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 and UAW will revive plant where Ions, other Saturns were made

The Saturn Ion was a great compact car for first-time car buyers as the Saturn brand was limping on its last legs. The affordably priced Ion was one of the last vehicles of the almost 4 million vehicles that were made by Saturn at the factory in Spring Hill, Tenn., over the course of 17 years. That same plant is expected to be resuscitated as part of the pending contract between General Motors and the UAW.
Chevrolet Equinox

GM might build Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain at Spring Hill plant

General Motors Co. as part of its pending agreement with the UAW is poised to reopen an idled factory near Nashville by next summer to fulfill a promise to the UAW to create jobs. More than 2,000 people would need to be hired or brought off layoff in Tennessee if General Motors plans to run that plant full blast to make cars.
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Ratification next step for 4-year GM-UAW contract

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and the UAW shook hands on a four-year contract late Friday, giving GM's rank and file their first pay raises in eight years. While terms of the General Motors-UAW deal weren't immediately disclosed, Reuters reported that 48,500 unionized GM workers would get $5,000 "signing bonuses" and that at least 570 laid-off workers would be re-employed.
The 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in

Toyota reveals pricing on the Toyota Prius V and Plug-in

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. has announced the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices at the annual Green Drive Expo for two new hybrid vehicles, the Toyota Prius v and Prius Plug-in. The all new Prius v and Prius Plug-in are the two newest additions to the Prius Family, soon to be followed by the city-friendly Toyota Prius c, which will launch in next year.
2012 Acura TSX

Acura sets prices for 2012 Acura TSX and adds Special Edition

Acura today added a new model and held the line on prices for its entry-level TSX family of cars, with a $200 MSRP increase per auto. Prices range from $29,810 for the bare-bones 2012 Acura TSX sports sedan to $34,810 for the tech-driven 2012 TSX Sport Wagon with Technology Package. Both 2012 cars are available now in showrooms.
Car Seat Belt Safety

Car seatbelts used unsafely according to study

Approximately 40,000 people die each year in car crashes and many times, improper use of the car seatbelt is to blame, according to ADTSEA. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for people 3-years old through 34-years old; however if used correctly, seat belts can prevent death in just about half of these crashes, according to MSNBC.
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Nissan creates gamer reality show to find next professional race car driver

Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA), in is teaming up with Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (SCEA) and Polyphony Digital Inc., to premier GT Academy USA. This is a dream come true for gamers, for it is a reality show that takes 16 Gran Turismo 5 gamers and gives them a chance to become professional race car drivers.
AAA helps with car repair

AAA Automotive Experts share how to select a repair facility

AAA Automotive experts have come up with a list for car drivers and consumers that recommends ten very important things drivers should look out for and consider when they are searching for a repair shop to fix or maintain their cars. Finding a trustworthy shop is not easy and now AAA is here to help.

Some Republicans seem to favor melting icecaps, dependence on foreign oil

At a hearing Wednesday of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, John D. Graham, director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs 2001-2006, was critical of CAFE requirements and the administration’s efforts to dramatically boost fuel efficiency standards by 2025.
The 2012 Toyota Highlander

Toyota adds fuel-efficient four-cylinder option to 2012 Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander, fresh from a vehicle revision in 2011, now offers a 25-mpg highway rated, four-cylinder engine to complement the popular 2012 Toyota Highlander V6 and Hybrid models. The three-row crossover moves into 2012 continuing to offer the exceptional value cited by numerous third-party authorities.

BMW's environmental stewardship lauded by Carbon Disclosure Project

The BMW Group achieved its best performance ever in the just published Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) ranking wherein the BMW Group was named number one automotive manufacturer, ranking in the Top 10 of all participating international companies. Scoring 96 out of a possible 100 points, the company is listed in both the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) and the Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI).

UAW boss King snubs Chrysler CEO Marchionne, Sergio replies with an angry letter

Last night the current contract between the UAW and the Chrysler Group expired and to prevent the workers from being forced to work without a valid contract, Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne flew from the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany to Detroit to finalize the new contract with UAW President Bob King – the only problem is that King didn’t show up.