Jim Irwin

Associate Editor,

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

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.
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.

Mar 8, 2018

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

Masashi Hakariya, project manager-engine development at Toyota, accepts award for Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


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