Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Ford Gets Rockin’ Down Highway
Ford Transit earns a standing ovation for its excellent 5-cyl. diesel engine, two wide-swinging rear doors, a side slider and a full-length vinyl floor covering that is heavy-duty, sweepable and easily cleaned.
’15 Ford Transit 250 HR Van
Ford Transit van is big enough to fit Keith Richards’ wardrobe and all of his on-stage amplifiers (a wall of nine speaker cabinets and amps) and guitars, as well as the medicine chest of tonics, pain killers and other substances necessary to keep him alive.
Delphi’s Tool to Keep Cool 
The supplier’s Cold Storage Evaporator, which goes into production next year, can keep the cabin cool up to two minutes while the engine is off in a micro-hybrid.
Delphi Technology Showcase
Delphi hosted a media event to highlight connectivity and active safety at its Auburn Hills, MI, Customer Technology Center. Other suppliers have demonstrated self-driving functionality on the road, but Delphi's prototypes at the event were stationary.
From Fantastic to Bizarre
Metro Detroit hosted the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise this past weekend, and the event truly has become Motor City Mardi Gras.
2014 Woodward Dream Cruise
Today is officially the Woodward Dream Cruise, but actually it's been going on for days and, for some car enthusiasts who can't wait to show off their rides, weeks and even months.
Reuss Gives Tesla Props, Loves His Old ’Vette
GM’s Mark Reuss praises Tesla as a worthy competitor in the EV sector and talks at length about his beloved ’54 Corvette, which required more than a little elbow grease on his part.
Woodward Dream Cruise Business Breakfast
The free-flowing conversation was steered by questions from WWJ listeners in the audience under a tent alongside Woodward Avenue, which tomorrow will host the world’s largest 1-day car event, for more than 1 million people. It’s the 20th year for the Dream Cruise.
Historic Vehicle Association
In addition to creating the national register, the new legislation authorized the Department of Interior to work with the Historic Vehicle Association to document and preserve automotive heritage.
Hellcat Sales Not Limited to 1,200 Units
Chrysler unveils the 707-hp Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, which goes on sale in early 2015. The automaker defuses rumors that production will be capped on its most powerful sedan or the 2-door Challenger SRT Hellcat.
2014 Woodward Pre-Dream Cruise
The official event won’t be held until this Saturday, but signs that the Woodward Dream Cruise is much more than a 1-day classic-car festival were evident last weekend.
C-Class Ready to Battle 3-Series
The new C gets two excellent new gasoline engines, more space, top-notch active-safety equipment, solid driving dynamics, an available air suspension and a spot-on interior that looks and feels truly premium.
Spotted at Dearborn Maker Faire 2014
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI, hosted its fifth annual Maker Faire Detroit this past weekend in highlighting the importance of grassroots innovation and problem-solving. Some 400 creators participated in this year’s event, including 100 for the first time.
EPA Says Industry Ahead of CAFE Curve 10
“What we are finding is manufacturers are not only bringing technology in faster than we thought they would, they are also bringing different technology to fruition than what we anticipated,” says the EPA’s Michael Olechiw.
What Can You Make?
The Henry Ford in Dearborn will host this weekend’s celebration of creativity in parts of the museum and adjacent parking lot. The family-friendly festival is like a traveling circus, highlighting the works of local tinkerers at each stop.
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