New Vehicle Reviews

This section will review cars, trucks, products and books related to the auto industry.
Honda CR-V interior, exterior, plugged in

Honda Debuts CR-V Plug-In Hybrid, For European Market

Honda unveiled its brand new CR-V plug-in hybrid (PHEV) SUV last week at a media event held at their European R&D Center in Germany. Given that Honda currently lacks any plug-in vehicle selection in the US market, this news may raise the hopes of those who are anxious for Honda to bring plug-in vehicles back to the US. Let’s take a look at early specs.
Tesla Supercharger, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Terabase Energy’s Autonomous Robots: The Future of Tesla Solar Production, Twice As Fast As Humans

US company Terabase Energy uses this automated system to install solar panels in large electricity production parks. This is something similar to what Tesla is doing at the Gigafactories in terms of automation and use of robots, and could very possibly benefit Tesla Solar panel and shingles production.
Tesla Cybertruck, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Elon Musk's Hiring of New CEO for SpaceX and Twitter: Potential Implications for Tesla's Upcoming Vehicles

Elon Musk announced on Twitter today that he has hired a new CEO for SpaceX and Twitter. The new CEO, who Musk has not yet named, will start in about six weeks. Musk will transition to being executive chair and chief technology officer (CTO) of Tesla, overseeing product, software, and systems operations.
Tesla Model 3, Courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Mercedes-Benz's Formula 1 Team Aims To Beat Tesla In Electric Car Market

As of today, Tesla is undoubtedly the undisputed leader in the electric car market. Despite the rise of rivals such as BYD, the firm led by Elon Musk continues to be the largest manufacturer of BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) worldwide, thanks mainly to the success that the Model Y is achieving in the main international markets (China, the US and Europe).
Tesla Model S, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla's Price Drop Pushing The Used Electric Car Market

Within the last three months, Tesla has already cut the prices of its models twice; an aggressive policy that has shaken the entire EV market and that also has repercussions on the second-hand market. Curiously, this is a strategy that is favoring them a lot, managing to be at the top of the sales of used electric cars.
2023 Nissan Z Performance

2023 Nissan Z Performance A/T Review: Most Say It's a Bargain Compared To Key Rivals

Pure sports cars, like the 2023 Nissan Z, are becoming increasingly rare on the market. We can blame the constantly rising insurance premiums, the purchase price too, but also the buying habits of a new generation of customers. And yet, the new generation of the Z is not that expensive. This week I am reviewing the 2023 Nissan Z Performance A/T for Torque News readers.
Joe Rogan Cybertruck

Joe Rogan Calls Bill Gates’ Tesla Short Position “Terrible Choice” After Test Driving Cybertruck in Giga Texas

Over the weekend, Joe Rogan revealed that he test-drove a pre-production Cybertrruck at Giga Texas. Rogan was effusive in his praise of the truck stating that he was impressed by the Cybertruck's design, size, and performance. Rogan also predicted the success of the Cybertruck and said Bill Gates was making "a horrible choice" shorting Tesla stock.
Tesla Model X, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Exploring The Benefits Of Space X Technologies For Tesla Electric Vehicles

Space X and Tesla, both founded by Elon Musk, have been pushing the boundaries of their respective industries. The collaboration between these two companies has resulted in numerous technological innovations that have direct impacts on each other. Here are some basic examples of how Space X rocket technologies directly benefit Tesla electric vehicles.
Tesla Batteries, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Unlocking Eco-Friendly Travel With CATL's 500 Wh/kg Battery; Tesla´s Most Important Supplier

CATL (Tesla´s most important battery supplier) is working on the development of condensed batteries that make it possible to achieve high levels of energy and volumetric density, very important aspects for applications such as electric cars, but key also for other applications such as aviation. This is a technology they indicated will begin production right at the end of this year, 2023.
Tesla Supercharger, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Could Solar-Powered Highways Be The Next Big Milestone For Tesla Energy?

The solar photovoltaic potential of the various man-made infrastructures around the world is enormous, but still vastly underutilized. In Germany, a project intends to use motorways as electricity generating elements; this would prove to be very good benchmarking for Tesla Energy, not to mention a potential expansion of the Berlin Gigafactory.
Refreshed Tesla Model 3

Leaked Picture of Clad Refreshed Tesla Model 3 Reveals Similar Front Fascia & Headlights to 2nd-Gen Roadster

For months now there have been speculations that Tesla is working on a refresh to the Model 3 and has codenamed the project "Highland." And today, thanks to leaked pictures, we see our first image of the refreshed Model 3 with a more angular and larger front facia and headlight that resembles that of the 2nd generation Tesla Roadster.
2023 Nissan ARIYA Platinum+ e-4ORCE Review: How Nissan Swiftly Upgraded Ariya

2023 Nissan ARIYA Platinum+ e-4ORCE Review: How Nissan Swiftly Upgraded Ariya

Nissan has introduced a new all-wheel drive version of its Ariya electric SUV, called the e-4orce. This latest version utilizes two motors instead of one (originally debuted as a front-wheel drive model last fall) to enable all-wheel drive capabilities. This week Torque News is reviewing this new e-4orce model and exploring its features and performance.
Tesla Model S, courtesy of Tesla Inc.

Tesla Knocks Out Mercedes-Benz And Toyota To Become The Most Valuable Car Brand

Tesla hits big once again: it is already the world's most valuable car brand; that is, among all other car manufacturers worldwide (including all Internal Combustion Engine - gasoline and diesel - and Hybrid models of all brands), after surpassing Mercedes-Benz and Toyota. How is this possible?