Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

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

Bentley Climbs Red Dune in SUV Quest 1
Bentley’s new Bentayga arrives later this year and will offer the brand’s first diesel engine (but not in the U.S.) and, eventually, a plug-in hybrid option. Some 4,000 hand-raisers are interested in the SUV.
BMW Sticking With Diesel Gameplan 6
Prices are falling faster for gasoline than for diesel fuel, but that isn’t discouraging BMW from keeping a steady course with diesels in the portfolio. The automaker also unveils a refreshed 6-Series in three body styles in Detroit.
Schaeffler Posts 5 Years of Growth 1
Since 2009’s downturn, Schaeffler has hired 3,800 new employees (including 400 engineers), increased content per vehicle 55% and filed some 600 patents. Times are good. A top executive sees no dark clouds on the horizon.
New Lincoln MKX Arrives in Fall 3
Among midsize luxury CUVs, the Lincoln MKX has trailed big sellers from BMW, Cadillac and Mercedes. But the new model arrives this fall with fresh styling, a clean interior, high-end audio and numerous active-safety technologies.
TRW Pleased With First CES Display 
More than 170,000 analysts, techies, executives, purchasing agents and company reps attended this year’s CES from around the world to learn what’s new and on the horizon. Some 3,500 companies exhibited, including TRW.
Valeo System Protects Pedestrians
The supplier can use headlamps to project warnings along the edge of road surfaces to pedestrians at night. The technology is another step toward smarter vehicles that ultimately will be able to drive themselves, Valeo says.
2015 Consumer Electronics Show Floor
Las Vegas this week is hosting the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, a massive conference that draws 180,000 people and extends to multiple facilities up and down the Strip. Virtually every sector of consumer electronics is represented at the show, including automotive. For the past several years, automakers and key suppliers have stepped up presence at CES. Ten automakers are participating this year.
Panasonic Advances With Aupeo, eCockpit, Sync 
At CES, the electronics supplier is rolling out its new Aupeo customized Internet radio service and emphasizing its role in developing Ford’s third-generation Sync telematics system.
Ford: Smart Mobility Will Ease Gridlock 
Ford research projects include car-sharing in India and Germany, car-swapping among Ford employees in Dearborn, rental cars on-demand in London and a cloud-based network identifying available parking spots in Atlanta.
2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines Quick Hits
A concise pro-and-con summation of all 37 powertrains evaluated in the 2015 competition. Many of these comments came directly from editor score sheets.
2015 Winner: Volvo 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-Cyl.
The premium market is flooded with good 4-cyl. turbocharged engines, but Volvo’s new T5 2.0L in the S60 sets a high bar for all.
Bosch Consolidates JV Ownership  1
From refrigerators and other appliances to energy creation and tools to enable “smart homes,” Bosch takes strategic steps to continue pushing well beyond its automotive expertise.
Where’s the Eco in EcoBoost? 15
The F-150’s 2.7L V-6 didn’t make our list because of disappointing fuel economy, and the Mustang’s 2.3L I-4 just doesn’t sound like it belongs in a pony car.
2015 Winner: VW 1.8L Turbocharged DOHC 4-Cyl.
The 1.8L TSI is among the most affordable powerplants springing from the smartly crafted third-generation EA888 engine family. This accessible, delightful I-4 can be had for under $18,000 in the Golf.
2015 Winner: Subaru 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC H-4
Subaru’s 2.0L turbocharged “FA” H-4 in the WRX introduces an uncommon sense of immediacy to the turbo-4 experience. This fleet-footed boxer steps into the ring with fire in its eyes.
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