Jim Irwin

Associate Editor, WardsAuto

Jim Irwin joined WardsAuto.com an associate editor in July 2011 following 27 years at the Associated Press bureau in Detroit. He primarily edits stories by WardsAuto correspondents and compiles the weekly Supplier Roundup and biweekly Technology Roundup. He lives in Detroit with his wife Tanya (Gazdik) Irwin, a former Ward's editor. His first car was a '68 Volkswagen Squareback.

Posts by Jim Irwin

in Final Inspection Aug 10, 2015

Information Technology Making Mean Streets Less Mean

While private vehicle ownership is not particularly desirable, it can be regulated economically while complementing growth of the transportation ‟....More
in Road Ahead Jul 27, 2015

No Laughing Matter With Blinker Bozo at the Wheel

To my chagrin – no, horror – I saw my right-turn indicator blinking monotonously, as it had to have been for the minimum of three miles (5 km) since....More
in Final Inspection Jun 02, 2015

Talks No Usual Throwdown for GM Korea, Union in 2015

Employees’ specialized skills make GM Korea’s new-vehicle and engine-development centers valuable assets. Line workers, however, differ mainly from....More
in Final Inspection Mar 19, 2015

Paying to Fill the Potholes on the Oregon Trail

“The state is worried that with cars getting better and better mileage, it’ll collect less in fuel taxes to take care of the roads and bridges,”....More
in Road Ahead Feb 27, 2015

Of Humvees and Heroes: Aluminum, Steel Do Battle

A key issue in the aluminum-vs.-steel standoff is strength. Each side is playing the military and, by extension, the patriotism card. The message is....More
in Road Ahead Dec 18, 2014

Fuel-Cell Cars: All Ramped Up With No Place to Go?

Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle discussions usually turn to the I word: infrastructure. Automakers are investing too much into FCVs to guess whether....More
in Road Ahead Nov 18, 2014

The Buck Stops Here

Public education about avoiding car-deer collisions won’t be supplanted anytime soon by safety technology more sophisticated than the seatbelt and....More
in Road Ahead Oct 15, 2014

Got You Covered

I thought efforts to limit distracted driving were spreading. Standing intact, however, is the apparent belief one can’t enjoy listening to Tom Petty....More
in Road Ahead Jul 21, 2014

New for ’20: The HALcat

Engines are becoming more potent as the self-driving car keeps evolving. Will the smart cars of the future use their horsepower for good and not evil?....More
in Final Inspection May 20, 2014

No Worries, Europeans, EC’s Got Your Back – and Ears

Once enacted, the region's new noise-reduction regulation states, “The reduction of the number of highly annoyed people will be 25%.” I’ve met more....More
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