Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

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

Spectacular Wraith Holds Up in ‘Value’ Category
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors features the Rolls-Royce Wraith, a car for discriminating buyers and Powerball jackpot winners. There’s no price cap for our competition, and it costs nothing to dream.
Taiwan Inside: Supply Chain Preps for EVs
For years, Taiwan has been a reliable source of auto parts. Now, the region, and three companies in particular, are gearing up production of motors, batteries, controls, chargers, connectors and other necessary components.
Mazda3 Follows in Mazda6 Footsteps
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors highlights the new Mazda3, which uses new technology, great value and snappy good looks to win the brand a second consecutive interiors trophy.
Jeep Cherokee Celebrates Great Indoors
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors features the Jeep Cherokee Limited, a well-equipped CUV with an interior that is upscale, boldly styled, comfortable and, yes, rugged.
Polar Vortex No Match for Sierra Denali
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors highlights the GMC Sierra Denali, a truck that survived the Polar Vortex and promises to make job sites a lot less like work.
Line Blurred Between Luxury, Mainstream Interiors
Even “entry-level” cars earning Ward’s 10 Best Interiors honors this year are delivering premium content. Each day for the next two weeks, WardsAuto will profile a winning interior.
Taiwan Keeps Plugging In EV Market
Without homegrown automakers that compete on a world stage, how can a nation barely larger than Rhode Island become a world leader in a sector that is struggling to gain a foothold in other mature vehicle markets, such as the U.S.?
From Kia to Rolls-Royce, Interiors Honored 2
Culled from a pool of 41 new or redesigned vehicles, the 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors represent a broad swath of cars and utility vehicles available in the U.S.
Luxury Entries Overwhelming Ward’s 10 Best Interiors Field
More than half of the 41 vehicles being evaluated in this year’s competition are from premium brands or those aspiring to be. Winners will be announced next week.
BMW Expanding Spartanburg for X7 Production 
BMW is expanding annual capacity in South Carolina 50% to 450,000 vehicles to produce the all-new X7 3-row utility vehicle. Plus, the plant has begun building the new X4, which will go on sale this summer.
SAE Sticks With ‘Back to Basics’ Congress 
SAE International expects 1,500 technical papers to be presented at the World Congress April 8-10 and 170 companies to exhibit. Attendance once again should be about 10,000.
Volvo Drive-E Strategy Drives Forward
The Swedish automaker wanted to develop its own engines but had to wait until the 2010 sale to Geely was complete. Today, the Drive-E launch of two new gasoline engines for the U.S. is under way.
Audi RS 7 4.0L Turbo V-8 Busts Out of Corral
This bucking bronco requires a steady hand on the reins, because he will run hard – well past the stated 174 mph top speed, according to some independent tests. From a standstill, the RS 7 can giddyup to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, or less.
Mazda Hazumi Concept to Bow in Geneva
The Hazumi hints at the next-generation Mazda2. The current-generation subcompact has been a bit player in WardsAuto’s Lower Small car segment.
i3: A BMW Like No Other
The i3 electric vehicle feels like a BMW, but the appearance – inside and out – will take some getting used to. BMW is banking that its customers agree that form follows function.
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