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.

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster now in country

Few things are as pleasurable as an open air drive on a warm summer evening, with the lights of the city spreading across the valley like the stars in the heavens above. Few vehicles deliver that feeling like the Mercedes-Benz SLK roadster. The 2012 model, the third generation of the car that launched the move to automatic hardtops, in now arriving at dealerships in the U.S.

Ford’s 2012 Focus Electric to have one cool battery

When Ford’s new Electric 2012 Focus hits the streets later this year, it will have one cool battery thanks to a liquid temperature control system that will maintain the optimal thermal range for both charging or powering the motor, whatever the weather. The Electric Focus is the first all-electric, gasoline-free vehicle in the brand’s line, with four more models yet to be released during the next year and a half.

BMW 1- and 3-Series 2-door coupe and vert to become 2- and 4-Series

Just last week we reported that BMW had filed for the trademarks to “BMW M2” and “M2” and now we have a clearer idea of what those could be as several sources suggest that what we know now as the BMW 1-Series and 3-Series Coupe and Convertible will be known next year as the new BMW 2-Series and 4-Series.

Congressmen drive hard to extend autogas spiffs

ROUSH CleanTech, the suburban Detroit company in the forefront of the American autogas movement, is lauding Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL) and Congressman Dan Boren (D-OK) for their support of the Propane Green Autogas Solutions Act of 2011, which will put a significant number of clean-burning propane autogas vehicles on American roads by extending tax credits.

General Motors Venture LLC to invest $6 million in Protera Inc.

As part of a $30 million package to commercialize technology, including a rapid-charging transit system and other next-generation technologies that support innovation in the global transportation industry, General Motors Ventures LLC will inject $6 million, a 20 percent of the total stake in Proterra Inc., a leading maker of zero-emission commercial transit buses.

Subaru WRX STI breaks 21-year record on Isle of Man track

Race driver Mark Higgins logged an all-time fastest lap by averaging 115.356 mph June 10 on the iconic Isle of Man TT Mountain Course. Higgins was driving a US spec 2011 Subaru WRX STI. The former record of 100 mph remained unchallenged for 21 years. His lap took 19 minutes 37 seconds with the WRX STI hitting speeds in excess of 162 MPH on the varied elevation course.

GM to offer an auto trans, performance traction system on Camaro ZL1

While speaking at the Camaro homecoming at the Oshawa production facility, the lead man for the Camaro offered a few choice comments on the upcoming 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, including the fact that the super muscle car will feature the performance traction management system from the Corvette ZR- along with an automatic transmission and even more horsepower.

Pike Research says Stop-Start technology enables less fuel consumption at lower cost than full hybrids

Call them what you will, but stop-start vehicles (SSV) that go by the names of micro hybrids and idle-stop vehicles enable gasoline engines to turn off when vehicles are slowed down or stopped. The net effect per Pike Research is up to 10% less fuel consumption, less emissions and at a cost lower than full hybrids.

NHTSA Director stands squarely in the path to progress

The chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Association showed his concern for the drivers of America at the annual 2011 Detroit Telematics Conference by stating, “A car is not a mobile device.” In so doing he also revealed a nebulous grasp of the industry’s current direction and the importance of technology currently under development to the future of transportation in the U.S. and beyond.

The continuing quest to covert automotive heat to electric power

It’s a simple concept with broad ramifications: combustion engines lose a lot of the energy in the fuel they burn to radiant heat, which in theory can be converted back to electricity by appropriately placed thermoelectric devices. Thus, heat in the engine compartment and exiting via the tailpipe could be redirected to recharge the battery and run the lights, wipers, steering and computer systems that make modern cars safer.