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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 otispunkmeyer on 3/20/2007 5:34:17 AM , Rating: 2
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.

now first off, there are many many green house gases, we produce many of them too, but all anyone wants to believe in is man made CO2.

on top of that, im not entirely convinced that man made CO2 is the cause of GW. alot of people, jobs and money and based on the premise that man made CO2 is the sole contributing factor to GW. im not denying GW at all, im just sceptical as to the cause... i think man madeCO2 is just a small portion of a very big pie that includes other man made products, the sun and the earths natural cycle.

most cars have catalytic converters...these actually make a car produce more CO2 than they normally would because they are converting all the nasty gases like CO into something less detrimental to our health.

i honestly think, despite all this push to be green, driving green cars and paying large green taxes the outcome will be exactly the same. the earth will continue to warm and we'll be heavily out of pocket because of it.

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