Jim Irwin

Associate Editor,

Jim covers suppliers and other topics.


New Bosch Division Focused on Connected Mobility
Bosch is meeting growing demand for connected mobility via ride sharing, which encompasses online services and apps for carpools as well as for arranging driving services and taxis. The company recently acquired Splitting Fares, a startup serving commuters who want to share a ride to the same workplace or place of study.
Faurecia Announces New Interiors Plant in Missouri
Faurecia will create more than 300 new jobs and invest more than $60 million in the plant, which will manufacture and assemble door panels and instrument panels.
Denso Sensor Teams With Radar to Aid Night Vision
The vision sensor allows automobiles to automatically activate emergency braking when obstacles are identified, the supplier says.
AAM, Drexler Partner on Electronic Differentials
The agreement integrates electro-mechanical limited-slip differentials (eLSDs) into the AAM TracRite portfolio of differential products.
Aluminum Producer Novelis to Expand in Kentucky
The new facility will be in close proximity to Logan Aluminum, a Novelis joint venture in Russellville, KY, and several nearby automotive manufacturing plants.
Hyundai Puts Autonomous FCEVs in Olympic Spotlight
The automaker says the five cars, equipped with Level 4 autonomous-driving technology by Society of Automotive Engineers standards, will be tested on a 120-mile stretch of highway shortly before the opening of the Olympics.
Korean Racetrack Renamed for Mercedes-AMG Brand
“The speedway will house special facilities for AMG owners, including an exclusive lounge and parking lot, all of which will help cement brand loyalty among our customers,” says Dimitris Psillakis, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Korea.
BYD Delivers Electric Refuse Truck to Palo Alto, CA
The truck uses its batteries to power the hydraulic system for the body as well as propulsion. It has 76 miles (122 km) of range and requires only two to three hours maximum to fully charge, BYD says.
Porsche Applies Augmented Reality to Tech Services
Tech Live Look allows the technical-support team to take screenshots or send technical bulletins and instructions onto the projection surface of the smart glasses while the service technician is working on the vehicle.
Adient Begins Expansion of India Seating R&D Center
Located near the existing India Tech Center, the new prototyping and testing facility will boast full-scale prototyping, testing, and trim capabilities, enabling Adient to conduct full product verification in India to global customer and regulatory standards.
Brembo’s Mexico Foundry Passes First-Pour Test 2
The cast-iron foundry joins Bremboʼs adjacent aluminum foundry where the company has been making aluminum brake calipers for more than a year. Customers are OEMs that are or will be manufacturing vehicles in Mexico.
Aleris Launches Kentucky Aluminum Body Sheet Plant
The $400 million expansion includes the addition of heat treatment and finishing capabilities, including a new wide cold mill, two continuous annealing lines and an automotive innovation center, which includes an R&D center in Detroit.
Bosch ‘Brake Disc 2.0’ Reduces Airborne Particulates
The technology is based on a conventional cast-iron brake disc but also has a tungsten-carbide coating made exclusively by Buderus Guss, a subsidiary of German automotive supplier Bosch.
Ford’s High-Tech Cap Keeps Lid on Driver Drowsiness
SafeCap has sensors that follow drivers’ head movements – particularly relaxation of neck muscles – that detect when a driver is becoming drowsy or has fallen asleep. The sensors cause the cap to vibrate and generate sound and light.
South Korea EV Sales Top 10,000 Through October
The surge is attributed to a government tax cut and subsidies, in addition to expanded charging infrastructure and EVs’ improved performance.