Jim Irwin

Associate Editor,

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.

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.
Survey Finds Regional Flavor to Consumer Tech Tastes
Creature comforts such as sunroofs were at the top of the list of technologies survey respondents said they would be willing to pay for.
AM General Sells Indiana Factory to EV Startup
The sale to SF Motors will preserve 430 auto worker jobs after AM General’s current production contract expires later this year, the companies say, although retooling the plant will take 12 to 18 months.
Hyundai Mobis Opens 14-Test-Track Proving Ground
The Seosan Proving Ground is designed to improve the performance and quality of all auto components produced by Hyundai Mobis in cooperation with its five existing R&D centers.
Front-End-Systems Supplier HBPO Expands in Mexico
The company plans to add just-in-sequence production facilities next year to support Nissan and Chrysler assembly plants in Aguascalientes and Saltillo, Mexico, respectively.
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.


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