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Saturn Aura Green Line
The Saturn Aura Green Line starts at $22,695 including destination charge

General Motors has officially announced pricing for its 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line hybrid sedan. The vehicle will retail for $22,695 including destination charge and will also be eligible for a $1,300 tax credit from the federal government for 2007 tax returns.

For comparison, the Honda Civic Hybrid, Nissan Altima Hybrid, Toyota Prius and Toyota Camry Hybrid are priced from $22,985, $25,015, $22,975 and $26,820 respectively, including destination charge.

The 2007 Aura Green Line is considered to be a "mild hybrid" since it cannot move forward under electric power alone. The Aura Green Line hybrid powertrain (164HP 2.4 liter 4-cylinder plus electric motor/generator) is capable of providing mild electric assistance under acceleration, stopping the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop and starting it back up again when the gas is pressed. The car also takes advantage of regenerative braking to help recharge the battery pack.

The Aura Green Line boasts EPA ratings of 28MPG/35MPG city/highway compared to 20/30 for an Aura with the 224HP 3.5 liter V6 and 20/28 for the Aura with the 252HP 3.6 liter V6.

A more viable comparison may be with the Pontiac G6 base sedan. This vehicle is the Saturn Aura's platform-mate and also uses the 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine and transmission without the hybrid add-ons. EPA ratings for the G6 are 23/33 city/highway which means that the Aura Green Line’s hybrid system affords the driver an additional 5MPG in the city and 2MPG on the highway.

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By HaZaRd2K6 on 3/19/2007 7:17:19 PM , Rating: 2
Are those MPG figures calculated under the old EPA standard tests or the new ones that are supposed to be used for all 2007+ model year cars? Because I'm pretty sure all those other figures are 2006.

RE: BUT...
By Brandon Hill on 3/19/2007 7:23:43 PM , Rating: 2
They definitely aren't the 2008 ratings.

The 2008 MPG ratings for the Pontiac G6 (2.4 base) are 20/30... down from 23/33.

So I'd guesstimate 25/32 for the Aura Green Line under 2008 ratings.

RE: BUT...
By Goty on 3/19/2007 11:48:33 PM , Rating: 2
The new figures aren't any good either. My parents' G6 GT currently gets about 24 in the city and a pretty much constant 35 on the highway.

RE: BUT...
By Martin Blank on 3/20/2007 12:52:34 AM , Rating: 2
Hence the phrase, "Your mileage may vary."

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