Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

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

New 540i Steps Up BMW’s User Experience
James Bond didn’t have massaging seats in his 7-Series 20 years ago, and even he would be blown away by all the gadgets and gizmos that make the new 540i so special.
Mainstream Brands Rule Wards 10 Best UX List
“We started this competition one year ago, and in that short time we’ve seen tremendous progress on the part of automakers. These are small steps toward the world of autonomous vehicles,” says Drew Winter, senior content director at WardsAuto.
2017 Wards 10 Best UX Winners
The focus of the Wards 10 Best UX competition is to identify driver interfaces that are user-friendly, navigation systems that are easy to program, collision-avoidance technologies that are dependable and smartphone integration that is simple.
New Leaf Right Package at Right Price, Nissan Exec Says
Reed is convinced 150 miles of range meets 90% of the usage requirements for Leaf customers. A more-powerful 60-kWh battery coming later is expected to extend range well over 200 miles (322 km).
BMW Transforms Steyr Plant for Modular Engines
Even as VW’s emissions scandal hurts demand for diesel engines, BMW’s retooled plant in Steyr, Austria, is flexible enough to respond by quickly ramping up production of modular gasoline engines with little disruption.
Planets Aligning for Dana’s VariGlide Beltless CVT 7
Dana is counting on its new continuously variable planetary transmission technology to convince automakers to make the switch from gears to spheres.
2017 Woodward Dream Cruise Weekend 2
The weather cooperated beautifully as more than 1 million enthusiasts and about 40,000 classic cars from around the country converged on metro Detroit for the Woodward Dream Cruise this past weekend.
2017 Woodward Dream Cruise - Friday
On the eve of the 2017 Woodward Dream Cruise, classic cars from across the country converge on metro Detroit to celebrate the auto industry's glory days. The event runs all day today on the thoroughfare connecting Detroit to its northern suburbs.
2017 Woodward Dream Cruise 1
Some 40,000 meticulously maintained or lovingly restored vintage cars will be participating in this weekend's annual Woodward Dream Cruise along the thoroughfare connecting Detroit to its northern suburbs.
Crosstrek Keeping Rivals in Crosshairs
Subaru’s all-new second-generation compact CUV delivers a stylish high-contrast interior and first-rate multimedia infotainment system, and it arrives as the model it replaces remains a leader in this growing segment.
The Big Story: BMW's Identity Crisis
Bavaria’s blue and white brand appears to be in turmoil: Top executives are leaving, sales are down, new models are turning few heads and U.S. dealers are agitated.
2017 Wards 10 Best UX Nominees
WardsAuto editors have begun evaluating nominees for the 2017 Wards 10 Best User Experiences to recognize new vehicles with user-friendly technology that is connected, safe and intuitive.
ZF’s AKC Solution for Rear-Steering Pickups 2
To demonstrate the potential gain in agility, ZF has equipped a Ford F-150 to pivot the rear wheels up to 12 degrees in either direction, reducing the turning circle from 48 ft. to 38 ft. (14.6 m to 11.6 m), roughly the same as a Ford Escape CUV.
Chevy Equinox: All Turbo All the Time
Consumers associate turbochargers with high output, and Chevy is counting on the new Equinox engine lineup to be a competitive advantage: It’s the only midsize CUV offered with nothing but forced induction.
ZF CEO Still Concerned About Trump; TRW Signs to Disappear
Stefan Sommer says consequences for auto industry will be dire if U.S. imposes taxes on imports. Also, two years after ZF acquired TRW for $12.4 billion, the two company logos no longer will share space on buildings.


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