Jim Irwin

Associate Editor,

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

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.
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.


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