Jim Irwin

Associate Editor,

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

Magneti Marelli to Make Shock Absorbers in Morocco
Maximum annual capacity will be 6 million units and about 500 people will be employed at the plant by 2025, with other products possibly added in the future, Magneti Marelli says.
Toyota, Mazda, Denso to Co-develop EV Architecture 2
The partnership will combine the companies’ respective strengths, including Mazda’s bundled product planning and expertise in computer modeling-based development, Denso’s electronics technologies and Toyota’s New Global Architecture platform.
ZF Electric Park Brake Featured on ʼ18 Ford F-150
The electric park brake ‟can result in a weight savings of up to 20 lbs. (9 kg) or more for commercial vans, larger trucks and SUVs when compared to conventional drum-in-hat park brakes,” says Manfred Meyer, ZF senior vice president-global braking.
Seat Maker Adient Completes Acquisition of Futuris
Futuris operates 15 facilities in North America and Asia and provides full seating systems, seat frames, seat trim, headrests, armrests and seat bolsters. Its primary North American customers include Tesla, Ford and General Motors.
Have You Driven a Ford Electric Scooter Lately?
“These unique scooters will draw visual inspiration from classic and contemporary Ford vehicles while integrating OjO's innovative design and technology,” Santa Monica, CA-based OjO says.
Bosch eAxle Key to Startup’s Class 8 Fuel-Cell Truck
The zero-emissions trucks, due on the market in 2021, will deliver more than 1,000 hp and 2,000 lb.-ft. (2,711 Nm) of torque, Salt Lake City-based Nikola Motor says.
Iranian Automobile Production Increasing
Iran Khodro and SAIPA dominated the local market with a combined 91% share of local output, according to Ministry of Industries, Mining and Trade data.
Carfax Says Flooded Cars Could Flood Used-Car Market
“Flooded cars rot from the inside out as water corrodes the mechanical parts, shorts the electrical system and compromises safety features like airbags and anti-lock brakes,” Carfax says. Health concerns are an added problem.
LG Electronics Taps Michigan for EV Components Plant 1
The 250,000-sq.-ft. facility will produce EV components starting in 2018. The project will create at least 292 new Michigan jobs, including factory workers in Hazel Park and engineers at LG Electronics’ expanded R&D Center in Troy, MI.
Parking Service Promises Driveway Owners Easy Money
U.K.-based YourParkingSpace.co.uk is urging people with empty driveways to rent out their space to supplement their income. More than 20,000 people across the region are renting out a total of 250,000 parking spaces, driveways or garages.
Survey: Rates of Buckling Up Go Down in Back Seat
Of 1,172 survey respondents who said they had ridden in the back seat of a vehicle during the preceding six months, 91% said they always buckled up when seated in front but only 72% said they always used their belt in the back seat, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says.
Technology in Newer Cars Confounds Car Wash Operators 5
The International Carwash Assn. suggests a “telematics solution” that would inform the vehicle it is in a car wash, adjust its systems for the wash cycle and reset the systems afterward.
App Aims to Curtail iPhone Use While Driving
Auto Advisory 2.0 continuously monitors the driver’s iPhone to ensure it isn’t unlocked during the trip and advises the driver not to use the device if driving is detected.
U.K. Safety Groups’ Simulated Rollover No Accident
The upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed will feature a so-called tumbling car positioned on a rig that turns it 360 degrees, simulating a vehicle overturning. Seatbelted attendees can get in the car and experience the sensation of being in a rollover accident.
Seating Supplier Adient Has Cleanliness Covered
The Detroit-based company introduces removable, washable seat covers for vehicles used by multiple drivers and passengers participating in ride-sharing, carpooling or car rental.


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