.
Denso Claims World’s Largest Auto Head-up Display
The human-machine interface has a nearly 24-in. projection and will be featured on the new ’18 Lexus LS sedan, Denso says.
U.K. Funds Driverless Car Testing Infrastructure
The projects are the first to be funded from the government’s £100m Connected and Autonomous Vehicles testing infrastructure program. Industry will match the government funding, The Engineer magazine reports.
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