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.

Ford Escape and Kuga replacement Concept to debut at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

Ford will debut a new crossover concept in near-production form next month at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show and while the name is not yet known, this Ford Focus-based crossover will likely fit under the One Ford plan, replacing the Escape in North America and the Kuga in other markets.

Hyundai may split, make new luxury brand

Hyundai has gone public with plans to possibly create a new luxury auto brand in the U.S., splitting its operations and perhaps even establishing an entirely new dealer body to carry its premium models. According to reports in the business press, Hyundai might call the new division Genesis, taking the name from its Genesis luxury sedan launched in 2008. In addition to the Genesis and the new Hyundai Equus, future luxury models could follow the creation of the new division.

Is a hydrogen and internal combustion engine marriage in your future?

Not all follow-ups to news releases communicate proper emphasis, especially when it comes to Detroit and its technologies. Case in point is the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) media release on its website, which showcased a hydrogen-powered bus as representative of advance vehicle technologies. Deemphasized by most in the follow-up automotive press was the fact that the engine was internal combustion, not a fuel cell.

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Conference and Expo goes to Washington

If you are in any way affiliated or simply want to know more about the North American hydrogen and fuel cell market, the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Conference & Expo is considered a "must do" event! It is touted as the place where partnerships are formed, deals are made, and new hydrogen technologies are introduced. This year’s event returns to Washington, D.C. and runs February 13 - 16.

Indian automaker Tata looking to hire hundreds in Detroit by January 3, 2011

Tata Motors is based out of India and among their huge global product lineup is their semi-popular Tata Nano – the cheapest (least expensive) car in the world today. This past weekend Tato Technologies, a subsidiary of Tata Motors, announced that they would be hiring 400 engineers at its Novi, Michigan US headquarters with hopes of filling these positions by January 3rd, 2011.

Hyundai, Kia, Subaru first to top pre-recession sales

The two American car brands with Korean roots – Hyundai Motor America and Kia Motors America – have already set all-time annual sales records, with one month still remaining before the year ends. Similarly, Japan-based Subaru of America closed November with an 11-month sales total that tops its previous 12-month record. The trio becomes the first U.S. auto retailers to fully recover from the car market's big contraction that began in 2008.

Imports join Ford to lead auto-sales recovery

While U.S. vehicle sales improve across the industry during 2010, four companies enjoy year-over-year growth that is far greater than the industry-wide average. They are Ford Motor Co., Hyundai Motor America, Subaru of America, and Volkswagen Group of America. Another four companies – Chrysler Group, Daimler, Kia Motors America and Nissan North America – also beat the overall U.S. growth average, but by a smaller margin.

Strong Audi sales outrun the market

Running very strong as it enters the final month of the year, Audi of America will likely become the first major automobile brand to top it sales performance from before the big market crash of 2008. Audi is on track to finish 2010 with its highest U.S. sales in history. The luxury brand's gains in 2010 far outstrip the pace of recovery for the overall American car market.

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