Tom Murphy

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Tom writes about suppliers, automotive technology and other wide-ranging topics.

Will Navigator Help Lincoln Find Its Way? 5
The refreshed Navigator comes with a stout new powertrain, advanced adaptive suspension, new seats, exterior cosmetic updates, a user-friendly interface and a leather-wrapped instrument panel with distinctive cross-stitching.
’15 Lincoln Navigator
The upgrades to Navigator are appreciated, although there wasn’t much budget to change the overall aesthetic inside or out or to address interior fit-and-finish shortcomings, such as the substandard trimming of the headliner.
Tenneco: Emissions Targets Tough But Workable
By 2025, when cars and light trucks fall under the same Tier 3 emissions regulations, an automaker intending to sell one “dirty” vehicle at the top of the bin scale must sell 13 vehicles at the bottom to achieve the Bin 30 fleet average.
Bill Ford Supports Autonomous Cars, Trains in Megacities
A conundrum: Isn’t Ford in the business of selling as many cars and trucks as possible? “I think any business only exists to make people’s lives better, period,” Ford says. “Shoving more vehicles into an urban environment isn’t doing that.”
ITS World Congress Technology Showcase
Detroit's Belle Isle is hosting a Technology Showcase this week as part of ITS World Congress, which is dedicated to a future of connected, autonomous vehicles.
Magna Looking Back to Bright Future
It took nine years for Magna’s electronics plant in Holly, MI, to produce 10 million rearview cameras, but another 10 million will be assembled within the next 18 months.
Magna Electronics Plant in Holly, MI
Production at Magna's Holly, MI, plant has scaled up to 20,000 cameras daily shipped to 47 OEM locations, primarily in North and South America. The plant serves 15 automaker customers.
Toyota Gears Up for ITS World Congress
Discussions at the ITS World Congress in Detroit will center on questions about legislation, data protection and liability – specifically, where it rests if a computer-guided car goes the wrong way and causes mayhem, injury or death.
Toyota Advanced Safety Seminar
In setting the stage for the ITS World Congress in Detroit, which runs from Sept. 7 to 11, Toyota hosted an Advanced Safety Seminar in Ypsilanti, MI, on Sept. 4.
Ford Gets Rockin’ Down Highway 6
Ford Transit earns a standing ovation for its excellent 5-cyl. diesel engine, two wide-swinging rear doors, a side slider and a full-length vinyl floor covering that is heavy-duty, sweepable and easily cleaned.
’15 Ford Transit 250 HR Van
Ford Transit van is big enough to fit Keith Richards’ wardrobe and all of his on-stage amplifiers (a wall of nine speaker cabinets and amps) and guitars, as well as the medicine chest of tonics, pain killers and other substances necessary to keep him alive.
Delphi’s Tool to Keep Cool 
The supplier’s Cold Storage Evaporator, which goes into production next year, can keep the cabin cool up to two minutes while the engine is off in a micro-hybrid.
Delphi Technology Showcase
Delphi hosted a media event to highlight connectivity and active safety at its Auburn Hills, MI, Customer Technology Center. Other suppliers have demonstrated self-driving functionality on the road, but Delphi's prototypes at the event were stationary.
From Fantastic to Bizarre
Metro Detroit hosted the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise this past weekend, and the event truly has become Motor City Mardi Gras.
2014 Woodward Dream Cruise
Today is officially the Woodward Dream Cruise, but actually it's been going on for days and, for some car enthusiasts who can't wait to show off their rides, weeks and even months.
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