Tom Murphy

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

XT5 Much More Than Utilitarian Hauler 1
On sale in April, the 5-passenger CUV benefits from softer edges in the sheet metal, an excellent 3.6L V-6, sophisticated all-wheel drive and aggressive mass reduction. Inside, the XT5 is ergonomically sound and isn’t trying too hard to be flashy.
'17 Cadillac XT5
With a Wards 10 Best Engines winner under the hood, excellent driving dynamics and a warm, inviting interior, the all-new Cadillac XT5 should pick up where the SRX left off -- as the brand's most popular vehicle.
Louwman Museum in Netherlands
Car enthusiasts visiting the Netherlands should set aside a day for the Louwman Museum in The Hague. This stunning collection of rarities stretches from 1886 to the 1970s and includes more than 250 vehicles. Some of the vehicles belonged to Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, Sir Winston Churchill and even James Bond.
New Names Part of Luxury Game, Cadillac Boss Says 5
Johan de Nysschen is upbeat about rising transaction prices for Cadillac, and he defends the new alphanumeric nomenclature. To a 30-year-old luxury brand intender in China, the names Eldorado and Coupe de Ville mean “absolutely zero,” he says.
GM Plans Vacuum-Free Braking in Next-Gen Trucks, Sources Say 9
ZF TRW’s Integrated Brake Control is a 1-piece module that eliminates the master cylinder, vacuum pump and associated hoses while incorporating electronic stability control, traction control and an electric motor to push hydraulic fluid to brakes at all four corners.
ZF TRW Winter Driving in Sweden
ZF TRW staged a winter driving event at its test track in Arvidsjaur, Sweden, and highlighted several technologies, including next-generation electronic stability control, rear-wheel steering, radar and video fusion, belt-driven electric power steering, illuminated seatbelt buckles and vacuum-free braking, known as Integrated Brake Control.
Brose’s New Ideas for Old Technologies 4
From smartphone-controlled folding seats to auto-closing doors and a cargo canopy, Brose’s engineers are testing the market with some far-out ideas. “We want to see if we are going in the right direction,” Mike Brosseau says.
Brose’s Glimpse Into Tomorrow
With expertise in mechatronics, Brose manufactures window regulators, door latches and seat frames, as well as motors for climate-control blowers, cooling fans and drivetrain actuators. Today, Brose is reinventing these components to improve comfort, convenience and safety.
LC 500 Puts New Face on Lexus Europe
Lexus sold 64,000 vehicles in Europe last year, and 95% of them were hybrids. The sleek and sporty hybrid LC 500h coupe joins the lineup next year.
Lexus Debuts Sporty LC 500h Hybrid
Toyota’s luxury division says the LC 500h drivetrain relies on a 3.5L gasoline V-6, a powerful electric motor and a 44.6-kW lithium-ion battery pack paired with a 4-speed automatic gearbox mounted at the rear of the hybrid transmission.
Be Safe: Unpair Your Phone, Experts Say
Cyber security became a top priority for the auto industry last summer when two researchers wirelessly hacked into a Jeep Cherokee and took control of steering, the transmission and brakes. The stunt was for demonstration purposes.
Cadillac Growing Up With CT6 Flagship 4
Three stellar engines, nimble handling, a patent-worthy lightweight structure and loads of innovative features distinguish Cadillac’s all-new flagship sedan.
'16 Cadillac CT6
In many ways, the remarkable aspects of the CT6 are hidden behind the sheet metal, such as the 13 complex lightweight aluminum castings that make the CT6 so nimble; the patent-worthy joining of aluminum and steel structural components; and the Magnetic Ride Control that counteracts road imperfections and body roll and keeps the sedan absolutely buttoned down on winding, mountain roads.
VW Saga Will Hurt Diesel Market, BMW Exec Says
“I personally think there will be effects, that people and politicians don’t trust diesels, and this is the effect the whole industry has from this affair,” BMW’s Wolfgang Stütz tells WardsAuto.
2016 NAIAS Shots From the Floor
Scenes from press days at this year's North American International Auto Show.


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