Tom Murphy

Tom
Murphy
Senior Editor,
WardsAuto

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

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IAV Sees Huge Potential With 3D-Printed Pistons
With 3D printing, a piston can be created one layer at a time, and a super-strong honeycomb lattice can replace the solid material, reducing mass about 25%. The supplier says it will have a 3D-printed piston running in a prototype diesel engine soon.
2018 Wards 10 Best Interiors Nominees
WardsAuto editors have spent two months evaluating 40 nominees as part of the 2018 Wards 10 Best Interiors competition. All new and significantly refreshed vehicle interiors are eligible, and there is no price cap. Winners will be announced later this month.
With New HD, Chevy Rallies Around 4-Truck Lineup
Production of the all-new heavy-duty ’20 Silverado begins in fall 2019, after light-duty and medium-duty trucks launch this year.
With Car Sales Down, Chevy Revitalizing Lineup
The ’19 model year will bring a “restyled face of Chevy cars,” with signature lighting, sculpted grilles, dual-element taillamps and redesigned front ends for a more premium look for the Spark, Cruze and Malibu, as well as updates for Camaro.
WardsAuto FOCUS: A.I. in Automotive Conference
WardsAuto hosted its FOCUS: A.I. in Automotive Conference today in Birmingham, MI, to dig into the role of artificial intelligence in autonomous vehicles coming in the future. More than 120 people attended the daylong event. Powerpoint presentations will be available at WardsAuto.
Chevrolet at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
General Motors is hosting some 3,000 Chevrolet dealers in Las Vegas this week to learn about new and updated vehicles slated for production, as well as technology available to retailers and consumers. As part of the event, journalists experienced the Chevrolet portfolio, including Corvette and Camaro, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Toyota’s New Global Architecture Extending to Trucks
Other news from Toyota’s NADA media roundtable: Tariffs on aluminum and steel are bad; free trade has been great for American jobs; autonomous-vehicle research must not be deterred; and Lexus is thrilled with its “Black Panther” tie-in.
Trucks Are Cool, But Nothing Wrong With Cars, Toyota Says
While other automakers are pocketing big profits on fullsize pickups and large SUVs, Toyota’s lineup skews toward cars and smaller CUVs with softer margins. Jim Lentz says the brand will retain its car-centric portfolio.
2018 NADA: Shots From the Floor
Some 24,000 people are in Las Vegas this weekend for the 2018 NADA Convention and Exposition, dedicated to automotive retailing.
MAXDigital Out to Stem 74% Turnover Rate Among Dealer Salespeople
The software provider surveyed 400 dealers and found 23% of them identify staff turnover as a major problem.
2018: Best Retail Year in U.S. Auto History?
A J.D. Power analyst points to rising transaction prices as one indication that 2018 could be a great year, despite other industry challenges, such as rising incentives and excess car production.
Acquisitions Promised by New J.D. Power CEO
Dave Habiger sees J.D. Power as a strong brand with great employees, but he also considers the consumer data and analytics company as “an amazing platform to build from. We don’t have time to build it organically.”
BMW Test Fest at Thermal Club
BMW Group stages its first Test Fest this week at the Thermal Club private racetrack southeast of Palm Springs, CA – a chance for journalists to drive the all-new X2 CUV and exhilarating M5 high-performance sedan, both going on sale in March. The event included autocross racing with i3s electric vehicles and John Cooper Works Minis.
Without Alfa, FCA Had Awful January
The Fiat brand fell the most – 45.5% to 1,229 vehicles – and the rest of the portfolio wasn’t much better. Dodge was down 33.9% from year-ago, while Chrysler struggled as well, down 24.0%.
Sales Down, Transaction Prices Up at Ford
Lincoln Navigator and Econoline van sales climbed, but the rest of the portfolio was down, particularly for cars.
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Mar 8, 2018
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