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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 dever on 3/20/2007 2:14:08 PM , Rating: 4
My father retired from GM. I learned from his experience and have always bought Toyota (except for my 1966 Mustang and various motorcycles). My preference is mostly due to the well documented reliability of Toyota. It also has a little to do with growing up in a union household witnessing firsthand the socialist agenda and strong-arm tactics of the UAW. It's hard to make a quality product at a good price when all your workers belong to a organization bent on destroying the viability of the company.

My Toyotas typically average 200K miles before giving away the still-running vehicle to someone who needs it. They've all had tremendous gas mileage as well. The old late-80's Corrolas averaged about 35/40. They've all been easy to work on, and safety ratings are typically high. It's humorous to see people still think that bigger is always better in terms of safety. The safest cars in the world are tiny formula one racers. Old bulky vehicles often transmitted the force of the shock directly to the passengers as opposed to absorbing or deflecting the shock through smartly engineered crumple zones and such.

Also, note that a large percentage of the money spent on "Japanese" cars, ends up going to US workers, and often small "American" cars are made elsewhere.

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