Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

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'15 Hyundai Sonata Eco 1.6L Turbo
On paper, one might expect this engine to feel underpowered and sluggish in a midsize cars such as the Sonata. But a number of WardsAuto editors have driven it, and their reviews are favorable. To date, the car has delivered 31.2 mpg (7.5 L/100 km).
BMW Tracking for California Growth
The automaker will open its Performance Center West driving school in Thermal, CA, at a new private race track that intends to be an exclusive country club for gearheads rather than golfers.
BMW at Thermal Club
Peter Miles, BMW of North America’s vice president-Sales Channel Development and Customer Relations, says the Performance Center is an ideal way to connect with car enthusiasts who may end up as loyal customers (See related story: BMW Tracking for California Growth).
Hemi Hellcat Engine Fully Loaded
“If you see any of this crap in the press that it’s not a 707-hp engine, it’s absolutely untrue,” says Chrysler's Chris Cowland. “SAE were here; they witnessed it. No one should be doubting that’s the real number.”
Hemi Hellcat Deep Dive
At just about every turn, Chrysler engineers developing the 6.2L supercharged Hemi Hellcat V-8 – the most powerful U.S. muscle-car engine ever produced – encountered forces that required unique solutions.
Will Navigator Help Lincoln Find Its Way? 3
The refreshed Navigator comes with a stout new powertrain, advanced adaptive suspension, new seats, exterior cosmetic updates, a user-friendly interface and a leather-wrapped instrument panel with distinctive cross-stitching.
’15 Lincoln Navigator
The upgrades to Navigator are appreciated, although there wasn’t much budget to change the overall aesthetic inside or out or to address interior fit-and-finish shortcomings, such as the substandard trimming of the headliner.
Tenneco: Emissions Targets Tough But Workable 1
By 2025, when cars and light trucks fall under the same Tier 3 emissions regulations, an automaker intending to sell one “dirty” vehicle at the top of the bin scale must sell 13 vehicles at the bottom to achieve the Bin 30 fleet average.
Bill Ford Supports Autonomous Cars, Trains in Megacities
A conundrum: Isn’t Ford in the business of selling as many cars and trucks as possible? “I think any business only exists to make people’s lives better, period,” Ford says. “Shoving more vehicles into an urban environment isn’t doing that.”
Bill Ford Supports Autonomous Cars, Trains in Megacities
A conundrum: Isn’t Ford in the business of selling as many cars and trucks as possible? “I think any business only exists to make people’s lives better, period,” Ford says. “Shoving more vehicles into an urban environment isn’t doing that.”
ITS World Congress Technology Showcase
Detroit's Belle Isle is hosting a Technology Showcase this week as part of ITS World Congress, which is dedicated to a future of connected, autonomous vehicles.
Magna Looking Back to Bright Future
It took nine years for Magna’s electronics plant in Holly, MI, to produce 10 million rearview cameras, but another 10 million will be assembled within the next 18 months.
Magna Electronics Plant in Holly, MI
Production at Magna's Holly, MI, plant has scaled up to 20,000 cameras daily shipped to 47 OEM locations, primarily in North and South America. The plant serves 15 automaker customers.
Toyota Gears Up for ITS World Congress
Discussions at the ITS World Congress in Detroit will center on questions about legislation, data protection and liability – specifically, where it rests if a computer-guided car goes the wrong way and causes mayhem, injury or death.
Toyota Advanced Safety Seminar
In setting the stage for the ITS World Congress in Detroit, which runs from Sept. 7 to 11, Toyota hosted an Advanced Safety Seminar in Ypsilanti, MI, on Sept. 4.
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