Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

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2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Chevrolet Trax
Assembled in South Korea, Chevrolet Trax enters the compact CUV segment loaded with features popular among young buyers. Test vehicle equipped with front-wheel drive and 1.4L turbo-4 is priced at $23,815, including $875 destination charges.
Ford GT Interior Leverages Biometric Research
The 2-seat supercar launching next year is among the first in the Ford stable drawing from a new research project that quantifies a driver’s emotional attachment to a vehicle interior and even tracks brainwaves and eye movements.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Ram Promaster City Wagon
No question, Ram's Promaster City Wagon, hailing from Europe as part of the Fiat linkup, is a compact cargo van in a growing segment. But this vehicle offers second-row seating for three occupants, making it a viable alternative for small-business owners who occasionally need to cart around the kids. Base price of $24,130 makes it compelling.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Nissan Murano
Inside and out, Nissan's all-new Murano makes a bold design statement by injecting stylistic drama into the high-volume midsize CUV segment.
2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Nominee: Mercedes S550 Coupe 1
The Mercedes S550 sedan earned a 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors trophy, and this year the coupe is vying for contention, delivering the same jaw-dropping features as the 4-door while amping up style with bold red leather inside.
Ford Conquesting Young Enthusiasts  4
The new Ford Performance Group unites several previously independent teams into one organization focused on the lucrative (and growing) sector of high-output sports cars.
Honda CR-V: Judging for 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors 1
WardsAuto's Tom Murphy shares his thoughts on the Honda CR-V, a nominee in the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition.
Subaru Legacy: Judging for 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors
WardsAuto's Tom Murphy shares his thoughts on the Subaru Legacy, a nominee in the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition.
Corvette Z06 Tutorial: Know Your Limits 9
The 650-hp super car is capable of sprinting to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.9 seconds and traversing a quarter-mile (0.4 km) in less than 11 seconds. If you don’t know your limitations as a driver, or passenger, the Z06 will.
Canyon vs. Colorado: Judging for 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors
WardsAuto's Tom Murphy shares his thoughts on the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, both nominees in the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition.
Volvo Promises 7 Vehicles in 4 Years 3
The plan includes redesigned versions of the S80, V70, XC60, S60 and V60, as well as new V40 and XC40 for the U.S. By the time Volvo’s product offensive is complete four years from now, no vehicle in the lineup will be more than four years old.
Mechanic’s Newest Tool: Augmented Reality 1
Continental’s Connected Technician uses a tablet with a wireless link to a vehicle to coach a mechanic step-by-step through the entire process of diagnosing a problem and then fixing it. The device will be on the market next year.
Delphi Turns in Solid 2014 As O’Neal Exits 
Delphi earned $1.5 billion last year, and the 2015 forecast is upbeat, pegged to the launch of new gasoline direct-injection and light-duty diesel programs and a projected doubling of active-safety revenues.
Ford Focus RS Joins AWD Hot-Hatch Segment 5
Ford reveals its all-new Focus RS, slated for arrival next year with a 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cyl. that carries a number of upgrades from its first application in the all-new Mustang. Ford isn’t discussing pricing or volume projections.
Hella Giving Vehicles Sense of Touch 
Hella unveils its Intelligent Damage Detection System, which uses piezo-based sensors to detect whenever a body panel sustains a scratch, dent or worse. Think of the implications for rental fleets, car-sharing companies and personal vehicles.
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