Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

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

2017 Woodward Dream Cruise
Some 40,000 meticulously maintained or lovingly restored vintage cars will be participating in this weekend's annual Woodward Dream Cruise along the thoroughfare connecting Detroit to its northern suburbs.
Crosstrek Keeping Rivals in Crosshairs
Subaru’s all-new second-generation compact CUV delivers a stylish high-contrast interior and first-rate multimedia infotainment system, and it arrives as the model it replaces remains a leader in this growing segment.
The Big Story: BMW's Identity Crisis
Bavaria’s blue and white brand appears to be in turmoil: Top executives are leaving, sales are down, new models are turning few heads and U.S. dealers are agitated.
2017 WardsAuto 10 Best UX Nominees
WardsAuto editors have begun evaluating nominees for the 2017 Wards 10 Best User Experiences to recognize new vehicles with user-friendly technology that is connected, safe and intuitive.
ZF’s AKC Solution for Rear-Steering Pickups 2
To demonstrate the potential gain in agility, ZF has equipped a Ford F-150 to pivot the rear wheels up to 12 degrees in either direction, reducing the turning circle from 48 ft. to 38 ft. (14.6 m to 11.6 m), roughly the same as a Ford Escape CUV.
Chevy Equinox: All Turbo All the Time
Consumers associate turbochargers with high output, and Chevy is counting on the new Equinox engine lineup to be a competitive advantage: It’s the only midsize CUV offered with nothing but forced induction.
ZF CEO Still Concerned About Trump; TRW Signs to Disappear
Stefan Sommer says consequences for auto industry will be dire if U.S. imposes taxes on imports. Also, two years after ZF acquired TRW for $12.4 billion, the two company logos no longer will share space on buildings.
ZF Technology at Global Press Event
ZF hosted journalists from around the world in Bratislava, Slovakia, to learn about newest technologies designed to save fuel, meet emissions regulations, reduce weight, boost prospects for electric vehicles and display the feasibility of self-driving cars.
ZF, Hella Join Forces; Vision Zero Concept Coming
ZF is eager to form partnerships to achieve economies of scale, speed up product development and share competencies. The plug-in Vision Zero concept, to be shown in Frankfurt, incorporates many of ZF’s latest technologies.
The Big Story: Cake Bakers and Brand Caretakers
Successful automakers need “brand caretakers” who represent the heart and soul of the product and will fight passionately on behalf of the brand.
Stamping Market Heats Up for Gestamp
The Spanish supplier considers its expertise in hot stamping a competitive advantage and has invested $500 million in its U.S. operations, including a new R&D center in Michigan.
High Compression, Short Intake Distinguish VW Tiguan 4-Cyl. 1
Automakers for years have been extolling the virtues of “downsized” engines with fewer cylinders, optimized fuel economy and adequate power, but Volkswagen says the “B-cycle” 2.0L turbo-4 is part of its “rightsizing” powertrain strategy.
Taking New Tiguan Offroad
A VW engineer disclosed technical details about Tiguan's all-new 2.0L turbocharged "B-cycle" 4-cyl. engine at a media event this week in Michigan. Then journalists drove the Tiguan offroad, as well as a new Passat with the same engine on the highway.
Qualcomm Gets EV Charging Off the Ground
Asphalt at a French military outpost has been inlaid with 328 ft. of inductive chargers that project energy only when a vehicle passes over with plates designed to receive an electromagnetic pulse of up to 20 kW. The vehicle converts it to electricity.
Misfits and Missteps – 2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors Nominees
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors.


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