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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 jimmy27 on 3/20/2007 11:12:17 AM , Rating: 2
Firstly, please don't love or hate something based on where in the world it is from. There are good people everywhere just working hard to get by. The politics are not up to those like you or me, but some unsavory characters all over the world (and the US) which creates that tension.

Second,I have owned 1 renault, 1 ford, 2 saturns, 1 honda, 1 audi and 3 toyotas. Rated on their quality (1-10, 10 best):
80's renault encore - 4
late 80's ford escort - 5
early 90's saturn - 7
late 90's saturn - 8
2001 honda civic - 7
mid 80's toyota celica - 9
mid 90's toyota MR2 - 9
2006 Toyota RAV4 - 9,10
2004 Audi A4 - 5

The Audi was in the shop 50 days the first year, half that time was because of the car, the other half was because the dealer messed up something ne fixing the car.

My wife's 2005 Corolla get 36mpg hwy consistently driving 75-80mph. At 70mph, my 4wd Rav get 31 mpg. I do think that the technology is there and has been there to do for mpg what some of these new hybrids are doing now. I am surprised that they cannot (or will not) give a dramatic increase in these numbers. If it suited my needs I would buy a prius, because I think it's the best, most efficient hybrid out there. Introductions like this seem to be mostly for bragging rights other than real progress though. These new hybrids need to be relatively affordable, perform well for the price, be more ecologically friendly and in various form factors. Otherwise, you could go out and get a decent car with the similar performance (mpg and acceleration) for 15-17K.




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