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 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Hybrid owners among the first to buy recently launched electric cars

Not surprisingly, hybrid owners were among the first to trade in their Prius hybrid for a Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf during 2011. Those who years ago made a commitment to the greening of the planet and their pocketbooks logically would be among the first to take the next step to a plug-in vehicle promising even greater savings on both fronts.
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Tesla loses libel claim against Top Gear

Tesla, the electric car company, lost a libel claim against Top Gear, the immensely popular BBC automotive TV show, in a court ruling today. Tesla is still continuing it's court battle against Top Gear and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), regarding an episode where it showed the company's Roadster running out of battery charge on its test track.
The Ford blue oval from the 2011 Fusion Sport

UAW workers approve new Ford labor contract - new details revealed

While the days immediately following the announcement of the proposed 4-year deal between Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union were tense with some major Ford factories voting against the deal, today the UAW announced that the workers have voted to approve the new contract by a margin of roughly 2 to 1.
The Fisker Karma sedan

The 2012 Fisker Karma luxury sport sedan fuel economy ratings

The 2012 Fisker Karma is like no other car in the world, combining the efficiency of an electric vehicle with the high performance output of a modern sports car wrapped in a high end luxury package and today, the official fuel economy ratings from the EPA are official with the Karma sedan receiving a rating of 52 MPGe along with offering 32 miles of electric only range.
Volvo giving away S60 R-Design in Twilight Saga Facebook contest

Volvo's Twilight Saga Facebook Contest Giving Away Rio Trip, S60 R-Design Sedan

What do Volvos, vampires and Brazil all have in common? It's a Facebook contest revolving around the upcoming premier of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" that features prizes like a trip to Brazil, a new Volvo S60 R-Design and tickets to the premier.
General Motors will demonstrate this week at the Intelligent Transport Systems W

GM developing mobile tech to warn of potholes, slippery roads, other motorists

New mobile technology in development by GM researchers could alert drivers of potentially dangerous driving circumstances well in advance using embedded devices or smartphone apps to create a wireless safety network. Such devices are designed to gather data from other vehicles and infrastructure to alert drivers to slowing traffic, stalled vehicles, hard-braking drivers, slippery roads, sharp curves and upcoming construction or other impediments.

Bosch developing long-range automotive radar

In the very near future, long-range radar will allow your car to maneuver through fog – fog so thick you can hardly see the hood of your car – without a care in the world. If for some reason you don’t perceive what the radar sees, it will stop the car for you before you hit anything. Then you need only pray the person behind you also has automotive radar.

IEEE states 90 percent of all auto accidents could be prevented

Nearly every auto accident caused by driver error, which amounts to 90 percent of all crashes, could be eliminated if existing intelligent mobility technologies were implemented in both vehicles and roads, state experts at IEEE, the world's largest professional technical association. These technologies include features such as the detection of drowsy drivers, lane departure warning, and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications for safety.
Cutaway of Cyclone Engine, courtesy of Cyclone Power Technolgies

Cyclone Power updates with news on Waste Heat Engine builds and LSR run at NASA

The LSR run on the NASA landing strip has been known for a while, but Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. (Pink Sheets: CYPW), developer of the all-fuel, clean-tech Cyclone Engine, and Phoenix Power Group LLC announced that they have also successfully completed fabrication, assembly and initial testing of the first pre-production Waste Heat Engines (WHE-25) manufactured by TopLine Energy Systems. It doesn't take an engineer to see the connection with automotive.
Some used cars, like this Buick LeSabre, live longer than others. Photo Don Bain

Is there life after death for old used cars?

Susan Sawyer-Beaulieu, a post-doctoral researcher in civil and environmental engineering, has spent the last eight years finding out whether old used cars have a life after death when they are removed from the road only to find most are stripped, shredded, sorted and resold as parts of other consumer products from large appliances to lawn mowers.
A typical private parking sign. Photo by Don Bain

Revelers beware of parking scams

It’s that time of year when Haunted Houses spring up in the most unusual places. Many of us are drawn to these exercises in elevated anxiety or humor, as the case may be. The really scary part comes after you park at these attractions in strange parts of town and return to look for you car, only to find it missing after the person who took your money for parking said you had nothing to worry about.

Mercedes Benz recalling select BlueTec diesel models over fire hazards

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a recall of select 2011 and 2012 Mercedes Benz models equipped with the 3.5L V6 BlueTec turbo diesel engine over concerns of a fuel leak around the fuel heating system – an issue that can vastly increase the chances of fire in the affected cars and SUVs.