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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: Underwhelming fuel economy
By exdeath on 3/20/2007 2:49:28 PM , Rating: 2
Cleaning up what mess? A car that makes 400 HP is just as clean as a car that makes 100 HP. It just consumes more fuel to make more power. And someone willing and able to pay for more fuel is not stopping you from getting any and has nothing to do with gas prices. You are free to buy as much as you want or an afford. (see 'cartel' and 'oligopoly' for explanation to rising prices)

Lets compare a Hummer (everyones favorite gas guzzler) and a Civic (everones favorite 'eco-responsible' car). I personally find Hummers tacky and tasteless as I find all trendy flashy things, esp. things glorified by hollywood. It's not for me. But I don't care if someone else wants one.

Environmental impacts:

Now for every 1 Hummer made there are probably 10 Civics. Those 10 Civics consume more gas than 1 Hummer. There are more Civics in the world than Hummers, so you could conclude that Civics are a greater threat to global warming than Hummers (if you believed in such a thing as global warming). Combine every Hummer, SUV, Corvette, Cobra, Viper, etc. in the world and compare total production numbers on the road to all 'economy' and 'fuel efficient' cars on the road. In terms of environmental effects and emissions produced, it would appear that a few thousand Hummers don't hold a candle to the millions of eco friendly gas sippers all over the world. You could say then, that 'more people driving causes more polution' in general and be correct. To single out a single type of car is probably because you drive a Geo and are pissed off that you got passed by a Hummer. A real solution, if one was needed, is no cars at all, and we all walk around in sandals made of seaweed, which is really what the environmentalist hippy types want in the end anyway. Argument done.

Responsibility and efficiency: (ie: converve gas by driving a hybrid type arguments)

But you could argue that its a waste, that you could transport 10 times as many people more responsibly in Civics with the same amount of gas as a single Hummer.
But for every Hummer or Civic there are a million people that don't drive at all, so its not like driving a Hummer is depriving someone of affording a car because Civics use less gas. Saying that we need to use less gas so there is more to go around when only a small percentage of the world actually drives cars is trying to meet some non existant need. It could also be called socialism, in that you want to regulate what someone else buys and consumes. How is 1 person driving a Hummer being less resourceful than 10 people that don't even have a car to put gas in? Argument done.

RE: Underwhelming fuel economy
By phusg on 3/21/2007 5:25:28 AM , Rating: 2
> Cleaning up what mess? A car that makes 400 HP is just as clean as a car that makes 100 HP. It just consumes more fuel to make more power.

?!? Burning the fuel (derived from oil) is what makes the mess in the atmosphere. Driving agressively i.e. using the power of the car more often consumes more fuel and so makes more 'mess' to clean up.

> And someone willing and able to pay for more fuel is not stopping you from getting any and has nothing to do with gas prices.

This isn't what I'm worried about. In fact I'd rather see higher gas prices so that we don't go through our limited and otherwise very useful oil reserves too quickly, putting a historically unprecidented strain on the Earth. No natural process has ever burned on the oil reserves on Earth in the short span of a couple of hundred years.

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