Tom Murphy

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

Variety Distinguishes 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines
WardsAuto editors evaluated 37 all-new or improved powertrains before settling on the winners: two V-8s, a diesel V-6, three 4-cyl. turbos, two 3-cyl. turbos, a battery-electric vehicle and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell.
2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines Winners
The 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines were chosen from a field of 37 nominees, including the 10 returning winners and 27 all-new or re-engineered powertrains and propulsion systems available in the U.S. for under $60,000. The winners consist of two V-8s, a diesel V-6, three 4-cyl. turbos, two 2-cyl. turbos, an electric vehicle and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell.
Lincoln Intent on Growth in China
Even though Lincoln is just getting started there, the brand has something many premium makers lack: a rich history of celebrities and American presidents as customers. Still, the brand president says sales in China will not rival Audi anytime soon.
Ward's 10 Best Engines Briefings With OEMs
WardsAuto editors met recently with four automakers to discuss their entries in the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines competition. The meetings with Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Hyundai are helpful as the editors gather information about new technologies and discuss driving impressions with automaker engineers.
4-Wheel Steering Market on Rebound
Germany’s ZF provides rear-steering as standard equipment on four Porsche models, and four other customers will use the supplier’s technology within the next two years.
EVs in Contention for 10 Best Engines
Seven electrified powertrains are in the running for the 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition. In this Under the Hood installment, we look at the Fiat 500e, Kia Soul, VW e-Golf and BMW i3 EVs, as well as the extended-range i3.
EV Nominees for Ward’s 10 Best Engines
WardsAuto editors are evaluating the Fiat 500e, Kia Soul EV and Volkswagen e-Golf, as well as all-electric and extended-range versions of the BMW i3 for 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines.
VW and Audi’s 3-Way Power Grab
VW has three 4-cyl. gas turbos in this year’s Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition, powering the VW Golf and GTI and Audi S3. To stand out in this crowd, an engine will need great fuel economy, lively step-off and a smooth demeanor in casual driving.
VW, Audi Small Turbos for Ward’s 10 Best Engines
The ’14 Jetta we tested last year stickered for $23,985, compared with $21,815 for the fun and functional ’15 Golf TSI hatchback we are evaluating this fall. Stepping up the displacement ladder in the EA888 engine family brings us to the 2.0L turbo, which makes 220 hp in the new VW GTI and 292 hp in the ’15 Audi S3.
Honda V-6 Part of Dying Breed
So why isn’t the industry giving us fantastic new naturally aspirated 6-cyl. engines? Blame CAFE. Engineering budgets can stretch only so far, and automakers have discovered a turbocharged 4-cyl. can deliver the same, if not better, performance.
’15 Honda Accord Touring 3.5L V-6
Honda Accord's 278-hp 3.5L SOHC V-6, with impressive real-world fuel economy, looks for a third-straight Ward's 10 Best Engines honor.
Lincoln Black Label Welcomes Indulgence
Ford’s luxury brand is reaching out to potential customers who “want to be part of something a little bit bigger,” with membership privileges that include fine dining and weekend getaways.
Subaru’s Boxer Turbo Fine Fit for WRX
For the 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition, we have seven new or improved gasoline 2.0L turbo-4s among the 38 nominees to evaluate, and a number of them, including the WRX boxer, are drawing solid reviews from the judges.
Ward's 10 Best Engines Facing Diversity Training
Eight WardsAuto editors drive the vehicles in October and November during their routine daily commutes in metro Detroit, the same way most Americans experience their vehicles – going to the grocery store, visiting relatives on weekends, taking kids to school and occasionally wearing down the treads with a thick smoky burnout in a vacant parking lot.
2015 Ward’s 10 Best Engines Nominees
The pool of Ward’s 10 Best Engines nominees consists of the 2014 winners plus every new or significantly improved powertrain that is priced below $60,000 and is available in U.S. showrooms during the first quarter of 2015. Eight WardsAuto editors based in Southfield, MI, drive the vehicles in October and November.
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