Tom Murphy

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

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.
C-Class Ready to Battle 3-Series
The new C gets two excellent new gasoline engines, more space, top-notch active-safety equipment, solid driving dynamics, an available air suspension and a spot-on interior that looks and feels truly premium.
Spotted at Dearborn Maker Faire 2014
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI, hosted its fifth annual Maker Faire Detroit this past weekend in highlighting the importance of grassroots innovation and problem-solving. Some 400 creators participated in this year’s event, including 100 for the first time.
EPA Says Industry Ahead of CAFE Curve 10
“What we are finding is manufacturers are not only bringing technology in faster than we thought they would, they are also bringing different technology to fruition than what we anticipated,” says the EPA’s Michael Olechiw.
What Can You Make?
The Henry Ford in Dearborn will host this weekend’s celebration of creativity in parts of the museum and adjacent parking lot. The family-friendly festival is like a traveling circus, highlighting the works of local tinkerers at each stop.
Porsche Sure to Score With Macan 6
If the Cayenne proved to be an easy layup for German engineers who knew nothing about SUVs, then the Macan is Air Jordan soaring through the lane, tongue wagging, ball raised like a lethal tomahawk about to find its target.
Collector Car Appreciation Day
In honor of National Collector Car Appreciation Day, Hagerty Classic Cars, which insures about 900,000 lovingly restored autos nationwide, celebrated by offering owners (many of them customers) up to 10 gallons (37.8 L) of fuel at a deep, deep discount.
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.
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