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.

Nissan's HR12DDR engine implies longevity for the internal combustion engine

The Nissan Leaf to be introduced for 2011 represents the future, but it is only one part of Nissan's two-pronged vehicle strategy. The other part of the company's plan is “Pure Drive,” aimed at developing vehicles with high-efficiency internal-combustion engines (ICEs), transmissions, and hybrid systems.

Kia Optima Turbo Delivers an Emotional Component to Rational Midsize Segment

But after some time behind the wheel, I have to commend Kia for its strategy (which also includes comparisons to other midsize models). The Kia Optima Turbo seems to be a much better car than the Hyundai Sonata Turbo, which until I drove the Optima Turbo, was my hands-down, favorite midsize sedan currently offered.

GM reveals GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept prior to 2011 NAIAS

In an unusual move, GM has preempted media days by revealing its GMC concept weeks before the start of this year’s North American International Auto Show. Its news release of the GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept says it is an exploration of heavy-duty truck capability combined with greater off-road versatility.

Auto industry turning more to outside research to fulfill technology needs

Today, new automotive technologies present the opportunity for enormous gains; the more disruptive the better. Nonetheless, taking a new tech concept from the lab to the marketplace is a risky and time-consuming proposition. Automakers have thus increased their collaborations with universities, research labs, suppliers and start-ups.

The 2011 Ford Explorer V6 offers 25mpg highway

When Ford Motor Company announced that the new 2011 Ford Explorer would feature a unibody construction over the traditional body-on-frame style of the previous Explorers, they cited that this new lightweight chassis would help the full sized SUV achieve 25% better fuel economy than the previous version and thanks to the EPA, that claim has been verified.

Rick Hendrick pays $225,000 for the first Chevy Volt

Yesterday morning, we brought you the news of the charity auction for the first public-issued 2011 Chevy Volt closing for an impressive $225,000 and today, GM announced that NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick was the man willing to shell out almost a quarter million dollars for the first electric-powered GM production sedan.

DOE announces up to $184M for advance vehicle research and development

Lest you think the government is cutting back on spending, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today the Department of Energy (DOE) is accepting applications for up to $184 million over three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of new efficient vehicle technologies.

Ford supports kinetic design of 2012 Focus with boron steels

All automotive design studios develop themes by which their entire line of autos share, and often do so for many years until a new, fresher theme replaces it. In the language of Ford speak, “kinetic” design intends to capture the feeling of energy in motion, so much that cars look like they are moving even when they are standing still.

GM offering new retirement packages, while hiring new engineers

While offering a new round of early retirement packages to skilled trades, GM is also attempting to hire more engineers to replace the brain drain of the last two years. This latest offer appears to be focused solely on adjusting its North American manufacturing staff since emerging from bankruptcy on July 10 last year.

Mecum Kissimmee Auction Will Feature Cobra Dragonsnake, Drag Cars

It's not too late to tell Santa Claus you've been a really good boy this year - and hope he buys it - with the announcement that a 1963 Shelby Cobra DragonSnake CSX2093 goes on the auction block at the Mecum Kissimmee Auction Jan. 26-30, 2011. Failing that plea, start looking for spare change in the couch.

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