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.

Combustion engine improvements threaten alternative vehicles, electric cars

"We forget sometimes that the current contender continues to improve," said Linda A. Capuano, Marathon Oil’s vice president for emerging technologies, at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’s 59th Annual Management Conference. If combustion engines continue to increase efficiency and lower emissions, alternative fuel vehicles may take longer to replace them than previously thought.

Honda Test Flies Jet over North Carolina

If you are into cars you may know that some auto makers such as, Saab, Mitsubishi, Subaru and others, made airplanes. Well, turns out Honda wants in on the plane market. Go right ahead, every thing else they make is reliable. If you happen to live in North Carolina you may have seen it and not even known about it. Honda Aircraft has been test flying there since 2010.
Paul Dehnerts 1994 Corvette ZR-1s

Paul Dehnert's 1994 Corvette ZR-1s sell at 2011 Mecum Indy

The 1990-1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 effectively raised the bar for American high performance and with under 7,000 units made over the course of its 6-year run, it is also one of the more rare Corvettes - but the 2011 Mecum Indy Auction featured three red 1994 Corvette ZR-1s owned by the late collector Paul Dehnert.

NHTSA closes investigation of Toyota Corolla steering systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has closed a 15-month investigation into the electronic power steering system in the 2009 and 2010 Toyota Corolla, stating that no problems were found with the system and allowing Toyota to avoid yet another reputation-damaging recall.

Story of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution the end of a Japanese icon

In 1992, a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution arrived in Mitsubishi dealerships. It was a fish out of water in a busy public traffic jam, but it’s a deer through the woods on a rally course. 19 years and ten versions later Mitsubishi has decided to stop production of its Rally Champion.

Landfill methane may be the next alternative fuel

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been promoting the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), to reduce methane emissions from landfills and encourage the beneficial use of landfill gas (LFG) as an energy resource. A company called Team Energy is now working with the City of St. Cloud FL to recover LFG from a closed landfill and convert it to natural gas for use in cars and trucks next year.

Charging the Nissan Leaf with solar power

His motives are as transparent as the California sky on a typical day, but Michael Powers is brilliantly marketing his solar power company by installing his products on his own home to show their practicality in charging his Nissan Leaf from power produced completely without any emissions. Powers is Co-founder and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Stellar Solar in Encinitas.

Forget the Hybrids, how about 75 MPG Diesels

Gasoline prices in parts of Europe are currently at $9 a gallon. I think it's safe to say that if those prices were ever to reach the United States, it would feel like the sky fell on our heads. With prices that astronomical, you would think that the streets of Europe would be littered with Toyota Priuses, Honda Insights and Chevrolet Volts. However, instead of embracing Hybrids, the Europeans have turned to an old automotive friend, the Diesel engine.

New idea in airbags: 'roof airbags' unveiled by TRW

TRW has unveiled a new concept in airbags, the "roof airbag." No, it's not an airbag intended to keep you in your seat during a rollover, though it does inflate from the roof of the car. It's simply a place to put the front-impact airbag somewhere other than the dash. And it's not just a concept but will, says TRW, be coming in at least one future model a major European car manufacturer's cars.

Senator Alexander says unused electricity should be used to plugin cars

"A conservative estimate is that we have an amount of electricity unused at night that’s equal to the output of 65 to 70 nuclear power plants between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.," Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) stated before the Senate Energy and National Resources Committee. “I suspect that’s probably our greatest unused resource in the United States. If we were to use that to plug in cars and trucks at night, we could electrify 43 percent of our cars and trucks without building one new power plant.”

Ford to invest 350 million in a Chinese transmission plant with serious capacity

Ford, in collaboration with its Chinese partners, is building its first transmission plant in China in support of the company's aggressive growth plan in the world's largest auto market. Ford's passenger vehicle joint venture in China, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Ltd. (CFMA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the transmission plant project today with the Municipal Government of Chongqing.