Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

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

Cyber Fight Requires Industry, Government Unity 2
Some 500 people attended an automotive cybersecurity summit in Detroit to hear how government and the auto industry are responding to the threat of vehicle hackers.
2016 Rolling Sculpture Car Show
Downtown Ann Arbor, MI, this past weekend hosted the 22nd annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show, a tribute to classic sheet metal. More than 300 exotic, antique, classic and one-of-a-kind cars from around the world lined city streets for the free event.
Intelligent, Yes, To a Point
Mercedes bills the new E-Class as the most intelligent car in the world, a significant achievement as autonomous cars arrive. In truth, it stands as a brilliantly executed sedan best experienced from behind the steering wheel.
Mercedes Bringing Stratified-Charge V-6 to U.S.
With the new stratified-charge application, the turbocharged 3.0L V-6 will continue to employ direct fuel injection, but the injectors have been redesigned to spray under higher pressure later in the intake stroke, just before compression.
Dürr Opens Michigan Paint Tech Center
The German supplier strategically positions its technical and testing facility near Detroit to train automaker customers to get the most out of their investments.
Dürr Campus in Southfield, MI
The German supplier expects customers will come to the new facility near Detroit to prove out paint processes, experiment with more efficient methods and test new materials, equipment and software.
Mazda Hoping for ‘CX-Mine’ Response to CUV
The automaker bills this family hauler as its quietest vehicle ever and the most exciting 3-row CUV on the market. The new CX-9 sort of seats seven, has a stellar powertrain and handles great, uncharacteristically hugging the road.
Bosch Set for Growth in Steering Business
With its established expertise in electronics, chassis control and electrical drives, the addition of a wholly owned steering division is an excellent fit, a Bosch executive says.
Bosch Puts Autonomous Tech in Park
The supplier uses a Mercedes B-Class to demonstrate its Home Zone Park Assist, which uses ultrasonic sensors and a stereo video camera for day-to-day parking in familiar spots, such as a carport or garage.
Bosch Advanced Technology Roadshow
Bosch opened its Flat Rock, MI, proving grounds to journalists for demos of autonomous-vehicle and other advanced technologies.
Misfits and Missteps – 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors Nominees
We call out vehicles with problematic fit-and-finish, materials, ergonomics or unfortunate design choices. Each of these items resulted in points deducted as WardsAuto editors selected the 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors.
Novelis Starts Third Line for Aluminum Ford Pickups 2
The aluminum supplier already has two finishing lines for sheet aluminum for Ford F-Series pickups, and now a third comes online in Oswego, NY. The lines are running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and most of the output has been for Ford.
Novelis Aluminum Plant in Oswego, NY

Depending on inventory of recycled and raw materials, it can take between a week and a month to produce a finished roll of automotive-grade aluminum in Oswego. (See related article: 

Malibu HEV Belts Out Efficiency Tune
Chevy’s new hybrid borrows Volt technology and is capable of truly impressive real-world fuel economy. Too bad most buyers would rather get a pickup or utility vehicle.
’16 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
The Chevy Malibu Hybrid pairs a compact 1.8L I-4 with a 2-motor electric drive unit nearly identical to what spins the axles of the new Volt, a 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines winner.


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