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.

Projected fuel cell costs decline 81 percent since 2003

Contained within a 2010 update by the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), fuel cell costs have reduced to the level of high-end internal combustion engines. This means Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEV) can become cost effective within a few years if produced in high volumes.

Judge rules that Toyota must disclose recall settlement terms

Toyota Motor Corp reportedly settled with the first of what could be a great many lawsuits from consumers against the automaker for their lethal recall practices and when the settlement was achieved, Toyota requested that the terms of the settlement not be disclosed publicly but Judge Anthony J. Mohr has ruled that Toyota must indeed disclose the terms of the agreement.
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Four alternate engine technologies for 2011 and beyond

With ultra-green ideas on the minds of many legislators that may one day force 60-plus mpg and ultra-low CO2 levels into law, the auto industry best rethink its entire engine technology position for 2011 and beyond. Fact is, there are technologies and concepts just waiting for development and a chance to prove the ICE and other combustion technologies can compete, not only on a fuel mileage basis, but on a cost and an ecological basis as well.

Tesla has already taken 3000 buyers for the 2012 Tesla Model S sedan

In a form filed recently with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Tesla Motors revealed a handful of information about the current goings-on within their company, including the fact that they have already received 3,000 pre-orders for the 2012 Tesla Model S sedan – accounting for $15 million in revenue from a car over a year away from seeing production.

Dodge announces free maintenance program for 2011 Durango, Journey

The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango and refreshed 2011 Dodge Journey are all packed full of reasons to belong in your short list for your next new car but in case you needed one more reason, Dodge has just announced a free maintenance program for the highline versions of their crossover and new SUV.

Nissan's HR12DDR engine implies longevity for the internal combustion engine

The Nissan Leaf to be introduced for 2011 represents the future, but it is only one part of Nissan's two-pronged vehicle strategy. The other part of the company's plan is “Pure Drive,” aimed at developing vehicles with high-efficiency internal-combustion engines (ICEs), transmissions, and hybrid systems.

Kia Optima Turbo Delivers an Emotional Component to Rational Midsize Segment

But after some time behind the wheel, I have to commend Kia for its strategy (which also includes comparisons to other midsize models). The Kia Optima Turbo seems to be a much better car than the Hyundai Sonata Turbo, which until I drove the Optima Turbo, was my hands-down, favorite midsize sedan currently offered.

GM reveals GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept prior to 2011 NAIAS

In an unusual move, GM has preempted media days by revealing its GMC concept weeks before the start of this year’s North American International Auto Show. Its news release of the GMC Sierra All Terrain HD concept says it is an exploration of heavy-duty truck capability combined with greater off-road versatility.

Auto industry turning more to outside research to fulfill technology needs

Today, new automotive technologies present the opportunity for enormous gains; the more disruptive the better. Nonetheless, taking a new tech concept from the lab to the marketplace is a risky and time-consuming proposition. Automakers have thus increased their collaborations with universities, research labs, suppliers and start-ups.