Le Mans starting grid set, Audi hybrid takes pole but Toyotas break up the pack

Le Mans starting grid set, Audi hybrid takes pole but Toyotas break up the pack

June 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Motorsports , Hybrid , Audi , Nissan , Toyota , Diesel There were times during the past two days of qualifying when it looked like Audi might own the first two rows of the starting grid for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans . The R18 e-tron quattro hybrid cars were running the quickest lap times, with the two diesel R18 Ultras following close behind. The two Toyota TS 030 hybrid cars were also quick, but it seemed they were always nipping at the heels of an Audi’s lap time, much like the Audis used to trail the faster Peugeots during qualifying for Le Mans races of the recent past. And we all know how that usually ended for Peugeot . So when the third and final qualifying session ended last evening, we were surprised to learn the starting grid had ended up as anything but expected. An Audi will have pole position, and a hybrid car at that, which marks the first time such a powertrain has earned the honor. The No. 1 R18 e-tron quattro beat all comers with a fastest lap of 3:23.787, nearly two seconds quicker than last year’s pole. Next to the first R18 e-tron quattro will be another R18, but not a hybrid. The No.

Edmunds charts last month’s quickest-selling cars

Edmunds charts last month’s quickest-selling cars

May 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Car Buying , Budget , Hybrid , Etc. , Hatchback , Toyota Edmunds has taken the time to sort through the March 2012 sales data to find which were the quickest selling models of the month. According to the site’s research, the 2012 Toyota Prius C took the top nod by sitting on dealer lots just eight days before whirring off to a new home. Manufacturers routinely use “days to turn” to evaluate consumer demand, though pesky variables like production capacity can easily tweak the number north or south. That’s likely why the Audi Q7 took just 11 days to turn and its smaller sibling, the Q5 , took just 13. Audi is having a hard time keeping production in pace with consumer demand. Other stars of last month’s show include the Hyundai Veloster . With an average of 14 days on dealer lots, the model finds itself tied with hardware like the BMW X6 and Subaru Impreza for being quick to turn. You can check out the full list of quickest-sellers by heading over to Edmund’s Inside Line . Edmunds charts last month’s quickest-selling cars originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 30 Apr 2012 16:29:00 EST.

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