Jim Irwin

Associate Editor,

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

Concepts in Honda’s Spotlight at Tokyo Auto Show
The automaker will unveil its Sports EV Concept and will showcase the Urban EV Concept, which Honda says received a highly positive response at the recent Frankfurt auto show, as well as the NeuV personal mobility concept and the all-new CR-V.
Honda’s Anna, OH, Plant Builds 25 Millionth Engine 1
The 25 millionth engine was a 1.5L turbo that will be installed in an all-new ’18 Accord, assembled 45 miles (72 km) to the east at the Marysville Auto Plant.
Smokers Can Get Burned at Trade-in Time, Firm Warns
Smoking’s two main drags on a vehicle’s value are physical damage to the interior and smell, something many smokers often are unaware of or think can be eliminated by using an air freshener, U.K. vehicle-data and valuation specialist HPI says.
Kia Hires PSA Veteran to Lead China Design Team
Son, who has 30 years’ experience in the field, is expected to establish customized design-development processes for the Chinese market based on his experience as design head at PSA China.
Denso Investing $1 Billion in Tennessee Operations
The supplier will expand output of advanced safety, connectivity and electrification products for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Truck Maker Hino to Relocate Within West Virginia
Hino, the truck- and bus-manufacturing subsidiary of Toyota, is investing $100 million in the new operation, which will create an estimated 250 new jobs by early 2020.
Eberspaecher Opens Exhaust-Systems Plant in Portugal
The 296,000-sq.-ft. plant, built in less than 10 months in the municipality of Tondela, supplies European automakersʼ plants in Spain, Portugal and northern Morocco with hot-end and cold-end components for diesel and gasoline vehicles.
Electric-Bus Maker Announces Federal Transit Grants
The 29 grant winners in 24 states stretching from Alaska to Florida will use their funds, a total of $27.5 million, to buy or lease Proterra’s Catalyst electric buses, battery systems and charging infrastructure.
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.


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