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.

America’s Car Museum on track for 2012 opening

Despite beginning construction in the dire economic conditions of June 2010, the primarily philanthropically funded American Car Museum (ACM) is three-quarters completed and on track for a grand opening May 19, 2012. On a nine-acre campus, the institution will preserve and reveal the romantic and recurring rendezvous between America and the automobile.

Suzuki unveils two Kizashi Concepts at NYIAS

At a press conference last night, American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) unveiled a gas-electric variant of the Kizashi sedan as well as a turbocharged 275-horsepower version at the 2011 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Thereby Suzuki showed not only environmental concern, but a corresponding dedication to those who feel the need for speed.

Auto sector stocks reflected in Dow Jones US Autos and Parts pop on open

A weekly chart of the Dow Jones US Autos and Parts ($DWCAUP) shows major segments of the auto stock sector following the general market’s downward direction; in this case, testing the 40 week moving average, but rising on Wednesday morning‘s open as noted on the daily chart.

GM stock shrugs off Akerman comments of streamlined dealer network enjoying higher throughput and profitability

In remarks prepared for delivery, Dan Akerson, Chairman and CEO of General Motors Company (NYSE: GM), delivered the keynote address at the National Automotive Dealers Association/IHS Automotive Forum in New York. Among his many statements, he noted GM’s higher throughput and profits from the streamlined dealer network, but GM stock still traded lower and closed at 29.59.

Brits ironing out kinks of Bloodhound Supersonic car

The quest for land speed has been one of mankind’s perpetual pursuits since the dawn of time. It has gone from the preservation of life to a battle against the forces of nature – air resistance, traction, friction, lift and propulsion. To that end the Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) team has employed the HyperWorks suite of computer-aided engineering tools in the development of its jet and rocket powered car.

Five percent of drivers distracted 67 percent of the time

A lot of public service spots are aimed at getting drunk drivers off the streets for valid reasons. Yet, authorities will state drunk driving is just one form of distracted driving and some of the others can be just as dangerous to the driver and others. A recent study suggests the worst of us are distracted two thirds of the time we spend behind the wheel.

The 2012 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6 gets more power, loses the manual trans

General Motors has released information on the 2012 Cadillac CTS Sport Sedan, Sport Wagon and Coupe with the big news being the addition of some extra power in the 3.6L V6 without compromising fuel economy – although this powerful V6 will not be offered with a manual transmission to go with the new power.

Nissan issuing a service campaign on 2011 Leaf electric vehicles

Last week we brought you the news of Nissan’s investigation over no-start reports with their popular new Leaf electric vehicle and today, Nissan has issued a service campaign bulletin announcing that the vehicles are being called back to dealerships around the world to address a software problem that seems to be causing the no-start issue.

Nissan Leaf NISMO RC battery-electric race car debuts: Run silent, run green

There's a phrase that's often heard among environmental activists and that's "going off the grid." Nissan, however, wants to turn that phrase on its head by putting an all-electric battery-powered Nissan Leaf race car, the Nissan Leaf NISMO RC, on the starting grid of a race track.

Mazda CX-5 to make North American debut at NYIAS

This is the name given to the Minagi Concept car, first introduced at the Geneva Auto Show in March, as it moves into production: the Mazda CX-5. The new compact crossover combines Mazda’s KODO design approach with their new lower- emissions SKYACTIV technology and will make its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) this week.

Scuderi says 50-plus mpg achievable with turbocharged split-cycle air-hybrid engine

In a private interview with at SAE 2011 World Congress in Detroit, Sal Scuderi, President of the Scuderi Group, answered a pointed question about the potential of ever achieving 50-plus mpg using the split-cycle, hybrid engine with a turbo charger.