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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.

BMW X3 is all new for 2011

In 2004 BMW introduced a small, premium Sports Activity Vehicle with all-road capability and typical BMW driving dynamics. That first generation BMW X3 was a big hit and became a best seller in the BMW lineup with 150,000 sold in the USA. The 2011, second generation BMW X3 builds on the success of the original by combining new technologies that improve agility, efficiency and comfort.

Ford alters production at Windsor plant due to tire shortages

Ford has announced production schedule changes at their Windsor engine facility but unlike most other recent production stoppages, this one doesn’t have anything to do with the Japanese earthquake on March 11th and instead – the Canadian engine plant downtime is due to Ford’s inability to get enough tires to build vehicles with the engines built in Windsor.

Chevy Malibu to be built in Korea and sold as a Chevrolet

It may seem odd, but the first 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will be built in Bupyeong, Korea. It's leading an international roll-out of the mid-size sedan that will see it built in GM's Korean facility beginning this fall, followed by Jingjiao, China, in late 2011, and Fairfax, Kansas, and Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan, early next year.

Automotive propane fueling makes headway in Oregon

Blue Star Gas, with the support of the Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition, announced the grand opening of a public propane autogas station in Salem OR, at 12:30 p.m. last Friday. The new autogas fueling station opened only a few months after the February premiere of the first Blue Star Gas public fueling facility in Medford OR.

VW electronic research lab moved to Silicon Valley

Top Volkswagen and Audi executives, Silicon Valley tech innovators, political leaders and educators converged today to celebrate the opening of the VW's new electronic research laboratory (ERL) location in Belmont. The future abilities of cars to process information and provide guidance on spending less time in traffic, saving fuel and even driving safer were demonstrated.

Big Brother watching, tracking your license plate

Most of us are familiar with the intersection-mounted cameras used to ticket those who dangerously careen through red lights or simply monitor traffic flow for computerized systems. In Charleston, local police are using intersection-mounted cameras to create a database of vehicles and license plates and fielding cruisers with scanners that read every plate passing by.

The future of hydrogen-fueled vehicles not burning so bright

Just a few years ago auto manufacturers, scientists, engineers and even energy authorities were all talking about the promise of hydrogen and fuel cell propelled vehicles. It was an idyllic idea to keep combustion engines and simply burn something in them that would only emit pure clean, potable water right out of the tailpipe. However the application of what seemed a promising technology may have hit a snag.

Spyker may join forces with Chinese to save Saab, GM approves Russian investor

Saab has seen its Trollhattan, Sweden production facility shuttered for most of April due to inability to pay suppliers for the components needed to produce vehicles and with the parent company Spyker desperate for funding, the company is looking to Russian investor Vladimir Antonov along with a variety of Chinese automakers to save the Saab brand.
Ecoboost for Ford F-150

EcoBoost technology proves popular in the Ford F150

When Ford announced that they would be offering EcoBoost technology in the 2011 F150 pickups there was heavy speculation as to whether or not a twin turbocharged V6 would be well received by the truck-buying crowd but with gradual improvements through the first few months of 2011 – the EcoBoost F150 is a hit.

Corvette Z06 and ZR1 get performance upgrades for 2012, 'Vette fans get first look this weekend

Chevrolet announced today upgrades for the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette, including enhancements to the high-performance Z06 and ZR1 models and interior trim across the entire Corvette line. A special event this weekend at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., will give Corvette fans their first look at the coming model year's Corvettes.

Mercedes, Toyota Plants in Alabama Shut Down by Violent Southern Storms

Mother Nature continues to shut down production at Toyota, but this time the affected plant is in Alabama and the problem is a series of violent storms and not the Tsunami and earthquake that struck its home production facilities in Japan. Mercedes was equally hard hit by the horrific storms that have killed more than 268 people as of Thursday afternoon.

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