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.

Scarcity of Ford Explorer helps GMC Acadia

NADAguides today put out its Most In Demand Vehicles Report – a list of the best new cars and trucks that sell well and are highly sought but are hard to find because factories are barely keeping up with demand. The list, which caters to discerning buyers who are driven by value, also identifies vehicles of similar quality and price, with greater availability.

Halfway across the country on a single tank of gas

It still a bit of a dream for most of us, but a valid goal nonetheless. With rising gas prices back in the headlines this summer, it's likely the collegiate teams in SAE International's Supermileage competition will be the envy of drivers across the nation. It’s the simple result of vehicles that can achieve fuel efficiency over 2,000 miles per gallon.
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The 2012 ZR1 smashes the Viper ACR's ‘Ring record - with video

Today the folks at General Motors posted a video on YouTube of the 2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 on the famed Nürburgring race course in Germany – a video in which the ZR-1 turned a stunning lap time of just 7:19.63, effectively destroying the record held by the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR since August 2008.
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Mazda Miata MX5: The least manly car in the world loses 720 lbs

Inside Line has heard that Mazda engineers were tasked with dropping 720lbs from the current Miata. This is an astronomical number that is surely intended as an exercise to see the limits of what can be shed from the original car. This is excellent news since the Miata MX5 has grown larger and fatter as the years passed which is completely the opposite of what the true spirit of this car is.

Experimental American DeltaWing to compete in 24 Hours of Le Mans

Some of the biggest names in American motorsports will join forces for the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans to demonstrate an experimental race car’s allegedly extreme performance utilizing half the weight and horsepower of a traditional racecar. The DeltaWing looks more like something you’d find on the Bonneville Salt Flats rather than the famous French endurance race.

Next gen Chrysler minivan to offer AWD and a new crossover

According to Chrysler and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, when the next generation Chrysler minivan hits the market it will feature the return of the popular all wheel drive system along with a new crossover variant – building on Marchionne’s comments at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show that one of the two top-selling minivans from Chrysler would be seeing a significant redesign in an effort to end inter-company redundancy.

Get $3,000 for your 300,000-mile beater

The Quaker State Company has initiated a marketing campaign bound to give some auto marketers grey hair – they will assure $3000 for you car as long as it meets qualifying requirements. Auto dealers are already dismayed at how cars last so much longer and are kept in the family by being handed down to children and other relatives. That’s one of the reasons used cars are going up in price.

Leasing a car or assuming a lease can help your budget

Do you circle the block and stop to fill up when you see a sign declaring fuel at $3.89 a gallon? Is keeping gas in the car beginning to seem like paying your rent or mortgage – a serious demand on your budget? Perhaps the lease of a newer, higher mileage vehicle is the way you can free up money for those other pressing needs.

Over half British drivers have misplaced car at least once

In an interesting study of why people call for roadside assistance, discovered one of those reasons is forgetting where you parked the car and wanting the helpline operator to find it. Other significant reasons included running out of gas or putting the wrong type of gas in the tank, with potentially disastrous effects.

Toyota requests dismissal of shareholder suits over unintended acceleration

Toyota Motor Corporation has been hit with a great many lawsuits stemming from their concealing known problems of unintended acceleration and while the automaker’s requests for dismissal have been rejected several times, they have once again requested that a group of lawsuits be throw out – this time focusing on the claims filed by their shareholders over the drop in company stock when the massive wave of recalls hit.

Cyclone-Williams' presents steam-powered LSR racer at American Veterans' Benefit

Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. (Pink Sheets: CYPW), developer of the award-winning Cyclone Engine - an eco-friendly external combustion engine - and Team Steam USA presented to the public for the first time what is soon to be the "Fastest Steam Car on Earth" at the Disabled American Veterans Classic Car and Truck Show in Pompano Beach, FL.

Used car buyers should still beware of flood damage

The Eastern States and the Mississippi River Valley have been in the news since April with flooding or tornados and the worst may be yet to come as hot weather and record snowpack begin to collide in the Rocky Mountains. Sometime during the next 12 months, those attempting to recoup some of their losses to these events will be selling their cars across the country. Then again, there may be more floods yet to come, extending the buyers period of necessary wariness.

Subaru releases iPad apps for Outback, Forester, WRX/STI

Mobile browsing has become quite popular, especially for consumers desiring knowledge about nearly every purchase, especially one with as much lifestyle and budget impact as the purchase of a car. In response, Subaru has announced new iPad applications for its 2011 model digital brochures. The free apps let consumers explore the new Outback, Forester and WRX/STI on the iPad interface, with 360-degree views, videos and interactive demonstrations.