Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

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Dürr Opens Michigan Paint Tech Center
The German supplier strategically positions its technical and testing facility near Detroit to train automaker customers to get the most out of their investments.
Dürr Campus in Southfield, MI
The German supplier expects customers will come to the new facility near Detroit to prove out paint processes, experiment with more efficient methods and test new materials, equipment and software.
Mazda Hoping for ‘CX-Mine’ Response to CUV
The automaker bills this family hauler as its quietest vehicle ever and the most exciting 3-row CUV on the market. The new CX-9 sort of seats seven, has a stellar powertrain and handles great, uncharacteristically hugging the road.
Bosch Set for Growth in Steering Business
With its established expertise in electronics, chassis control and electrical drives, the addition of a wholly owned steering division is an excellent fit, a Bosch executive says.
Bosch Puts Autonomous Tech in Park
The supplier uses a Mercedes B-Class to demonstrate its Home Zone Park Assist, which uses ultrasonic sensors and a stereo video camera for day-to-day parking in familiar spots, such as a carport or garage.
Bosch Advanced Technology Roadshow
Bosch opened its Flat Rock, MI, proving grounds to journalists for demos of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies.
Misfits and Missteps – 2016 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 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.
Novelis Starts Third Line for Aluminum Ford Pickups 2
The aluminum supplier already has two finishing lines for sheet aluminum for Ford F-Series pickups, and now a third comes online in Oswego, NY. The lines are running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and most of the output has been for Ford.
Novelis Aluminum Plant in Oswego, NY

Depending on inventory of recycled and raw materials, it can take between a week and a month to produce a finished roll of automotive-grade aluminum in Oswego. (See related article: 

Malibu HEV Belts Out Efficiency Tune
Chevy’s new hybrid borrows Volt technology and is capable of truly impressive real-world fuel economy. Too bad most buyers would rather get a pickup or utility vehicle.
’16 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
The Chevy Malibu Hybrid pairs a compact 1.8L I-4 with a 2-motor electric drive unit nearly identical to what spins the axles of the new Volt, a 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines winner.
Gesture Control One Path to Simpler Interiors
A panel devoted to the user experience in vehicle interiors generates news from Continental, which offers another approach to gesture control integrated within the steering wheel.
2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors Quick Hits
A summation of all 47 interiors evaluated in the 2016 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors.
XC90 Cabin Delivers Hypnotic Beauty
Volvo layers up the 7-passenger XC90 with smart safety features such as ergonomic and orthopedic seats designed to prevent back injuries if the vehicle is headed into a ditch. This crisply styled interior is highly intelligent and surprisingly clean.
Cadillac XT5 Achieves Interior XTC
Fully loaded for under $65,000, the Cadillac XT5 delivers an excellent interior with impeccable materials, spot-on ergonomics and metallic bits that are used sparingly but to great effect.
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