Tom Murphy

Senior Editor,

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

Lexus Targets German Rivals With 4-Cyl. GS
Both Audi and BMW have reached 4-cyl. penetration rates as high as 40% in their A6 and 5-Series sedans, so Lexus hopes to gain ground in the segment by offering a 241-hp 2.0L turbo-4 in the midsize sedan in ’16.
2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosted the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this past weekend, paying homage to a century of auto racing.
2015 Concorso Italiano
Monterey Car Week was crawling with car events, including Concorso Italiano, held Saturday on the fairways of Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, CA, to celebrate the contributions of Italian automakers.
Pebble Beach Close Up
A closer look at some of the vehicles on display this past weekend in Carmel, CA, at the 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Carmel, CA, hosted the 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this past weekend, showcasing 200 exceptional vehicles dating from 1902 to 1966.
Lexus Refreshes LX SUV, GS Sedan
The brand is hoping LX sales can reach 5,000 units in its first full year in the U.S. and that the new model can gain ground on the Cadillac Escalade and other large luxury SUVs.
Ford Ushers Assembly Into Virtual World
A new digital lab in Dearborn ramps up Ford’s ability to use virtual reality in solving problematic vehicle-assembly operations. Ergonomic issues are down 90%, and the number of days missed by injured employees has dropped 75%.
2015 Woodward Dream Cruise
The 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise in Metro Detroit doesn't happen officially until this Saturday, but crowds have been gathering for several days in Royal Oak to see classic sheet metal. With mild weather, Tuesday night was perfect for car enthusiasts to see and be seen.
With TRW, ZF Shows Off ‘Wide Portfolio’
Engineers and designers from ZF and the former TRW have been sharing notes, exchanging ideas and identifying best practices, and some of the resulting technologies will be ready for market in the near future.
ZF, TRW Product Demos in Germany
How many automotive suppliers can design, manufacture and deliver a complete axle, 9-speed transmission, steering rack, suspension, brake calipers, electronic controllers, seatbelts and every airbag necessary to protect vehicle occupants? Only one: Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen, after its acquisition of TRW.
Mcity Sets Stage for Self-Driving at Willow Run?
Ann Arbor’s Mcity test track includes four traffic lights, an underpass, metal bridge deck, gravel roadways and parking spaces that are angled, perpendicular and parallel. Efforts are under way to open a similar but larger facility nearby in Ypsilanti.
Mcity Autonomous Vehicle Test Track
Located on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Mcity is a $10 million 32-acre (13-ha) test track with roundabouts, bike lanes, a tree canopy and 4-way intersections to simulate small-town traffic situations.
Electric Axle Business Spinning Up for GKN
As automakers maximize the potential of vehicle platforms, a GKN executive says the electric rear axle is a simple way to convert a front-drive architecture to a fuel-saving hybrid that also enables AWD when necessary.
VQ Engine Family Branches Out
Nissan’s VQ V-6, lauded since it came to the U.S. in 1994, has been heavily revised for the all-new Maxima sedan arriving now in showrooms. The automaker calls the VQ all-new as well, but many of the key specs carry over.
M1 Concourse Groundbreaking in Pontiac, MI
Is there a more appropriate way to revitalize an abandoned, weed-infested slab of concrete than by cleaning it all up and building a 1.5-mile (2.4-km) performance track to host a high-speed parade of Corvettes, Ferraris, Hellcats, Porsches and exotics of various vintage?
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