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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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The future?
By Amiga500 on 3/20/2007 2:41:57 PM , Rating: 2
The new VW FSI units produce around 170 bhp from a 1.4 litre engine (on petrol), they make between 40 and 50 mpg (depending on urban/combined).

They also do 2.0 Tdi engines giving around 170 bhp, and gives nearly 50 mpg on the combined cycle (european).

Heck, my near 10 year old A4 gives 40+ mpg.

Basically, I don't see what there is to shout about when the hybrids are still drinking far more.

RE: The future?
By jak3676 on 3/20/2007 10:13:46 PM , Rating: 2
Those new VW FSI engines are nice. Turbo + Supercharger = great! I just wish we could get them in the US. If we ever do I may have some competetion for my TDI (diesel), but until then, I'll be enjoying 50+ MPG on my current Jetta.

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