Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

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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.
2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors Quick Hits
A summation of all 31 interiors evaluated in the 2017 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker.
With Moss Underfoot, BMW Reimagines Interiors
Designer Eric Brown spoke at this week’s WardsAuto Interiors Conference about the BMW i Inside Future Sculpture show car, which integrates holographic controls and a second-row lounge with a bookshelf.
Emerging Markets Pose New Plastics Challenges
One expert sees automakers requiring interior materials be designed to withstand spills of a growing menu of foods, beyond ketchup and mustard. “I think specs will change somewhat along with some very exotic-type chemical and food sources we will see,” Rose Ryntz says.
Uniquely Stylish, Continental Fits Like a Glove
The Continental is so much more than comfy seats. Its interior design is fresh and invigorating, a reminder of what made Lincoln an iconic brand of American style so many years ago. It refuses to emulate other luxury marques.
Bentayga: Knurled, Burled and Out of This World
It takes 130 hours to build Bentley’s new SUV – much of it by hand – and six of those hours are spent crafting and stitching the steering wheel. At $278,730, it truly defines the term, “pretty penny.”
Luxury Floods Wards 10 Best Interiors Competition
Yes, we enjoy mixing it up from time to time, when we recognize great strides on behalf of less-familiar brands, particularly Alfa Romeo, Bentley and Maserati, and those upscale brands we’ve known for years, namely Buick, Lexus and Lincoln.
2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors: Automaker Presentations
WardsAuto editors met recently with designers and engineers from several automakers to discuss their interiors being reviewed as part of the 2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors competition.
2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors: Editors in Evaluation Mode
WardsAuto editors spent February and March combing through 31 eligible vehicles in selecting the 2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors.
Hybrid DCT, Torque-Vectoring EV In Magna Product Plan
Getrag brought several compelling new technologies to the Magna fold in last year’s acquisition, but Magna’s powertrain engineers have been busy on many fronts. For instance, the eTelligentDrive system makes EVs a whole lot more fun to drive.
VW Maps Out Proper CUV, At Last 1
Late to the party, the new 3-row Volkswagen Atlas arrives next month with a $30,500 starting price and styling inside and out that leans toward simple and straightforward. Finally, VW has a proper ute, made by Americans for Americans.
’18 Volkswagen Atlas
Designed and engineered in Wolfsburg with input from U.S. staff, the Atlas evolved from VW’s 2013 CrossBlue concept and is starting to roll off the line in Chattanooga, TN. The automaker invested $900 million at the plant for the Atlas launch.
From Subaru to Bentley, Wards 10 Best Interiors Honored
Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Buick, Lincoln, Maserati, Mini and Subaru win their first Wards 10 Best Interiors trophies, while Honda, Lexus and Mazda return to the winners’ circle. Thirty-one nominees were evaluated.
2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors Winners
The Wards 10 Best Interiors list recognizes outstanding achievement in aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, materials usage, fit-and-finish and user-friendly electronics.
Around the World With Range Anxiety
Eleven EVs traveled around the world in 80 days last year. It was a harrowing journey: cable fires, car-sized potholes, overheated batteries in the Gobi Desert, painfully slow 120V charging from U.S. wall sockets and border agents seeking “pistols.”
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