Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

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Editors Judging 2016 Wards 10 Best UX
WardsAuto editors spent July and August evaluating 29 vehicles in judging the inaugural 2016 Wards 10 Best UX competition. Winners will be honored Oct. 4 at the first Wards User Experience Conference in Novi, MI.
'18 Chevrolet Equinox Unveiling
On the night of the autumnal equinox, General Motors unveiled the all-new '18 Chevrolet Equinox CUV at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. Springing from a new architecture and weighing 400 lbs. less than the current model, the midsize ute will go on sale next spring, and a 1.6L diesel 4-cyl. is promised for a summer arrival.
Chevy Betting on ’18 Equinox to Shine
The automaker is hoping fresh sheet metal, a snazzy interior and extensive new features in the areas of safety, driver assistance, connectivity and powertrain will turn the tide for the ’18 Equinox.
Audi Q7: Digital and Visual Wonderland
What we love about the Q7 is the ease with which its functions can be customized for every driver, including the tech lover who craves full engagement and the old-school type who wants to ignore the outside world and merely enjoy the drive.
Customization Vital to 10 Best UX Picks
The Wards 10 Best UX competition is intended to help the auto industry shape the perfect user experience, as defined by everyone.
Wards 10 Best UX Honorees Span Globe
The all-new Wards 10 Best User Experiences competition drills deeply into the user-friendliness of vehicle systems designed to minimize distraction and frustration, prevent accidents and improve safety in neighborhoods and on the highway.
2016 Wards 10 Best UX Winners
Winner profiles will appear on WardsAuto.com beginning Sept. 21, and honored automakers will receive their trophies on Oct. 4 at the WardsAuto User Experience Conference at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI.
Can Smartphone Replace Key Fob? 1
Continental is introducing two technologies intended to give smartphones access to authorized vehicles, but a company executive says he sees conventional fobs sticking around “for the foreseeable future.”
Nexteer Moves HQ to Metro Detroit in Search of Talent
With its new headquarters in Auburn Hills, MI, Nexteer can work more closely with customers on self-driving cars. Next year, some of its customers will launch vehicles that operate in Level 3 semi-autonomous mode.
2016 Woodward Dream Cruise: GM Exhibit in Birmingham 2
General Motors took over part of Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham during the Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday to celebrate Chevrolet, particularly 50 years of Camaro.
2016 Woodward Dream Cruise: Roadkill Nights in Pontiac 1
About 30,000 spectators converged on Pontiac, MI, to see street-legal drag racing Friday as part of Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge. The all-day event was part of the Woodward Dream Cruise and the grand opening of the M1 Concourse.
2016 Woodward Dream Cruise: Friday Berkley Parade
The city of Berkley takes its cruising seriously. Since the Woodward Dream Cruise began in 1995, the Detroit suburb has closed down its east-west thoroughfare, 12 Mile Road, on Friday night for a parade of classic cars.
2016 Woodward Dream Cruise Week
More than 1 million people are expected to crowd along Woodward Avenue in Metro Detroit this weekend for the annual Dream Cruise, a celebration of classic cars of all eras.
How We'll Pick Wards 10 Best UX Winners
The 10 Best UX does not replace Wards 10 Best Interiors, but instead augments it. We determined that the user experience, while very much a part of our overall interiors evaluations, could carry a competition all by itself.
Dodge Resurrects Iconic Muscle Marques 1
The ’17 Dodge Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona are being positioned below the 707-hp supercharged Hellcat variants, while leveraging certain Hellcat features at an attractive price.
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2017 Wards 10 Best Engines: Falling in Love With 6-Cyl. Turbos 2

BMW and Ford each have two stout turbo-6s in the hunt this year, while Infiniti has one. All five are smooth, extremely refined, reasonably fuel-efficient and dishing up loads of horsepower and torque....More

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