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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: Give it a chance
By milomnderbnder21 on 3/19/2007 10:42:30 PM , Rating: 2
I do not believe your statement on gas mileage for 90's Civics of VW's.

They could very possibly beat this 'mild' hybrid, but I will not believe without seeing some numbers that these cars you mention get better mileage than a Prius or a Civic Hybrid.

RE: Give it a chance
By Johnniewalker on 3/20/2007 3:34:06 AM , Rating: 2
My 2000 civic has 170,000 miles and still gets 32+ mpg. I drive 30 miles to work every day. Best purchase I have ever made. Plenty of power (5 speed) to go 70+ mph up the mountains on the freeway. Always starts - never broken down. Just put on my 4th set of tires rated for 70k miles. I'll be doing the timing chain again in 30k miles. Original clutch, shocks. 2 brake jobs. 2nd set of headlights. This is the perfect car. When/If this motor goes kaput, I will probably put a new engine in it and keep it for the rest of my life. This car was 12k new!

RE: Give it a chance
By Hoser McMoose on 3/20/2007 1:54:29 PM , Rating: 2
The numbers are out there, just look 'em up on

1990 Honda Civic CRX HF: 49/52mpg
2007 Honda Civic Hybrid: 49/51mpg

(both sets of numbers using the "old" EPA rating).

It's amazing how good your fuel economy can be when you use a 50hp engine!

RE: Give it a chance
By 8steve8 on 3/20/2007 2:01:42 PM , Rating: 2
I think the real story there is the weight.

remember kenetic e=(1/2)mv^2 ... so the reason for the declines in fuel economy.. or at least the fact they aren't getting better in the last 20 years is weight.

RE: Give it a chance
By Hoser McMoose on 3/20/2007 3:02:30 PM , Rating: 2
That's definitely part of it. For the two vehicles mentioned above, the 1990 Civic CRX HF had a curb weight of just shy of 2000lbs, while the 2007 Civic Hybrid has a curb weight of 2875lbs. However it's also no coincidence that both cars have similar fuel economy given that they both use 1.3L I4 engines.

Definitely bigger and heavier cars are pretty much always going to use more fuel then a smaller and lighter car, if all else is equal. And since 1980 cars ARE getting bigger. The 2007 Honda Civic is roughly the same size and weight as the 1990 Honda Accord and it's bigger then the 1980 Accord. Mind you, the OCCUPANTS of these cars are bigger too, which probably explains a lot. People are buying bigger cars now then they were 20-30 years ago because they need bigger cars (on average) to accommodate their extra bulk!

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