Our Staff

John Irwin

Reporter
Phone: 313-446-6013
E-Mail: jirwin@crain.com
CLICK HERE to see our entire staff list

Recent authored articles

Beautiful cars need beautiful showrooms, says JLR Canada president

Canadian Jaguar Land Rover dealerships will redesign their buildings, a “necessary evil” JLR Canada President Wolfgang Hoffman said will provide dealers a better environment to showcase vehicles.

Toronto auto show intros strike tone for changing buyer tastes

Numerous vehicles are making their Canadian debuts at the Toronto auto show, giving dealers, executives and enthusiasts a chance to get a feel for the cars and trucks they'll soon see on the road.

Even in good times, Canadian auto should heed the headwinds

Coming off record sales and heading into a forecast of increased production, Canada's auto industry still must deal with NAFTA uncertainty, new Ontario labour laws and Quebec's EV mandates.

Google's Sidewalk Labs division plans AV test site in Toronto

A potential mixed-use development in Toronto, spearheaded by a corporate sibling of Google, could provide a first-hand look at how autonomous vehicles can transform urban design and living.

New optimism surrounds NAFTA auto talks

Canadian auto officials are cautiously optimistic that progress could finally be made on NAFTA's automotive rules of origin, a key provision that has been a stumbling block during renegotiation of the pact.

BlackBerry exec warns against cybersecurity 'Band-Aid'

Automakers and suppliers must make enhancing cybersecurity a key focus if the connected, autonomous vehicles of the future are to be safe, the president of BlackBerry Technology Solutions said.

BlackBerry exec warns against cybersecurity 'Band-Aid'

Automakers and suppliers must make enhancing cybersecurity a key focus if the connected, autonomous vehicles of the future are to be safe, the president of BlackBerry Technology Solutions said.

Analysts mull scenarios of a world without NAFTA

A world without NAFTA would be sure to disrupt the Canadian auto supply chain. As President Donald Trump's threat to withdraw looms, negotiators are set to meet in Montreal Jan. 23.

Veteran service aide rides to motorists' rescue

Pat Howk is a customer assistance specialist for a St. Louis dealership who has spent nearly half his life (he's 60) responding to vehicle owners' calls for roadside help.

Nissan's key to Canada: Catering to the market

Nissan Canada President Joni Paiva says the company listens to the Canadian market, which is why some vehicles and options differ from those south of the border.

GM cuts shifts at Ontario plant as it slows car output, adds truck line

UPDATED: 12/01/2017 3:07 pm ET -- New story

General Motors will temporarily lay off workers at its Oshawa, Ont., assembly plant as the company adjusts production to address a weakening North American car market.

Trucks are most popular, but it's cars that get electrified

Automakers must keep their offerings strong in the truck segment to bolster profits, even as they invest more money into a tiny but growing EV market.

The uncertain future of FCA's Brampton plant

FCA's Brampton, Ont., assembly plant was given a new lease on life in 2016 when the automaker committed to retooling its paint shop for $325 million. But questions surround the longterm future of the plant.

Quebec ZEV policy fuels hydrogen, electric infrastructure push

Developing and rolling out infrastructure to support electric and zero-emissions vehicles in Quebec will be a daunting task. Toyota Canada thinks automakers should offer input on how best to serve the drivers.

Subaru tries to create a lasting Legacy in Canada

Subaru is doubling down on the Legacy sedan, aiming to gain market share as buyer appetite for midsize family cars shrinks.

How Canada's Martinrea became one of the world's biggest suppliers

Martinrea's goal is to be so effective and productive that heads of automaker assembly plants don’t even know certain parts were produced by the company, the CEO says.

How GM forced Unifor to stand down

It isn't what Unifor's leadership was hoping for, but the new four-year labour contract at CAMI Assembly in Ontario is as good as they were going to get.

How GM forced Unifor to stand down

It isn't what Unifor's leadership was hoping for, but the new four-year labor contract at CAMI Assembly in Ontario is as good as they were going to get.

Unifor awaits response from GM following latest proposal to end strike

UPDATED: 9/28/17 11:01 pm ET - adds meeting details

Unifor leadership described a Thursday meeting with GM as “constructive” following the latest efforts to end a strike at the Chevy Equinox plant in Ontario.

GM, Unifor head back to bargaining as strike at Equinox plant continues

Unifor says there has been “some progress” in contract talks with GM. The two will resume negotiations at a hotel Wednesday, looking to end a strike at the Chevrolet Equinox plant in Ingersoll, Ont.

GM, Unifor resume talks as CAMI strike continues

UPDATED: 9/25/17 3:19 pm ET - adds GM statement

Canadian union Unifor met with General Motors on Sunday and presented a "comprehensive" labor proposal to the company in an attempt to end the week-long strike at CAMI Assembly.

Unifor submits proposal to end GM strike, but automaker hasn't responded

UPDATED: 09/25/2017 2:35 pm ET -- Adds details

General Motors confirms it has received Unifor's latest labour proposal amid ongoing contract talks with the union, on strike at the automaker's assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., where the Chevrolet Equinox is built.

Why GM and Unifor won't budge in negotiations

Unifor President Jerry Dias said the strike at General Motors' Ingersoll, Ont., assembly plant could play out for "quite a while." He could be right.

Why GM and Unifor won't budge in negotiations

Unifor President Jerry Dias says the Ontario strike could go on for "quite a while." Neither side has much incentive to move from its position.

Unifor strike at GM result of 'major philosophical differences'

Canadian workers striking a key GM assembly plant could picket for a long while, Unifor President Jerry Dias said. GM Canada urged Unifor to "resume negotiations."

Newsletters