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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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this isn't gonna sell...
By dcpizzle on 3/20/2007 8:28:19 AM , Rating: 2
saturn aura hybrid: 28/35, $22,695
toyota camry 4 cyl: 24/33, $19,925

and that's the camry LE, there's a CE starting at $18,470. factor in expected reliability and maintenance costs and the reasons to consider the hybrid disappear.

this is GM trying to put out as many hybrids as possible because they are selling like crazy. however, once again, they've missed the opportunity that toyota and honda have already taken over.

they should give it a regular 4 cyl engine, ditch the hybrid crap, and slap on a price tag around $18,000. then they'd sell plenty and the MPG wouldn't be that bad. right now the cheapest model has a V6 and starts at about $21,000. they aren't gonna win over any toyota owners with that...

RE: this isn't gonna sell...
By ElFenix on 3/20/2007 1:14:52 PM , Rating: 2
saturn isn't meant to go toe to toe with the less expensive toyota offerings. GM's new plan for it is an upscale brand.

if you want a cheaper 4 cylinder version, the new chevy malibu and the pontiac G6 are what you want.

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