Tom Murphy

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

’17 Dodge Challenger T/A, Charger Daytona Unveiling 1
Tim Kuniskis sees the Woodward Dream Cruise, which will draw 1.5 million people to watch a parade of some 50,000 classic cars in Metro Detroit, as the ideal venue to begin marketing cars such as the '17 Dodge Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona.
Infiniti QX30: Why Sibling Rivalry Is Good
The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler have a cooperative agreement that has spawned the new QX30, a likable luxury compact CUV that handles well, looks stylish inside and out and is affordable. But it’s really a Mercedes-Benz under the skin.
M1 Concourse Opens in Pontiac, MI
The M1 Concourse officially opens, but business has been brisk for several months at the private "car condo" and track on the site of a former General Motors truck plant in Pontiac, MI. One year after groundbreaking, M1 CEO Brad Oleshansky says investors have purchased 130 private garages worth a total $25 million.
Refreshed Mazda3, Mazda6 Arriving Next Month
The two ’17 models will come standard with Mazda’s all-new G-Vectoring Control, which cuts a few degrees of ignition timing to reduce engine torque, effectively engine-braking the vehicle by about 0.05 g.
General Motors Heritage Center
Located in Sterling Heights, MI, the General Motors Heritage Center is a showplace for more than 165 historically significant production and concept vehicles and engines, while housing the corporate collection of historic literature and artifacts.
Avenir, Avista Inspire Buick Design
Buick’s top designer says response to the concept cars has been enthusiastic, and that certain design elements are informing future production vehicles.
Infiniti, Daimler Give Birth to QX30
With the QX30, it appears Daimler does the heavy product-development lifting. But in this long-term partnership founded six years ago with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, an Infiniti executive says his company will carry its weight in many ways.
BMW Makes N55 Engine New Again 2
For those who thought BMW’s excellent N55 turbo inline-6 was headed for retirement, a test drive in the M2, with a 365-hp modified N55 under the hood, shows this engine can run with the best.
Cyber Fight Requires Industry, Government Unity 2
Some 500 people attended an automotive cybersecurity summit in Detroit to hear how government and the auto industry are responding to the threat of vehicle hackers.
2016 Rolling Sculpture Car Show
Downtown Ann Arbor, MI, this past weekend hosted the 22nd annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show, a tribute to classic sheet metal. More than 300 exotic, antique, classic and one-of-a-kind cars from around the world lined city streets for the free event.
Intelligent, Yes, To a Point
Mercedes bills the new E-Class as the most intelligent car in the world, a significant achievement as autonomous cars arrive. In truth, it stands as a brilliantly executed sedan best experienced from behind the steering wheel.
Mercedes Bringing Stratified-Charge V-6 to U.S.
With the new stratified-charge application, the turbocharged 3.0L V-6 will continue to employ direct fuel injection, but the injectors have been redesigned to spray under higher pressure later in the intake stroke, just before compression.
Dürr Opens Michigan Paint Tech Center
The German supplier strategically positions its technical and testing facility near Detroit to train automaker customers to get the most out of their investments.
Dürr Campus in Southfield, MI
The German supplier expects customers will come to the new facility near Detroit to prove out paint processes, experiment with more efficient methods and test new materials, equipment and software.
Mazda Hoping for ‘CX-Mine’ Response to CUV
The automaker bills this family hauler as its quietest vehicle ever and the most exciting 3-row CUV on the market. The new CX-9 sort of seats seven, has a stellar powertrain and handles great, uncharacteristically hugging the road.


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