Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

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Lincoln Looks to MKX, Continental for Growth
The new MKX CUV is arriving in showrooms as dealers sell down the old model. Next year, Ford’s luxury brand will bring back the Continental nameplate based on a sedan concept that was well-received at auto shows in New York and Shanghai.
Refueling Challenges Overshadow FCV’s Capability
With such extreme hurdles in the way of refueling, the WardsAuto editors will have much to contemplate as we decide whether the Tucson FCV is worthy of a repeat.
German Luxury and Muscle Can Co-Exist
With a 4.0L bi-turbo V-8 packing 503 hp, the Mercedes AMG GT S is a 2-seat coupe on a mission to impress with sharp looks, an intoxicating exhaust note and a back end that breaks free with some regularity.
’16 Mercedes AMG GT S
The Mercedes AMG GT S looks, feels and sounds like Germany’s best efforts to launch an American-style muscle car, right down to the high-rpm howl, the gentle shake and burble at idle and the delicious gasp of backpressure during downshifts as a corner approaches.
Come Play, Ponder, Create at Platform 12
Time is of the essence on the top floor of the main building at Bosch’s new research center in Renningen, Germany, where the freedom to contemplate in an unconventional space is purposely designed to yield the next great invention.
Creating Fun at Bosch’s Platform 12
Platform 12 at Bosch's new research campus in Germany is a large, open room surrounded entirely by glass on three walls, and the space is peppered with work stations. As ideas flourish here, the goal is to bring advanced innovations to production.
Bosch Wants ‘Millions of Ideas’
The company wants its new 14-building research campus in Germany to function like a university, specifically Stanford. Each building is designed to foster interaction and exchange of ideas between students and engineers.
Lexus Drops Another F-Bomb
Lexus’ GS F sedan corners great with its torque-vectoring differential, sounds great with its active sound control exhaust system, goes hard with its 467-hp V-8 and looks awfully spiffy, prepped for battle with German rivals.
Nissan VQ Among Crowded V-6 Field
Nissan’s 3.5L “VQ” will be among several new or improved naturally aspirated V-6s in this fall’s Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition. In this Under the Hood installment, we look at the VQ after its most significant redesign since its launch in 1995.
New Technologies Flourish in ’16 1
The arrival of a new model year represents the promise and possibility that comes with freshly stamped sheet metal, form-fitting seats, aesthetics that speak directly to one’s desires and, simply, stuff that works better.
Marysville Gets New Coat of Paint 
Honda’s new paint line, ready in 2017, will use waterborne primer (replacing a solvent-based coating) and requires no sanding or baking of the primer coat. The new “Line 1” incorporates two baking processes in between coats, instead of three previously.
Embattled VW Refreshes Passat Sedan
VW is intent on turning the tide for the slow-selling Passat, jazzing up its appearance with a new hood, front fenders, grille, front and rear bumpers and trunklid and taillights, although sheet metal carries over on the roof, doors and bodyside panels.
Galpin, Fisker Offer Rocket Speedster Concept
Galpin and designer Henrik Fisker recently unveiled the Rocket Speedster Concept, a 2-seat version of the $109,100 Rocket coupe, derived from the ’15 Ford Mustang GT. The Speedster has not yet been confirmed for production.
Bentley Seeks New Terrain With Bentayga
Bentley’s new SUV carries over some of the 2012 concept’s themes, namely the prominent haunches and steeply raked backlight. But there the similarities end.
’16 Grand Cherokee First With Upgraded Pentastar V-6
Without 2-step variable valve lift, the ’15 version of the Pentastar always operated in high-lift mode, consuming more fuel. FCA says the new system results in less overall pumping work, singlehandedly accounting for a fuel-economy gain of up to 2.7%.
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