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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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RE: Underwhelming fuel economy
By milomnderbnder21 on 3/19/2007 10:40:30 PM , Rating: 2
According to a recent study posted on DailyTech, the only two cars in the united states that get a mixed miles per gallon rating of 40mpg or higher are the Honda Civic Hybrid and the Prius.

The honda gets 49/51. You will not find a non-hybrid in this country that can touch that. The Prius is even better in this respect. If you are buying a car, that improved gas mileage will add up over the years.

RE: Underwhelming fuel economy
By FITCamaro on 3/19/2007 10:52:13 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps. But considering the huge majority of cars "sold" these days are leased, you'll never see the savings because you'll constantly be paying a car payment.

RE: Underwhelming fuel economy
By Martin Blank on 3/20/2007 12:46:19 AM , Rating: 3
A huge majority? You mean the roughly one quarter of all new vehicle transactions that are leases? That "huge majority"? What about the other roughly three-quarters of new vehicle transactions that are sold outright, not to mention all of the used car sales, few of which are ever leased?

RE: Underwhelming fuel economy
By timmiser on 3/20/2007 4:19:59 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, diesels are not included in EPA stats for MPG.

By milomnderbnder21 on 3/20/2007 9:51:31 AM , Rating: 2
The study I mentioned from DailyTech was not a government study. They had, I believe, their own numbers from testing. I do not know if they included diesels, but you can't decide automatically that they did not consider them because it was an EPA was not.

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