Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

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

Magna Looking Back to Bright Future
It took nine years for Magna’s electronics plant in Holly, MI, to produce 10 million rearview cameras, but another 10 million will be assembled within the next 18 months.
Magna Electronics Plant in Holly, MI
Production at Magna's Holly, MI, plant has scaled up to 20,000 cameras daily shipped to 47 OEM locations, primarily in North and South America. The plant serves 15 automaker customers.
Toyota Gears Up for ITS World Congress
Discussions at the ITS World Congress in Detroit will center on questions about legislation, data protection and liability – specifically, where it rests if a computer-guided car goes the wrong way and causes mayhem, injury or death.
Toyota Advanced Safety Seminar
In setting the stage for the ITS World Congress in Detroit, which runs from Sept. 7 to 11, Toyota hosted an Advanced Safety Seminar in Ypsilanti, MI, on Sept. 4.
Ford Gets Rockin’ Down Highway 6
Ford Transit earns a standing ovation for its excellent 5-cyl. diesel engine, two wide-swinging rear doors, a side slider and a full-length vinyl floor covering that is heavy-duty, sweepable and easily cleaned.
’15 Ford Transit 250 HR Van
Ford Transit van is big enough to fit Keith Richards’ wardrobe and all of his on-stage amplifiers (a wall of nine speaker cabinets and amps) and guitars, as well as the medicine chest of tonics, pain killers and other substances necessary to keep him alive.
Delphi’s Tool to Keep Cool 
The supplier’s Cold Storage Evaporator, which goes into production next year, can keep the cabin cool up to two minutes while the engine is off in a micro-hybrid.
Delphi Technology Showcase
Delphi hosted a media event to highlight connectivity and active safety at its Auburn Hills, MI, Customer Technology Center. Other suppliers have demonstrated self-driving functionality on the road, but Delphi's prototypes at the event were stationary.
From Fantastic to Bizarre
Metro Detroit hosted the 20th annual Woodward Dream Cruise this past weekend, and the event truly has become Motor City Mardi Gras.
2014 Woodward Dream Cruise
Today is officially the Woodward Dream Cruise, but actually it's been going on for days and, for some car enthusiasts who can't wait to show off their rides, weeks and even months.
Reuss Gives Tesla Props, Loves His Old ’Vette
GM’s Mark Reuss praises Tesla as a worthy competitor in the EV sector and talks at length about his beloved ’54 Corvette, which required more than a little elbow grease on his part.
Woodward Dream Cruise Business Breakfast
The free-flowing conversation was steered by questions from WWJ listeners in the audience under a tent alongside Woodward Avenue, which tomorrow will host the world’s largest 1-day car event, for more than 1 million people. It’s the 20th year for the Dream Cruise.
Historic Vehicle Association
In addition to creating the national register, the new legislation authorized the Department of Interior to work with the Historic Vehicle Association to document and preserve automotive heritage.
Hellcat Sales Not Limited to 1,200 Units
Chrysler unveils the 707-hp Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, which goes on sale in early 2015. The automaker defuses rumors that production will be capped on its most powerful sedan or the 2-door Challenger SRT Hellcat.
2014 Woodward Pre-Dream Cruise
The official event won’t be held until this Saturday, but signs that the Woodward Dream Cruise is much more than a 1-day classic-car festival were evident last weekend.
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