Tom Murphy

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

Chevy Offers Natural Gas Alternative
The Chevy Impala’s bi-fuel 3.6L V-6 runs both on gasoline and compressed natural gas. Cost is a hurdle, however. A non-CNG V-6 Impala LT bases at $30,895. The bi-fuel version of that same car will cost an extra $9,500.
GM Powertrain Shows Love for 6-Pack
Three V-6s displacing 3.6L are in the hunt for 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines: the “High Feature” LGX in Cadillac ATS, the twin-turbo LF4 in ATS-V and the bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala, which runs on compressed natural gas.
10 Best Engines Field as Broad as Ever 1
From the pavement-shaking might of V-8s in the Ford Shelby GT350 and Nissan Titan XD to all-new versions of the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt, the 2016 pool of 31 nominees for Wards 10 Best Engines reflects OEMs’ divergent powertrain strategies.
2016 Wards 10 Best Engines Nominees
Eight editors are evaluating 31 vehicles with new or improved powertrains as part of the 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines competition. Winners will be announced Dec. 10 at the WardsAuto Outlook Conference in Birmingham, MI. This is the 22nd year for the competition.
Lincoln Looks to MKX, Continental for Growth
The new MKX CUV is arriving in showrooms as dealers sell down the old model. Next year, Ford’s luxury brand will bring back the Continental nameplate based on a sedan concept that was well-received at auto shows in New York and Shanghai.
Refueling Challenges Overshadow FCV’s Capability
With such extreme hurdles in the way of refueling, the WardsAuto editors will have much to contemplate as we decide whether the Tucson FCV is worthy of a repeat.
German Luxury and Muscle Can Co-Exist
With a 4.0L bi-turbo V-8 packing 503 hp, the Mercedes AMG GT S is a 2-seat coupe on a mission to impress with sharp looks, an intoxicating exhaust note and a back end that breaks free with some regularity.
’16 Mercedes AMG GT S
The Mercedes AMG GT S looks, feels and sounds like Germany’s best efforts to launch an American-style muscle car, right down to the high-rpm howl, the gentle shake and burble at idle and the delicious gasp of backpressure during downshifts as a corner approaches.
Come Play, Ponder, Create at Platform 12
Time is of the essence on the top floor of the main building at Bosch’s new research center in Renningen, Germany, where the freedom to contemplate in an unconventional space is purposely designed to yield the next great invention.
Creating Fun at Bosch’s Platform 12
Platform 12 at Bosch's new research campus in Germany is a large, open room surrounded entirely by glass on three walls, and the space is peppered with work stations. As ideas flourish here, the goal is to bring advanced innovations to production.
Bosch Wants ‘Millions of Ideas’
The company wants its new 14-building research campus in Germany to function like a university, specifically Stanford. Each building is designed to foster interaction and exchange of ideas between students and engineers.
Lexus Drops Another F-Bomb
Lexus’ GS F sedan corners great with its torque-vectoring differential, sounds great with its active sound control exhaust system, goes hard with its 467-hp V-8 and looks awfully spiffy, prepped for battle with German rivals.
Nissan VQ Among Crowded V-6 Field
Nissan’s 3.5L “VQ” will be among several new or improved naturally aspirated V-6s in this fall’s Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition. In this Under the Hood installment, we look at the VQ after its most significant redesign since its launch in 1995.
New Technologies Flourish in ’16 1
The arrival of a new model year represents the promise and possibility that comes with freshly stamped sheet metal, form-fitting seats, aesthetics that speak directly to one’s desires and, simply, stuff that works better.
Marysville Gets New Coat of Paint 
Honda’s new paint line, ready in 2017, will use waterborne primer (replacing a solvent-based coating) and requires no sanding or baking of the primer coat. The new “Line 1” incorporates two baking processes in between coats, instead of three previously.

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