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.
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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.
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?