Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
2-Cyl. Limbo: How Low Can You Go?
Schaeffler says a 3-cyl. engine with cylinder deactivation would consume at least 3% less fuel than the same engine without it, and the technology is less expensive than a hybrid powertrain.
Outback Gets Out Front Among CUVs 11
The new ute comes with two capable engines, smooth and efficient CVTs, appealing but evolutionary styling and a roomy, stylish interior with a redesigned and user-friendly telematics interface.
Valeo Launching Two Electric Superchargers  6
The electric supercharger is driven not by the crankshaft but instead by a switched-reluctance motor that spins the compressor wheel. The device can deliver additional boost within 300 milliseconds.
Valeo Hiring Engineers in North America 
Valeo’s North American headcount has doubled to 11,500 employees since 2010, and regional sales have tripled to $2.6 billion. Many engineering positions are expected to be filled by year’s end.
Cat-Like Reflexes Make M3/M4 Irresistible
Cycling up through gears on Road America’s long straight-aways to 140 mph, the dual-clutch transmission shifts with the clean-cut precision of a guillotine. It’s about this time the driver recognizes the M3/M4 as the king of the sports-car jungle.
'15 Nissan Murano
Nissan recently brought the new Murano CUV to the WardsAuto offices for an editorial walk-around with Christopher Reed, director-overseas chief vehicle engineer.
BMW Vehicles Integrating GoPro Camera Link
The Bavarian automaker partners with GoPro, provider of go-anywhere, do-anything cameras for thrill-seekers, to enable the Ultimate Video Machine.
BMW X5: Premium, Practical, Powerful
The third-generation CUV now appears more wedge-like and benefits from deep-drawn sheet metal, a slightly lower roof and short front overhang. It’s both bigger and lighter, with three excellent powertrain offerings.
First Ride: Porsche’s Million-Dollar Car
Unlike dedicated race cars, the 918 Spyder, which can run for about 12 miles (19 km) on nothing but electricity, carries an impressive EPA fuel-economy rating of 67 mpg-e.
Porsche 918 Spyder More Than Super Fast
Don’t overlook the car’s ground-breaking telematics system that puts information, audio, climate and communication functions within easy reach of the driver on an angled touchscreen.
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.
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