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.

IIHS: majority of drivers favor red light cameras

A recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports two thirds of drivers in cities where red light cameras have been used for a significant length of time support their use. According to their findings, intersection cameras have reduced the number of fatal crashes caused by drivers running red lights by 24 percent in these cities. Opponents of red light cameras, while vocal and sometimes influential, are in the minority.

Tow trucks flaunt law when towing your vehicle

An article in the Houston Press today highlights a grey area of tow truck practice related to a black and white aspect of the law, a contravention enforcement likely overlooks as a form of professional courtesy. According to the Houstonian who brought this to the paper’s attention, Houston Police state flatly any forced entry into a vehicle is a criminal act and yet tow trucks there and chances are where you live too regularly break into cars to secure the front wheels for towing.

Go farther on the Fourth with “Green tires”

As everyone gets ready for their Fourth of July, everybody would like to get a little more out of their gas dollar despite the slight lull in gas prices. Though only a few will be replacing their tires over the next week, that decision does have an effect on the mileage you get. Everyone else can benefit from the following reminders on how to get the most out of your fuel dollar.

Should there be a Pothole Alert highway sign?

We’ve all been there – had hot coffee splashed all over us or had our bones jarred by an unexpected pothole. In some of our cities, the roadways are nearly half and half relatively smooth roadway as opposed to dips, bumps and potholes. Then the trucks repairing them are about as good for traffic flow as the eroded asphalt gaps are for the suspension of your car – and so it goes.

Bake a cake for the Interstate Highway System

It was 55 years ago today the 46,876 miles of the Interstate Highway System began to become a reality with the passage of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 – popularly known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956 – on June 29. The road system was originally named The Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways after the former President who championed its creation. Now most simply refer to it as “the Interstate.”

Chrysler loses lawsuit over Imported from Detroit slogan

In March, we reported that Chrysler was suing a Detroit-based clothing manufacturer for the use of their “Imported from Detroit” slogan introduced during the Super Bowl and reports are now coming out that the judge has ruled against Chrysler in their attempt to make this other company stop selling knock-off products.

Americans are making things great, Obama tells Iowans

President Obama continues to use the auto industry's robust turnabout as a talking point as he pushes a platform of prosperity to boost Americans' morale. In Bettendorf, Iowa, the president told workers who make car hoods and doors at an Alcoa plant about the critical role he sees for manufacturing in America's return to greatness.

Fight over Right to Repair Bill rapidly escalating

The proposed legislation in Massachusetts that would force auto manufacturers to provide computer codes to third party repair shops and mechanics is heating up. Manufacturers understandably are unwilling to hand over data they consider proprietary, but the opposition says non-compliance gives OEMs a virtual monopoly over certain repairs, bypassing the traditional competition of the American marketplace.

EV Standards Panel creating a roadmap for America

The Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) gathered in Detroit last week to lay the groundwork for a strategic roadmap defining the standards and conformance programs needed to cultivate widespread acceptance and deployment of electric vehicles as well as the correlating infrastructure within the United States.