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 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
in Road Ahead Feb 19, 2014

Best Interiors Judging an Olympian Task

The difference between winning an Olympic medal and coming away empty-handed can be minuscule. The same holds true for contenders for the Ward’s 10....More
in Final Inspection Sep 20, 2013

Power Grab

As more EVs trickle onto the highways, owners may come to covet the limited number of public charging stations....More
in Road Ahead Jun 20, 2013

Diesel, Gasoline Reach Price Parity in Flyover Country

Add behind-the-wheel kicks to the virtual elimination of the price difference between gasoline and diesel, at least in the Midwest, and the Chevrolet....More
in Road Ahead May 15, 2013

No Wonder They Call It Branding

If John Wayne were asked to mosey in to a design studio and help create a pickup truck, chances are he'd rustle up something like the Ram 1500....More
in Road Ahead Feb 12, 2013

Diesel Backers Gambling With Pump Shock

Auto makers are banking on diesel's qualities to trump consumer reaction to seeing diesel fuel priced at $4-something a gallon while gasoline costs....More
in Road Ahead Dec 05, 2012

A Look Back at Rear Ends

Rear-end styling doesn’t seem to be much of a design priority, yet it’s something motorists have no choice but to face in many driving situations....More

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