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 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.

Ford, Safety Leaders working to bring intelligent vehicles to market

Dr. Andre Seeck, president and chairman of the European New Car Assessment Programme, is visiting with Ford as the company works with global safety officials to create standards for intelligent vehicles that will eventually talk to each other, reducing crashes and congestion. Ford is working with other automakers and governments worldwide to create a common language so vehicles can talk to each other on a common communication standard.

Safety advocacy group demands recall of 1993-2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Center for Auto Safety is demanding that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration force the Chrysler Group to recall all Jeep Grand Cherokee models from the 1993 through 2004 model years – claiming that these vehicles post a significantly high risk of fire in the event of a rear-end collision.

A closer look at the 2012 Ford C-Max Energi and Hybrid

Today during the press conference announcing that the 2012 Ford C-Max would only be offered in the US as a 5-passenger model and the traditional gasoline drivetrain would not be available; Ford’s director of Electrification Programs and Engineering Sherif Marakby offered the media a closer look at the upcoming Energi and Hybrid versions of the new C-Max.

Chrysler Mobile Showroom hits road for national tour

Employees, suppliers and affinity partners of the Chrysler Group will get the chance to check out the all-new and significantly-refreshed lineup of 2011 models during the 2011 Chrysler Road Tour, which kicks off this week. With 95 stops on the extensive 19-week tour that provides employees the opportunity to talk, where they work, with product specialists about the 2011 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram Truck models, as well as the 2012 Fiat 500 model.

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.