Jim Irwin

Associate Editor,

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

Consultancy Sees Flying Cars Taking Off Next Decade
Flying cars are poised to provide new business services by 2035 including aerial sightseeing, air surveillance, aerial critical aid delivery, air taxi pay-per-ride and flying-car corporate leasing, Frost & Sullivan says.
Honda Drops V-6 for 10th-Gen Accord Launching This Year
Two of the Accord’s available direct-injected 4-cyl. powertrains will be turbocharged: a 1.5L mated to either a Honda CVT or 6-speed manual transmission and a 2.0L paired with the 6MT or what Honda calls the first 10-speed automatic in a front-wheel-drive car.
Self-Steering Volvo Truck Tested at Brazil Farm
Two gyroscopes ensure the truck is steered with precision, preventing it from veering more than 1 in. laterally from its set course as it drives alongside a sugar-cane harvester.
Mobile Fueling Service, Ride-Sharing Network Team Up
Filld says its refueling service, accessible via a smartphone app, allows car2go vehicles to maintain adequate fuel levels for the frequent car-sharing trips they make daily.
Trade-Ins Welcome at Thai Used-Supercar Dealership
Vittawat Chinabarramee, managing director of Niche Cars Group, sold 70 new supercars last year, mainly Lamborghinis and McLarens. He expects to make 60-70 sales this year and 90 in 2018, when the new Lamborghini SUV becomes available.
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.


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