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Marc Carter is the Editor-in-Chief and founder of The Torque Report. When he's not writing news or reviews for The Torque Report, he also contributes to Inhabitat.com.

Toyota Prius Fails Emissions Test!

Apparently the environmentally friendly Toyota Prius has failed emissions tests in the state of Georgia. 2007 is the first year that drivers of the 2004 Prius are required to get emissions tests and drivers of the cars are finding out they are not passing the tests. It is ironic that the "green" car is failing emissions tests, but it is...

Should the State of California Place a Tax on Gas-Guzzling SUVs?

It seems like every week there is a new story about the current gas issue. Well now comes word that a legislator in California, US is proposing that the state should tax gas guzzling vehicles. The higher taxes on the gas-guzzling vehicles would then go to those people that buy fuel-efficient vehicles like the Toyota Prius. This topic of how...

U.S. Automakers Continue to Lose Market Share

In the first quarter of this year, fewer than 50% of Americans that bought new cars, bought from domestic brands. 48.9% of Americans bought cars and trucks from Ford, GM or Chrysler. This is down from last year and represents a continued downward slide for the domestic automakers. In 2005 domestic automakers had 54.5% of the market, by the end...

First Spy Pics of the New 2008 Honda Accord Coupe…Almost Identical to the Concept

The first spy pics of the new 2008 Honda Accord Coupe have surfaced. A user on the Howard Forums posted pics of two test mules that were driving by him. As you can tell the car looks very similar to the concept version that was shown earlier this year. The only difference is the lower rear fascia, the exhaust pipes...

We Can Thank Toyota for the Existence of Subaru and the WRX

According to a post on The Car Connection, Subaru would not exist if it wasn't for Toyota. According the CEO, without Toyota's support Subaru's future would have been unknown. After the alliance between Subaru and GM ended in 2005, the company was unsure of what to do next. Toyota bought an 8.7% stake in Subaru's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries...

Ford is the UK's "Most Trusted" Automaker?!

For the seventh consecutive year, Ford has been voted by readers of the Reader's Digest as Britain's most trusted car brand. The survey covers 15 countries and 38 product categories and assesses over 24,000 replies. Would this be the case if they had the same product line that we have here in the U.S.? It is widely known that Ford of...

Texting While Driving Could Soon be Against the Law

Everyone already knows the apparent risks of driving while talking on a hand-held cell phone. Lawmakers also know about the percentage of deaths and accidents that are caused each year by drivers who were not paying attention because they were talking on their phones. That is why a number of states in the U.S. have made it illegal to...

2008 Audi S5 Unveiled…Is it any Match for the BMW 3-Series?

Audi has just released specs and pictures of the new 2008 Audi S5. The car will feature a V8 FSI engine, that puts out 354hp and 325 lb-ft. of torque. The car also has a sportier suspension and modified exterior styling. The S5 will also have performance wheels and brakes, carbon fiber interior bits and either a six-speed manual...

Another Ford Recall… 500k Ford Escapes are Being Recalled

According to the Associated Press, Ford Motor Co. is recalling more than 500,000 Ford Escape SUVs due to  engine fires that are related to corrosion on antilock brake connectors. The recall involves 444,880 Escapes from the 2001-2004 model years in the U.S. and about 75,000 Escapes in Canada, Mexico and Europe. The recall does not affect the Escape Hybrid. Reportedly...

General Motors puts Rear-Wheel-Drive Models on Hold!

Following the announcements made by President Bush to raise corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards, Vice Chairman of GM, Bob Lutz has announced that the company is going to have to put their RWD cars on hold. The Bush administration wants to raise fuel economy standards by 4% a year so that cars will average 34mpg by 2017, compared to...

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