Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

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2016 Woodward Dream Cruise: GM Exhibit in Birmingham 2
General Motors took over part of Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham during the Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday to celebrate Chevrolet, particularly 50 years of Camaro.
2016 Woodward Dream Cruise: Roadkill Nights in Pontiac
About 30,000 spectators converged on Pontiac, MI, to see street-legal drag racing Friday as part of Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge. The all-day event was part of the Woodward Dream Cruise and the grand opening of the M1 Concourse.
2016 Woodward Dream Cruise: Friday Berkley Parade
The city of Berkley takes its cruising seriously. Since the Woodward Dream Cruise began in 1995, the Detroit suburb has closed down its east-west thoroughfare, 12 Mile Road, on Friday night for a parade of classic cars.
2016 Woodward Dream Cruise Week
More than 1 million people are expected to crowd along Woodward Avenue in Metro Detroit this weekend for the annual Dream Cruise, a celebration of classic cars of all eras.
How We'll Pick Wards 10 Best UX Winners
The 10 Best UX does not replace Wards 10 Best Interiors, but instead augments it. We determined that the user experience, while very much a part of our overall interiors evaluations, could carry a competition all by itself.
Dodge Resurrects Iconic Muscle Marques
The ’17 Dodge Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona are being positioned below the 707-hp supercharged Hellcat variants, while leveraging certain Hellcat features at an attractive price.
’17 Dodge Challenger T/A, Charger Daytona Unveiling 1
Tim Kuniskis sees the Woodward Dream Cruise, which will draw 1.5 million people to watch a parade of some 50,000 classic cars in Metro Detroit, as the ideal venue to begin marketing cars such as the '17 Dodge Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona.
Infiniti QX30: Why Sibling Rivalry Is Good
The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler have a cooperative agreement that has spawned the new QX30, a likable luxury compact CUV that handles well, looks stylish inside and out and is affordable. But it’s really a Mercedes-Benz under the skin.
M1 Concourse Opens in Pontiac, MI
The M1 Concourse officially opens, but business has been brisk for several months at the private "car condo" and track on the site of a former General Motors truck plant in Pontiac, MI. One year after groundbreaking, M1 CEO Brad Oleshansky says investors have purchased 130 private garages worth a total $25 million.
Refreshed Mazda3, Mazda6 Arriving Next Month
The two ’17 models will come standard with Mazda’s all-new G-Vectoring Control, which cuts a few degrees of ignition timing to reduce engine torque, effectively engine-braking the vehicle by about 0.05 g.
General Motors Heritage Center
Located in Sterling Heights, MI, the General Motors Heritage Center is a showplace for more than 165 historically significant production and concept vehicles and engines, while housing the corporate collection of historic literature and artifacts.
Avenir, Avista Inspire Buick Design
Buick’s top designer says response to the concept cars has been enthusiastic, and that certain design elements are informing future production vehicles.
Infiniti, Daimler Give Birth to QX30
With the QX30, it appears Daimler does the heavy product-development lifting. But in this long-term partnership founded six years ago with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, an Infiniti executive says his company will carry its weight in many ways.
BMW Makes N55 Engine New Again 2
For those who thought BMW’s excellent N55 turbo inline-6 was headed for retirement, a test drive in the M2, with a 365-hp modified N55 under the hood, shows this engine can run with the best.
Cyber Fight Requires Industry, Government Unity 2
Some 500 people attended an automotive cybersecurity summit in Detroit to hear how government and the auto industry are responding to the threat of vehicle hackers.
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