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.

German study finds next generation spending less time behind the wheel

In the land that gave us BMW, Mercedes-Benz and the Volkswagen, a new study has discovered the next generation of German youth are driving less and riding public transit more. It is believed, nevertheless, they are not eschewing personal mobility for a greener lifestyle but delaying one of life’s more expensive purchases until after college, just as American students are worrying about paying off their student loans.
The logos of the UAW and the Chrysler Group

The UAW ratifies Chrysler contract despite voting split

Earlier today we brought you the news that the two main groups within Chrysler’s assembly of UAW workers – the production workers and skilled trade workers – had split on whether or not to ratify the new 4-year deal between the labor union and the Chrysler Group but after a brief period of discussion among union officials, the UAW has approved the new contract.
The Newton eTrans, America's first all-electric shool bus

America's First All-Electric School Bus Newton eTrans

Smith Electric Vehicles, in conjunction with school bus manufacturer Trans Tech Bus, has unveiled the nation's first all-electric, zero-emissions school bus deemed Newton eTrans. The vehicle had its debut at the National Association for Pupil Transportation's Annual Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio. America’s first all-electric school bus is available for order today and will be ready to ship early in 2012.
The logos of the UAW and the Chrysler Group

Chrysler UAW workers split, new contract in jeopardy

The UAW has been careful to not publish any sort of official results of the current voting process under way for the new 4-year Chrysler contract but reports suggest that with nearly all local branches around the US having turned in their results; production workers have voted in favor of the new deal while skilled trade workers have voted against the new contract.
The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

The 2013 diesel powered Chevy Cruze will be built in Lordstown, Ohio

General Motors will become the first American automaker to offer a diesel powered passenger vehicle when the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze debuts with the new diesel engine option and when those new oil-burning Cruze sedans reach dealerships, they will all be built in the company’s Lordstown, Ohio Assembly Plant.

Armoring Auto Shop busted by units of the Mexican Army

An auto shop used to bulletproof vehicles for drug gangs was raided by Mexican troops yesterday, according to a report by Adriana Gomez Licon with ABC News today. Ten people were taken into custody and10 vehicles currently being converted to armored, bulletproof status. Six other reinforced vehicles were found warehoused in the state of Sinaloa and were also confiscated by the army personnel.

San Juan Police working to thwart auto theft by Mexican Drug Cartels

Police in San Juan think a sticker is a good start to preventing your car from being stolen and going across the border into Mexico for incidious purposes. The program is designed not only to protect property, but also to keep stolen vehicles out of the hands of drug cartels south of the border.
The Ram 392 Quick Silver

The Ram 392 Quick Silver headed to SEMA 2011 looking like the Ram SRT8

Earlier this year, I had a chance to speak with SRT CEO Ralph Gilles about the possibility of seeing an SRT-powered Ram in the future and while he couldn’t offer any future product plans, the Ram 392 Quick Silver coming to the 2011 SEMA Show could be a preview of “what could be” if Gilles’ SRT engineers were to build a Ram 1500 of their own.
The Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR

The Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR coming to the 2011 SEMA Show

Chrysler’s Mopar performance parts division always has a massive presence at the SEMA Show and 2011 will be no different, as the Mopar Underground team will unveil their Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR – built almost entirely with parts from the Mopar catalog to pay homage to the incredible Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR that recently reclaimed the production car lap time record at the famed Nürburgring.
2012 Honda Civic CNG Green Car of the Year semi-finalist

Finalists for 2012 Green Car of the Year Announced Ahead of LA Auto Show

The five finalists for the 2012 Green Car of the Year have been announced with the field reduced to the: 2012 Ford Focus Electric, 2012 Mitsubishi i, the 2012 Honda Civic CNG, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI and the 2012 Toyota Prius V. The winner will be announced at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 17.
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Berlin’s Automotive Arsonist arrested

An Automotive Arsonist who torched more than 100 cars in Berlin, a campaign many thought was the work of political extremists, was arrested by police yesterday. The unnamed 27-year-old was moved to violence by the same rage and frustration motivating Occupy Wall Street and related protests globally, though in this case the protest was personal and childishly pursued to a criminal extent.
The Nissan Leaf is a shining example of their commitment to the environment

Nissan boosts corporate commitment to environment

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has announced Nissan Green Program 2016, a new six-year environmental plan (NGP 2016). This new plan will focus on reducing the company’s carbon footprint, implementing a shift to renewable energy and increasing the diversity of resources used in production. This will include committing 70 percent of the annual research and advanced engineering budget to environmental technologies.