Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Honda Fit: Black Is Beautiful
When a car like the affordable Fit rolls in with an onyx cabin that manages to rise above the dark and dreary wintertime surroundings, rest assured it is truly deserving. Is it any wonder a car named Fit is a showcase for expert fit-and-finish?
2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winner – Honda Fit
It helps when the Fit's black surfaces are soft-touch matte-finish trim on the instrument panel, doors and armrests, not to mention the high-quality leather on the steering wheel and heated front firmly bolstered seats. This monochromatic approach makes the metallic bits on the IP, doors, vents, steering wheel and shifter bezel really pop.
2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winner: Ford F-150 King Ranch
The innovative aluminum body gets most of the attention, but the interior of the all-new '15 Ford F-150 also has been completely redesigned. A 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors winner was a top-of-the-line F-150 4x4 Supercrew King Ranch stickering at $60,675, including nearly $8,000 worth of optional equipment.
2015 SAE World Congress -- View From the Floor
Detroit's Cobo Center hosted the 2015 SAE World Congress last week. Some 11,000 engineers from 40 countries came to town for 1,500 technical presentations, more than a dozen topical panels and several keynote speeches.
Chrysler 300 Interior Bowls Over Competition
Making big sedans relevant again, the refreshed Chrysler 300 carries over many of the styling cues, inside and out, that have made it a perennial contender, while integrating a number of meaningful improvements.
2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winner: Chrysler 300C
The Chrysler 300 is much more than cool electronics. From the white-faced analog clock to the heated rear seats, the cabin is roomy, welcoming and luxurious. With the 300 and platform mate Dodge Charger, Fiat Chrysler kinda owns the big-car segment.
BMW i3: Progressively Quirky, Spot-On 1
The BMW i3 earns its 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors trophy for ambitiously combining practicality, progressive materials and quirky styling into an unconventional package that may shock at first but soon grows comforting.
2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winner – BMW i3
Once inside the i3, the eye is drawn to an odd assemblage of materials that makes one wonder if this particular model left the factory without all its parts. But the package works, and the materials, alone, deserve an award for sustainability.
10 Best Interiors Keep on Trucking
For the first time, five vehicles classified as trucks make our list. For the next two weeks, WardsAuto will present articles and photo galleries featuring the winners, some of the losers and other trends we spotted during the competition.
Honda Pioneers Ablation Casting With NSX
“Ablation casting was a key concept in order to produce this spaceframe,” Chief Engineer Ted Klaus says of the new NSX. “Without being able to apply castings at all the suspension points, we couldn’t produce a body this rigid.”
OEMs Ponder Dual-Fuel, Cooled EGR Combustion Strategies
A Southwest Research scientist says many automakers are just getting started in their research of the dual-fuel RCCI system, and that it will take at least a decade before the technology is ready for production vehicles.
Inner Beauty for the Masses
Editors selected the Ward’s 10 Best Interiors after spending February and March evaluating 42 new interiors and scoring them on design aesthetics, materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value, fit-and-finish and driver information. Trophies will be awarded May 13.
2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winners 2
An extensive package profiling the winners will appear on WardsAuto.com beginning April 27 and will be featured in the May issue of WardsAuto World digital magazine.
Shell Eco-Marathon Detroit
Young, open minds undeterred by the fog of realism converged on Detroit’s Cobo Center over the weekend for the Shell Eco-marathon Americas, the ultimate fuel-economy challenge. About 1,000 students representing 110 high schools and colleges from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Guatamala brought their hand-built concepts.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Infiniti QX80
Infiniti's flagship SUV, the QX80, seats seven and is loaded with premium features, such as Truffle Brown semi-aniline leather and copious amounts of open-pore matte finish ash wood trim. Base price of this AWD model with 5.6L V-8 is $66,350, but our loaded test model stickers for $89,845.
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