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This section of Torque News provides the latest auto news and updates from the car manufacturers. Every day number of news stories and editorials are published here that give our readers an overview of what is happening in the automotive industry. Read this section daily to find out about new cars, vehicle reviews and car pictures. Torque News is an automotive news website by Hareyan Publishing, LLC, dedicated to covering the latest news, reviews and opinions about the car industry.
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NADA opposition to CAFE requirements drawing ire of public, scientific, environmental organizations

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) efforts to delay the new fuel efficiency and auto pollution standards have prompted the leaders of eight top U.S. environmental, science and public interest organizations to drop its opposition. According to the directors of these organization, the standards will save billions of dollars, curb pollution and create new jobs while cutting America's oil dependence.
The Ford Fiesta ST Concept

A preview of the Ford Fiesta models headed to the 2011 SEMA Show

Yesterday we brought you a look at the lineup of customized 2012 Ford Focus models coming to the Ford display for the 2011 SEMA Show and today, we get a preview of the smaller Ford Fiesta hatchbacks headed to the huge Vegas convention – including the first good look at the new Fiesta ST Concept at a major US-based event.
GM Heritage Center photo by Frank Sherosky

Detroit auto industry still suffering from lack of CAD designer skill portability

Imagine if you had five more computer operating systems than just Windows, and in order to get a new job, you had to be fluent in all of them, not to mention proficient. Then you get the scope of the problem still plaguing many within Detroit's unemployed engineering and design community, while the auto industry cries that it cannot find skilled designers.

Baltimore Grand Prix falls short of expected revenue goal

The Inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix that took place in Baltimore's Inner Harbor over Labor Day weekend, fell short of expected revenue. The three day long racing event, projected by organizers and promoters of the race, was supposed to bring in $70 million dollars. An economic survey that came out this week showed that spectators and attendees spent around $25 million.
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Major Chrysler UAW locals vote "no" on the new contract

Now that the new contracts between the UAW and Ford/General Motors, the United Auto Workers union can turn their attention to the pending deal with the Chrysler Group but as the results of the first wave of voting has hit the internet – there are mixed results as several major locals have voted “no” while some other groups have given the thumbs up to the new deal.
The COBB Tuning Ford Focus

The new Ford Focus to have a heavy presence at SEMA 2011

The Ford Focus ST will arrive next year to show off the sportier side of the new C-segment hatch and sedan but when the 2011 SEMA Show opens in Las Vegas, show-goers will get a look at the spicy side of the current standard production Ford Focus with help from the likes of Roush Performance, 3d Carbon, Steeda, and Cobb Tuning.
The Saab 9-4x

Saab receives a multi-million lifeline from the United States

Last week, we brought you the news that Saab and parent Company Swedish Automobiles NV (Swan) had received the first installment of a massive bridge loan with help from soon-to-be Chinese partner Youngman Lotus and today, there is more good news as Saab has entered into an agreement with American firm North Street Capital – a deal that will bring the company some $70 million.
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Chip Foose and WD40 to unveil new charity car at SEMA 2011

The folks at WD40 have worked with the SEMA Cares group each of the last two years to build show cars-turned-Barrett Jackson Auto Auction vehicles, raising over $275,000 for children’s charities and this year, WD40 has worked once again with the companies of SEMA Cares along with automotive design legend Chip Foose to create an ultimate sports car.
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Hybrid owners among the first to buy recently launched electric cars

Not surprisingly, hybrid owners were among the first to trade in their Prius hybrid for a Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf during 2011. Those who years ago made a commitment to the greening of the planet and their pocketbooks logically would be among the first to take the next step to a plug-in vehicle promising even greater savings on both fronts.
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Tesla loses libel claim against Top Gear

Tesla, the electric car company, lost a libel claim against Top Gear, the immensely popular BBC automotive TV show, in a court ruling today. Tesla is still continuing it's court battle against Top Gear and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), regarding an episode where it showed the company's Roadster running out of battery charge on its test track.
The Ford blue oval from the 2011 Fusion Sport

UAW workers approve new Ford labor contract - new details revealed

While the days immediately following the announcement of the proposed 4-year deal between Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union were tense with some major Ford factories voting against the deal, today the UAW announced that the workers have voted to approve the new contract by a margin of roughly 2 to 1.
The Fisker Karma sedan

The 2012 Fisker Karma luxury sport sedan fuel economy ratings

The 2012 Fisker Karma is like no other car in the world, combining the efficiency of an electric vehicle with the high performance output of a modern sports car wrapped in a high end luxury package and today, the official fuel economy ratings from the EPA are official with the Karma sedan receiving a rating of 52 MPGe along with offering 32 miles of electric only range.
Volvo giving away S60 R-Design in Twilight Saga Facebook contest

Volvo's Twilight Saga Facebook Contest Giving Away Rio Trip, S60 R-Design Sedan

What do Volvos, vampires and Brazil all have in common? It's a Facebook contest revolving around the upcoming premier of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" that features prizes like a trip to Brazil, a new Volvo S60 R-Design and tickets to the premier.

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