Latest Automotive News

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.

iPods, laptops attract burglars to your car or truck

WAFB TV9 in Baton Rouge just posted a story concerning a former car burglar revealing just how easily and quickly you can be relieved of your prized possessions – iPods, laptops, purses or cameras – left in plain view inside your car. It takes less than a minute for a thief to smash a window, reach inside and grab an easily pawned item.

Preparing for a flood of electric vehicles, ANSI seeks input

Many people are looking at the constantly rising price of gas and thinking perhaps they could live with an electric car after all. Chevrolet reports nine out of 10 of their recent customers have never even been into a Chevy dealer before and are drawn in to look at or test-drive the new Volt. Others want a fully electric vehicle but are waiting for what’s considered a necessary recharging network.

Ford Racing now offering a Boss 302 crate engine

Ford Racing began offering the new 5.0L V8 engine as a crate motor last year but the aftermarket performance division of Ford Motor Company has announced that they are now offering the high performance Boss 302 variant of the 5.0L V8 – packing 444 horsepower made with the help of improved engine components compared to the standard Ford 5.0L V8.

Spyker sells part of Saab to Chinese Hawtai Motors

Saab resumed production at their Trollhattan facility yesterday after an April plagued with downtime due to the inability to pay suppliers and today, Spyker announced that Chinese automaker Hawtai Motor Group had invested 150 million Euros (roughly $222 million USD) – allowing Saab to pay its suppliers and send workers back into the production facilities.

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.

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