Jim Irwin

Associate Editor,

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

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.
Chrysler Pacifica Pampers While Reinventing Minivan 2
The Chrysler Pacifica was the only minivan among 29 entrants to be tested. But its creature comforts match or exceed those of many more expensive vehicles.
Queen Elizabeth: Greater Than Sum of Her Car Parts?
The 253-lb. creation uses components including the engine, wheels, interior, seating, electrical components and trim. The parts include lights from an Austin K2 truck of the sort the future monarch would have maintained during World War II.
Elizabeth II's Bentley Joins Ranks of Pre-Owned Cars
Top speed is 184 mph, but the Mulsanne was gently handled from 2012-2014, when the Queen used it during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations and to attend her first-ever cabinet meeting hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing St.
Supplier’s Aerodynamic Solutions Go With Flow
Röechling’s active speedlips, positioned just ahead of the front tires, are lowered by adjustable actuators to guide headwinds around the front of the tire, reducing drag.
Supplier Schaeffler in 48V Mild-Hybrid Vanguard
The North American market is on the receiving end of much of Schaeffler’s work on 48V drivetrain architecture designed to facilitate low-speed electric driving, reduce emissions and boost fuel economy, Schaeffler executive Peter Gutzmer says.
Porsche Dials Up Top-of-Line 911 Turbos’ Numbers
Both the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S boast more horsepower, quicker acceleration, higher top speeds and improved fuel efficiency.
Pickups Carrying Load for Embattled Diesel Power
With improved fuel economy taking the edge off the diesel price premium, and the brawn Americans need, or at least want to project, look for the U.S. pickup segment to burn more oil than ever.
Growing Passion for Manufacturing From a STEM
‟I think getting to those influencers in their life – teachers, school counselors, parents – to get them looking at reality instead of the stereotype. That’s when it's easy to fall in love with manufacturing,” Denso Manufacturing Michigan’s Karen Boyer says.
Ford Sales Climb 4.7% for Best July Since 2006
The automaker says its roster of strong July performers was identical to June’s: the F-150 pickup, Edge 5-passenger CUV, Explorer midsize SUV and Mustang sports car.
Mahle Range Extender Engine Takes Cues From GPS
Mahle’s Energy Management Control system uses GPS data to “read” a known route and coordinate electric and ICE power so most of the EREV’s battery charge has been depleted when it arrives at its destination.


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