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.
The Ford logo on the 2011 Edge

More UAW workers at major Ford plants vote "yes" for the new contract

When UAW workers at a handful of Ford’s most vital plants were quick to vote “no” to the proposed 4-year contract last week, there were concerns that the Motor Company would be forced to face a costly strike but with a handful of equal vital plants voting “yes” through this past weekend – things are looking much better for the tentative labor contact.
Dan Wheldon

Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon dies at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Dan Wheldon, the charismatic two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, died in a horrible car crash involving 15 cars at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the IndyCar series finale today. Wheldon's death came as a huge blow to drivers, fans, spectators, race engineers, pit crews, and owners.
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Toyota pushes environmental education with travel program for teachers and school librarians

Toyota has chosen 26 American teachers and school librarians from 20 states to go to Costa Rica Nov. 19-Dec. 3 through the Toyota International Teacher Program. The aim is to help teachers and librarians inspire American students in their own schools by becoming "more involved in environmental, cultural and world studies," Toyota says.
Infiniti and Red Bull Racing expand Grand Prix partnership

Infiniti Expands Grand Prix Partnership with Red Bull Racing

Nothing breeds success like success. Coming off the heels of Red Bull Racing driver and Infiniti global ambassador Sebastian Vettel's 2011 Formula One World Championship at the Japanese Grand Prix, Infiniti has announced it will expand its partnership with Red Bull Racing Formula One team for the 2012 season.
Ford logo at NAIAS

Does the tight UAW-Ford vote reflect cracks in solidarity with the national union?

With a slim margin separating the United Auto Workers union from passing a new 4-year contract with Ford, it’s obvious the rank and file are not unanimously happy with how the national union has handled the Ford negotiations. Question is: Is there a deeper wound festering deep within the UAW?
Entry luxury sales are softening

2012 BMW 3 Series Debuts To Strong Competition from Mercedes C Class, Lower Luxury Car Sales

The 2012 BMW 3 series that debuted in Munich has the automotive media abuzz with excitement but it's been borne into a world where it faces tightening competition from the 2012 Mercedes C Class and an overall ennui in the luxury car sales market.
Daily Chart of Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) for 10/14/2011

Molycorp (NYSE: MCP) must step up rare earth materials production for EVs

In statements before Congress, Molycorp described China, which now controls some 97% of the world’s supply of rare earth metals, will continue to limit exports of the valuable elements, restricting its supply largely to domestic customers. Question is, can the supply of non-Chinese miners like Molycorp meet future demand of electrified vehicles?
Weekly chart of Navistar stock

Carl Icahn stakes his claim on Navistar, stock rises after hours after market down day

Navistar International (NYSE: NAV) stock was on the rise after-hours Thursday after activist investor, Carl Icahn, disclosed a 9.8 percent stake in the company. Was his decision based on technical or fundamental analysis and its report at 2011 DEER conference in Detroit?
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2012 Acura RL delivers stunning performance and technology

The 2012 Acura RL will have an impressive list of standard features, such as a 3.7L V-6 engine with VTEC valvetrain operation, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, sleek aerodynamic body, leather interior, power moonroof, Bose audio system and even more. The 2012 Acura RL will be extremely competitive luxury sedan as it will deliver exceptional luxury, style and performance.
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Win a 2012 Porsche 911 S from Need for Speed: The Run

Last month we brought you the news that Need for Speed: The Run was showing off the fact that they have a Porsche models while fierce competition Forza Motorsport 4 does not and now, Electronic Arts has announced that they will be giving away a 2012 Porsche 911 S with the help of a video featuring gameplay of the new Porsche in NFS: The Run.
Nissan's new XTRONIC CVT. Photo courtesy of Nissan USA.

Nissan Unveils New Generation XTRONIC CVT

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today unveiled its new generation XTRONIC Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for 2.0 to 3.5-liter engines and a new Hybrid System for front-wheel drive vehicles. Both developments represent important steps towards Nissan's stated goal of improving the fuel economy and environmental performance of internal-combustion vehicles.
An image of someone using the IBM smartphone EV charging app

Can Electric Vehicles help create a smarter, more stable power grid?

IBM Research announced today it has teamed with EKZ, the electricity utility provider of the Canton of Zurich in Switzerland to produce a smartphone app adding convenience to Electric Vehicle (EV) charging, as well as providing real-time information to utility providers so they can better manage power grid loads during peak usage – a challenge set to grow as more electric vehicles hit the road.
The Saab Phoenix Concept

Saab gets some Chinese money, lives to see another day

As Saab teeters on the edge of bankruptcy while attempting to shelter themselves under the protective arm of the Swedish government during corporate restructuring, the struggling Swedish automaker has reportedly received the first chunk of a $97 million dollar bridge loan with help from one of the Chinese firms hoping to buy into Saab.