Jim Irwin

Associate Editor,

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

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.
Autoneum Opens Seventh Production Facility in China
The Yantai plant represents the start of Autoneum’s significant capacity expansion in China. Series production of carpet systems, inner dashes and wheelhouse outer liners launch soon at a new facility in Changsha. Two other factories are under construction.
Schaeffler Announces $60 Million Ohio Investment
The newly renovated Wooster, OH, campus provides Schaeffler with the capacity to produce hybrid modules, the first of the company’s many electrification solutions and a critical part of its e-mobility strategy.
IAC Opens Tailored Interiors Plant in Poland
The new location will serve as the supplier’s center of excellence for highly crafted cut-and-sewn and hand-wrapped components, starting with premium instrument panels.
Swedish EV Manufacturer Announces Production Launch
The Uniti is a light EV made from sustainable composite materials and boasting features such as a fully electronic steering system and a full-screen head-up display, as well as a unique approach to safety and sustainability.
Lear Breaks Ground for Seating Plant in Indiana
Construction of the 240,000-sq.-ft. plant will start immediately, with production of seats due to begin in April 2019. The factory will employ about 875 workers who will transfer from Lear’s existing facilities in Hammond and Portage, IN.
Magna Innovation Joins Thermoplastic Materials
Torsional welding, developed for automotive applications at Magna’s Czech Republic exteriors plant, features a high-speed twisting motion that creates enough friction-based heat to join a plastic bracket to a thermoplastic fascia.
Hyundai Affiliate Announces Panorama-Sunroof Airbag
VIDEO INCLUDED: The airbag prevents a passenger’s body from being thrown out of the car through the sunroof in a rollover accident, says Hyundai Mobis, the parts-making subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Group.
Supplier Chassix Acquires Aluminum Casting Business
Benteler Automotive Farsund’s casting business consists of a highly automated aluminum foundry in Farsund, Norway, designing and producing lightweight aluminum structural castings, Southfield, MI-based Chassix says.
Supplier Unveils New Polymer Bearings for Hybrids
Rheinmetall Automotive’s KS Gleitlager subsidiary introduced two highly wear-resistant materials, KS R53L1 polymer for crankshaft bearings and Polymer KS R55L1 for gasoline-hybrid connecting-rod bearings at the recent Frankfurt auto show.

Feb 22, 2018

2018 Wards 10 Best Engines Ceremony

Today, WardsAuto begins posting videos from the 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines celebration, held during the North American International Auto Show. In this segment, editors Drew Winter and Tom Murphy kick off the event. Beginning tomorrow, videos with each winning automaker's acceptance speech will begin posting, one daily, in alphabetical order....More


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