Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

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

Be Safe: Unpair Your Phone, Experts Say
Cyber security became a top priority for the auto industry last summer when two researchers wirelessly hacked into a Jeep Cherokee and took control of steering, the transmission and brakes. The stunt was for demonstration purposes.
Cadillac Growing Up With CT6 Flagship 4
Three stellar engines, nimble handling, a patent-worthy lightweight structure and loads of innovative features distinguish Cadillac’s all-new flagship sedan.
'16 Cadillac CT6
In many ways, the remarkable aspects of the CT6 are hidden behind the sheet metal, such as the 13 complex lightweight aluminum castings that make the CT6 so nimble; the patent-worthy joining of aluminum and steel structural components; and the Magnetic Ride Control that counteracts road imperfections and body roll and keeps the sedan absolutely buttoned down on winding, mountain roads.
VW Saga Will Hurt Diesel Market, BMW Exec Says
“I personally think there will be effects, that people and politicians don’t trust diesels, and this is the effect the whole industry has from this affair,” BMW’s Wolfgang Stütz tells WardsAuto.
2016 NAIAS Shots From the Floor
Scenes from press days at this year's North American International Auto Show.
BMW Sees M2 as New ‘Benchmark’
Standard with a manual transmission, the 365-hp M2 coupe will be available with an optional 7-speed M Double Clutch automatic. Also unveiled in Detroit is the X4 M40i utility vehicle, using the same N55 3.0L turbocharged inline-6.
ZF Moving Regional HQ to Livonia, MI
As TRW, with its electronics, chassis, safety and steering systems, comes together with driveline specialist ZF, engineers from both sides are collaborating on ideas for more than 400 products that might be possible from the new organization.
Shots From the Floor: CES 2016 Las Vegas
Some 170,000 consumers of electronics have converged on Las Vegas this week for CES 2016. Automakers and suppliers once again have a strong presence at the event.
2016 Wards 10 Best Engines Quick Hits
A concise pro-and-con summation of all 31 powertrains evaluated in the 2016 competition. Many of these comments come directly from editor score sheets.
Toyota: Autonomous Cars Need Trillion-Mile Reliability 2
As the Toyota Research Institute steps up its work in autonomous vehicles, the automaker realizes people can tolerate human error but are less forgiving of machines. Cars must become incapable of causing accidents.
2016 Winner: Subaru 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC H-4 1
With the arrival of high-efficiency hybrids, there’s something comforting and nostalgic in an engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission that needs a giant hood scoop to pull in enough air to let the intercooler do its job. That’s kickin’ it old-school.
2016 Winner: FCA 3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6
Two diesels, the Nissan/Cummins 5.0L V-8 and General Motors’ 2.8L Duramax 4-cyl., were in the running for Wards 10 Best Engines but could not keep up with the Ram 1500’s 3.0L EcoDiesel V-6, which completes a three-peat of fairy-tale proportions.
Ford Tying SYNC With Amazon Echo
By 2020, Ford CEO Mark Fields says the number of Internet-connected devices could reach up to 50 billion, and he wants to make sure vehicles are among them.
2016 Winner: Nissan 3.5L DOHC V-6
For more than 20 years, the Nissan VQ’s calling card has been its unmistakably creamy midrange. But the new version displays a lot more composure when pushed hard, even to the brink of the 6,600-rpm redline.
2016 Winner: Hyundai 2.0L I-4/50-kW Drive Motor
The Sonata PHEV is a sizable and stylish car that looks a lot more expensive than its $34,600 base price. To experience this world-class drivetrain brings quick realization that it’s a bargain.

Feb 12, 2016

Subaru 2.0L Turbo-4 Boxer -- 2016 Award Acceptance

Subaru accepts its award at the 2016 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony, held Jan. 13 in Detroit....More


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