Jim Irwin

Associate Editor,

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

Truck Designers Walk Line Between Gritty, Pretty
Customers told designers of the all-new ’15 GMC Canyon midsize pickup “they didn’t want a car – but they didn’t want it to look rough or cheap,” design chief Helen Emsley says.
In Search of Interior Features Going Outside the Box
I came across some features that got me wondering, “Why don’t they all have that?” (as opposed to, “Why does the Lincoln Navigator have two volume settings for its chime?”)
Audi Offers Glimpse of High-Performance PHEV
The e-tron quattro engine in the upcoming Q7 migrates to the Avant with fortified power numbers.
Volkswagen’s Chattanooga Expansion Under Way
The all-new CrossBlue midsize CUV will share the automaker’s MQB modular architecture with the Chattanooga-built Passat, which is receiving a facelift at midyear.
JLR North America Positioned to Pounce in 2016
JLR North America President Joe Eberhardt’s immediate task is holding the line on sales while the automaker nudges capacity farther ahead of demand.
10BE Judge Passes on Judging BMW i3
With 55 miles of range available and facing a 45-mile round-trip commute, not being able to recharge the i3 at home would be cutting things too close for comfort.
Technology Roundup 
BorgWarner turbocharger helps new Volvo fight above weight; cloudy forecast for Visteon HMI technology; Harman system gives NVH silent treatment.
Supplier Roundup 
Novelis gets aluminum-sheet production rolling in China; Hankook Tire, metals processor Samuel waltz into Tennessee; Hay Group forges ahead into China.
Supplier Roundup 
IAC doubles down in China; Huf handles expansion in Tennessee; France’s AdduXi launches U.S. manufacturing.
Technology Roundup 
Singapore researchers’ electric motor pulls double duty; Volvo wrings 450 hp out of 2.0L, 4-cyl. engine; Mazda’s smart headlights shine at Tokyo tech show.
Supplier Roundup 
Dusseldorf welcomes IAC HQ; Brose expands Southeast Michigan operation; Mitsubishi Automotive Electric to supply Americas from Mexico base.
Supplier Roundup 
TomTom mapping technology finds way into Bosch cockpit electronics; Magna Closures adds to hardware portfolio; Magneti Marelli’s new Michigan plant to supply FCA.
Technology Roundup 
Bridgestone studying rubbery shrubbery; LEDs light the way in new Lexus CUV; Mahle casts away cast iron in piston-ring component.
Supplier Roundup 
Delphi plugs into Antaya’s connector technology; Kentucky lands new Faurecia, Aleris investments; Guardian Industries sheds two subsidiaries.
Technology Roundup 
Audi A6, RS 5 concepts get 48V boost; MIT consortium to study aluminum’s crashworthiness; ’15 Ford Focus features anti-skid technology.


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