Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Recaro Seats Conquer Pikes Peak Plunge 4
What makes the 2012 Pikes Peak accident so amazing is the extent of injuries to driver Jeremy Foley and navigator Yuri Kouznetsov: They walk away after barrel-rolling hundreds of feet down a steep, rocky embankment.
First Ride: Mustang 4-Cyl. Convincing Enough 5
From the passenger seat, the all-new 2.3L EcoBoost propels the car with gusto through three laps on a short handling track about the size of a football field in the Charlotte Motor Speedway parking lot.
Once-Exclusive Brembo Adapts to High Volume 2
Recognized for producing brakes for high-performance cars, Italy-based Brembo has expanded its product strategy to include high-volume mainstream vehicles. But BMW, Mercedes and the new Chevrolet Corvette remain core customers.
Ford Performance Event in Charlotte, NC
GoPro cameras in the cabin of a NASCAR racer are great, but they fail to convey the brute force, the heat, the sound, the vibration, the watercolor imagery and the feeling of separation from reality.
2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Quick Hits
A concise summation of all 41 interiors evaluated as part of the 2014 competition. Many of these comments are taken directly from score sheets submitted by WardsAuto editors. Prices listed are sticker.
Spectacular Wraith Holds Up in ‘Value’ Category
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors features the Rolls-Royce Wraith, a car for discriminating buyers and Powerball jackpot winners. There’s no price cap for our competition, and it costs nothing to dream.
Taiwan Inside: Supply Chain Preps for EVs
For years, Taiwan has been a reliable source of auto parts. Now, the region, and three companies in particular, are gearing up production of motors, batteries, controls, chargers, connectors and other necessary components.
Mazda3 Follows in Mazda6 Footsteps
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors highlights the new Mazda3, which uses new technology, great value and snappy good looks to win the brand a second consecutive interiors trophy.
Jeep Cherokee Celebrates Great Indoors
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors features the Jeep Cherokee Limited, a well-equipped CUV with an interior that is upscale, boldly styled, comfortable and, yes, rugged.
Polar Vortex No Match for Sierra Denali
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors highlights the GMC Sierra Denali, a truck that survived the Polar Vortex and promises to make job sites a lot less like work.
Line Blurred Between Luxury, Mainstream Interiors
Even “entry-level” cars earning Ward’s 10 Best Interiors honors this year are delivering premium content. Each day for the next two weeks, WardsAuto will profile a winning interior.
Taiwan Keeps Plugging In EV Market
Without homegrown automakers that compete on a world stage, how can a nation barely larger than Rhode Island become a world leader in a sector that is struggling to gain a foothold in other mature vehicle markets, such as the U.S.?
From Kia to Rolls-Royce, Interiors Honored 2
Culled from a pool of 41 new or redesigned vehicles, the 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors represent a broad swath of cars and utility vehicles available in the U.S.
Luxury Entries Overwhelming Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Field
More than half of the 41 vehicles being evaluated in this year’s competition are from premium brands or those aspiring to be. Winners will be announced next week.
BMW Expanding Spartanburg for X7 Production 
BMW is expanding annual capacity in South Carolina 50% to 450,000 vehicles to produce the all-new X7 3-row utility vehicle. Plus, the plant has begun building the new X4, which will go on sale this summer.
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