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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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Hope you enjoy the Vectra more than we do
By otispunkmeyer on 3/20/2007 4:58:09 AM , Rating: 2
so you guys are getting the Opel/vauxhall vectra eh? its not a bad car, bit boring and uninspiring but it is designed and built in germany and its a very well made, refined product (i've driven plenty of them, we have them as company pool cars)

while it is a bit boring and bland, vauxhalls/opels always tend to have rather potent engines for their size and the handlings not all bad either and it is rather roomy inside.

i wonder if to offset this Hybrid you guys will get the equivalent of the vectra VXR? 260bhp and a mean body kit...its stupidly quick, but torque and understeer is a problem

hybrids are a joke really, they're an intermediate step and tbh they're not even a good intermediat step.

RE: Hope you enjoy the Vectra more than we do
By Deaks2 on 3/20/2007 11:06:52 AM , Rating: 2
The Vectra VXR equivalent is the Aura XR:

3.6l DOHC V6 (~260bhp) with 6-spd auto

By Anh Huynh on 3/20/2007 12:51:00 PM , Rating: 2
The Aura and Vectra, while they both have similar front end treatments are not the same car. The Vectra rides on a shorter Epsilon platform while the Aura rides on the extended Epsilon platform thats shared with the Pontiac G6 and Chevy Malibu Maxx. The Vectra shares its platform with the normal Malibu and Saab 9-3.

The interior treatments are different too.

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