Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

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

Unexpected Goodies in Boxberg, Germany
Bosch hosted its biennial International Automotive Press Briefing this week at its test track in Boxberg, Germany, for more than 300 journalists from 40-some nations. The afternoon was spent test driving (or riding in) up to 40 vehicles, including the VW XL1 concept, a self-driving Tesla Model S and a Porsche 918 Spyder.
After Price-Fixing Plea, Bosch Emphasizes Core Technologies
Bosch’s top automotive executive says tough lessons were learned in the recent price-fixing scandal, and the company now needs to press on with next-generation vehicle technologies.
JCI, LTU Pair Up for Battery Research 2
A new dynamometer at Lawrence Tech’s campus will allow students and JCI engineers to work jointly on powertrain systems, such as a new dual-voltage stop-start system coming to market in 2018.
Dyno Dedication Sparks JCI, LTU Tie-up
Asked how students and JCI engineers will split time with the dyno, MaryAnn Wright says the workload for both groups will be seamless and integrated. JCI also will fund research to be done with the dyno, and students will be assigned projects and other work.
Nissan Titan at WardsAuto Interiors Conference
Nissan rolled out its all-new '16 Titan fullsize pickup at Detroit's Cobo Center as part of this week's WardsAuto Interiors Conference. First to market later this year will be the Titan XD with 5.0L Cummins diesel V-8, followed by gasoline offerings.
Misfits and Missteps – 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominees
WardsAuto highlights some of the frayed edges, poorly fitting trim and other issues that result in deducted points as judges select the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors. From Chevy, Dodge, Hyundai and Kia to Acura, Land Rover, Lincoln and Mercedes, it seems no automaker is perfect.
OEMs Take Map Pockets in Many Directions
The map pocket has become a vital storage bin in today's vehicles, clearly used for much more than folded paper roadmaps. A smattering of photos from the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors field shows the varying approaches as automakers attempt to maximize the utility of this space.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Winner: Nissan Murano
Inside and out, Nissan's all-new Murano makes a bold design statement by injecting stylistic drama into the high-volume midsize CUV segment. Our test vehicle, a fully loaded SL trim with all-wheel drive, carries $41,905 sticker price.
Seeing Red Isn’t All Bad 1
In a car like the all-new Mercedes C-Class, the Diamond White Metallic sheet metal is the predictable, safe bet, but the soft, quilted crimson leather that appears once the door opens serves as an invitation as irresistible as the siren’s song.
2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Winner: Mercedes C-Class
We find the new C-Class, stickering at about half the price of the S-Class flagship, to be a consummate bargain (well-equipped for $65,000). Plus, it carries over many of the advanced technologies that distinguish the S-Class, particularly the innovative interface and mood-specific ambient lighting.
2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Quick Hits
A concise summation of all 42 interiors evaluated as part of the 2015 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Winner: Mazda6

The redesigned Mazda6 won a Ward's 10 Best Interiors trophy two years ago, and this midcycle refresh delivers a new display screen and multimedia interface, as well as more premium materials.

2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Winner: Kia Sedona
Kia continues taking its Sedona minivan more upscale to compete with Chrysler Town & Country, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. The redesigned '15 model, fully loaded, carries a premium price, too: $43,295, including destination and handling.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Winner: Jeep Renegade
The Fiat Chrysler marriage produces one of its first offspring, the Jeep Renegade compact CUV built in Melfi, Italy, and sharing its underpinnings with the Fiat 500X. The design team took a clean-sheet approach that integrates several design cues paying tribute to Jeep interiors over the years. Our 4x4 Limited test vehicle carries a base price of $26,795 and a $33,205 sticker.
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?
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