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 COBB Tuning Ford Focus

The new Ford Focus to have a heavy presence at SEMA 2011

The Ford Focus ST will arrive next year to show off the sportier side of the new C-segment hatch and sedan but when the 2011 SEMA Show opens in Las Vegas, show-goers will get a look at the spicy side of the current standard production Ford Focus with help from the likes of Roush Performance, 3d Carbon, Steeda, and Cobb Tuning.
The Saab 9-4x

Saab receives a multi-million lifeline from the United States

Last week, we brought you the news that Saab and parent Company Swedish Automobiles NV (Swan) had received the first installment of a massive bridge loan with help from soon-to-be Chinese partner Youngman Lotus and today, there is more good news as Saab has entered into an agreement with American firm North Street Capital – a deal that will bring the company some $70 million.
Chip Foose witht h WD40 mystery car

Chip Foose and WD40 to unveil new charity car at SEMA 2011

The folks at WD40 have worked with the SEMA Cares group each of the last two years to build show cars-turned-Barrett Jackson Auto Auction vehicles, raising over $275,000 for children’s charities and this year, WD40 has worked once again with the companies of SEMA Cares along with automotive design legend Chip Foose to create an ultimate sports car.
The 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Hybrid owners among the first to buy recently launched electric cars

Not surprisingly, hybrid owners were among the first to trade in their Prius hybrid for a Chevrolet Volt or Nissan Leaf during 2011. Those who years ago made a commitment to the greening of the planet and their pocketbooks logically would be among the first to take the next step to a plug-in vehicle promising even greater savings on both fronts.
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Tesla loses libel claim against Top Gear

Tesla, the electric car company, lost a libel claim against Top Gear, the immensely popular BBC automotive TV show, in a court ruling today. Tesla is still continuing it's court battle against Top Gear and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), regarding an episode where it showed the company's Roadster running out of battery charge on its test track.
The Ford blue oval from the 2011 Fusion Sport

UAW workers approve new Ford labor contract - new details revealed

While the days immediately following the announcement of the proposed 4-year deal between Ford Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union were tense with some major Ford factories voting against the deal, today the UAW announced that the workers have voted to approve the new contract by a margin of roughly 2 to 1.
The Fisker Karma sedan

The 2012 Fisker Karma luxury sport sedan fuel economy ratings

The 2012 Fisker Karma is like no other car in the world, combining the efficiency of an electric vehicle with the high performance output of a modern sports car wrapped in a high end luxury package and today, the official fuel economy ratings from the EPA are official with the Karma sedan receiving a rating of 52 MPGe along with offering 32 miles of electric only range.
Volvo giving away S60 R-Design in Twilight Saga Facebook contest

Volvo's Twilight Saga Facebook Contest Giving Away Rio Trip, S60 R-Design Sedan

What do Volvos, vampires and Brazil all have in common? It's a Facebook contest revolving around the upcoming premier of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" that features prizes like a trip to Brazil, a new Volvo S60 R-Design and tickets to the premier.
General Motors will demonstrate this week at the Intelligent Transport Systems W

GM developing mobile tech to warn of potholes, slippery roads, other motorists

New mobile technology in development by GM researchers could alert drivers of potentially dangerous driving circumstances well in advance using embedded devices or smartphone apps to create a wireless safety network. Such devices are designed to gather data from other vehicles and infrastructure to alert drivers to slowing traffic, stalled vehicles, hard-braking drivers, slippery roads, sharp curves and upcoming construction or other impediments.

Bosch developing long-range automotive radar

In the very near future, long-range radar will allow your car to maneuver through fog – fog so thick you can hardly see the hood of your car – without a care in the world. If for some reason you don’t perceive what the radar sees, it will stop the car for you before you hit anything. Then you need only pray the person behind you also has automotive radar.

IEEE states 90 percent of all auto accidents could be prevented

Nearly every auto accident caused by driver error, which amounts to 90 percent of all crashes, could be eliminated if existing intelligent mobility technologies were implemented in both vehicles and roads, state experts at IEEE, the world's largest professional technical association. These technologies include features such as the detection of drowsy drivers, lane departure warning, and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications for safety.
Cutaway of Cyclone Engine, courtesy of Cyclone Power Technolgies

Cyclone Power updates with news on Waste Heat Engine builds and LSR run at NASA

The LSR run on the NASA landing strip has been known for a while, but Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. (Pink Sheets: CYPW), developer of the all-fuel, clean-tech Cyclone Engine, and Phoenix Power Group LLC announced that they have also successfully completed fabrication, assembly and initial testing of the first pre-production Waste Heat Engines (WHE-25) manufactured by TopLine Energy Systems. It doesn't take an engineer to see the connection with automotive.
Some used cars, like this Buick LeSabre, live longer than others. Photo Don Bain

Is there life after death for old used cars?

Susan Sawyer-Beaulieu, a post-doctoral researcher in civil and environmental engineering, has spent the last eight years finding out whether old used cars have a life after death when they are removed from the road only to find most are stripped, shredded, sorted and resold as parts of other consumer products from large appliances to lawn mowers.
A typical private parking sign. Photo by Don Bain

Revelers beware of parking scams

It’s that time of year when Haunted Houses spring up in the most unusual places. Many of us are drawn to these exercises in elevated anxiety or humor, as the case may be. The really scary part comes after you park at these attractions in strange parts of town and return to look for you car, only to find it missing after the person who took your money for parking said you had nothing to worry about.