Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

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

Valeo System Protects Pedestrians
The supplier can use headlamps to project warnings along the edge of road surfaces to pedestrians at night. The technology is another step toward smarter vehicles that ultimately will be able to drive themselves, Valeo says.
2015 Consumer Electronics Show Floor
Las Vegas this week is hosting the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, a massive conference that draws 180,000 people and extends to multiple facilities up and down the Strip. Virtually every sector of consumer electronics is represented at the show, including automotive. For the past several years, automakers and key suppliers have stepped up presence at CES. Ten automakers are participating this year.
Panasonic Advances With Aupeo, eCockpit, Sync 
At CES, the electronics supplier is rolling out its new Aupeo customized Internet radio service and emphasizing its role in developing Ford’s third-generation Sync telematics system.
Ford: Smart Mobility Will Ease Gridlock 
Ford research projects include car-sharing in India and Germany, car-swapping among Ford employees in Dearborn, rental cars on-demand in London and a cloud-based network identifying available parking spots in Atlanta.
2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines Quick Hits
A concise pro-and-con summation of all 37 powertrains evaluated in the 2015 competition. Many of these comments came directly from editor score sheets.
2015 Winner: Volvo 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-Cyl.
The premium market is flooded with good 4-cyl. turbocharged engines, but Volvo’s new T5 2.0L in the S60 sets a high bar for all.
Bosch Consolidates JV Ownership  1
From refrigerators and other appliances to energy creation and tools to enable “smart homes,” Bosch takes strategic steps to continue pushing well beyond its automotive expertise.
Where’s the Eco in EcoBoost? 15
The F-150’s 2.7L V-6 didn’t make our list because of disappointing fuel economy, and the Mustang’s 2.3L I-4 just doesn’t sound like it belongs in a pony car.
2015 Winner: VW 1.8L Turbocharged DOHC 4-Cyl.
The 1.8L TSI is among the most affordable powerplants springing from the smartly crafted third-generation EA888 engine family. This accessible, delightful I-4 can be had for under $18,000 in the Golf.
2015 Winner: Subaru 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC H-4
Subaru’s 2.0L turbocharged “FA” H-4 in the WRX introduces an uncommon sense of immediacy to the turbo-4 experience. This fleet-footed boxer steps into the ring with fire in its eyes.
2015 Winner: Ram 3.0L EcoDiesel DOHC V-6
The Ram 1500 wins for being the first modern light-duty diesel in a fullsize pickup, whose work cycle is well suited for torque-rich combustion ignition. Filling this gaping hole in the segment clearly has paid off for Chrysler.
'15 Hyundai Tucson FCV
Amazingly, there is nothing about the CUV that suggests anything unusual, except that it has extraordinary capabilities for an EV.
2015 Winner: Chrysler 6.2L Supercharged OHV V-8 2
Exploring the Hellcat’s expansive powerband is nothing short of transformative. Getting out of the car afterward, one might resemble Moses coming down from Mount Sinai with a glowing aura after conversing with God.
2015 Winner: Chevrolet 6.2L LT1 OHV DI V-8
Whereas the Hellcat Hemi V-8 is a Braveheart mallet to the face, the 460-hp ’Vette powerplant is a black-ops sniper with a clear shot in daylight. Other naturally aspirated small-blocks will outsell the LT1, but they will never outperform it.
2015 Winner: BMW 127-kW Electric Motor 2
The BMW i3’s 170-hp electric motor propels the spacious 4-seater with a free-wheeling simplicity that is uncommon among EVs. Aggressive regenerative braking lets you drive while rarely touching the brake pedal. This is the future.
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