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.
quote: Carbon Dioxxide (CO2) - This is the stuff that is hurting our environment. It causes global warming but it does not cause health issues. CO2 emissions are directly proportional to fuel consumption and since diesel engines use 30-40% less fuel, they emit 30-40% less CO2 than gas engines.
quote: I was just pointing out that there are other ways to get one's kicks than to hammer your car, pollute the environment
quote: I live in Holland and rising sea levels (which are almost certainly a result of excessive pollution since the industrial revolution) are going to be a very expensive problem.
quote: There are ways of getting your macho kicks without ripping the environment you know.
quote: Your car alone is not the problem. The problem is that your car is not alone and all the oil they collectively combust when made and used (even more so given driving styles such as yours), release gases which are prematurely forcing the planet's climate into a different (possibly highly unstable) state.
quote: The act of driving your car around produces more pollutants than the act of leaving your car off and sitting in your driveway, thus the makeup of the atmosphere of the Earth is being altered.
quote: You asked for proof that cars pollute. This is the best I can do. Frankly, if this isn't good enough, you're better off not driving a car.