Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

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

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.
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.
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