Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

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Wards 10 Best Interiors in Lap of Luxury
For the first time, six luxury brands earn Wards 10 Best Interiors trophies. In years past, the list has never had more than three luxury brands.
2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors Winners
Each vehicle nominated for Wards 10 Best Interiors is scored based on aesthetics and design harmony as well as materials, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value and fit-and-finish. Editors also test the user-friendliness of the human-machine interface.
Industry Drawn Into War on Cybercrime
A government prosecutor commends auto engineers for development of self-driving cars, but he also knows “there’s a determine adversary out there who wants to turn what you designed for good against us and exploit its weaknesses.”
2016 CCS Student Design Competition
Students from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit have shared their visions for the interior of self-driving cars in the year 2030.
What Makes a Great Interior?
This year’s Wards 10 Best Interiors field consists of 47 nominees, including 18 utility vehicles and 15 sedans. Winners will be announced April 14.
2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors Nominees
Eight WardsAuto editors based in Southfield, MI, select the Wards 10 Best Interiors after spending February and March evaluating the vehicles and scoring each based on materials, ergonomics, driver information, safety, comfort, fit-and-finish, value and aesthetics.
V-12, AWD, Cabrios Part of BMW Group Unveilings
In New York this week, BMW introduces a 610-hp V-12 in the ’17 M760i sedan, as well as the Alpina B7, powered by a 600-hp 4.4L twin-turbo V-8. Meanwhile, sister brand Mini debuts the convertible Cooper and all-wheel-drive Clubman ALL4.
XT5 Much More Than Utilitarian Hauler 1
On sale in April, the 5-passenger CUV benefits from softer edges in the sheet metal, an excellent 3.6L V-6, sophisticated all-wheel drive and aggressive mass reduction. Inside, the XT5 is ergonomically sound and isn’t trying too hard to be flashy.
'17 Cadillac XT5
With a Wards 10 Best Engines winner under the hood, excellent driving dynamics and a warm, inviting interior, the all-new Cadillac XT5 should pick up where the SRX left off -- as the brand's most popular vehicle.
Louwman Museum in Netherlands
Car enthusiasts visiting the Netherlands should set aside a day for the Louwman Museum in The Hague. This stunning collection of rarities stretches from 1886 to the 1970s and includes more than 250 vehicles. Some of the vehicles belonged to Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, Sir Winston Churchill and even James Bond.
New Names Part of Luxury Game, Cadillac Boss Says 5
Johan de Nysschen is upbeat about rising transaction prices for Cadillac, and he defends the new alphanumeric nomenclature. To a 30-year-old luxury brand intender in China, the names Eldorado and Coupe de Ville mean “absolutely zero,” he says.
GM Plans Vacuum-Free Braking in Next-Gen Trucks, Sources Say 9
ZF TRW’s Integrated Brake Control is a 1-piece module that eliminates the master cylinder, vacuum pump and associated hoses while incorporating electronic stability control, traction control and an electric motor to push hydraulic fluid to brakes at all four corners.
ZF TRW Winter Driving in Sweden
ZF TRW staged a winter driving event at its test track in Arvidsjaur, Sweden, and highlighted several technologies, including next-generation electronic stability control, rear-wheel steering, radar and video fusion, belt-driven electric power steering, illuminated seatbelt buckles and vacuum-free braking, known as Integrated Brake Control.
Brose’s New Ideas for Old Technologies 4
From smartphone-controlled folding seats to auto-closing doors and a cargo canopy, Brose’s engineers are testing the market with some far-out ideas. “We want to see if we are going in the right direction,” Mike Brosseau says.
Brose’s Glimpse Into Tomorrow
With expertise in mechatronics, Brose manufactures window regulators, door latches and seat frames, as well as motors for climate-control blowers, cooling fans and drivetrain actuators. Today, Brose is reinventing these components to improve comfort, convenience and safety.
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