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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 Hoser McMoose on 3/20/2007 3:02:30 PM , Rating: 2
That's definitely part of it. For the two vehicles mentioned above, the 1990 Civic CRX HF had a curb weight of just shy of 2000lbs, while the 2007 Civic Hybrid has a curb weight of 2875lbs. However it's also no coincidence that both cars have similar fuel economy given that they both use 1.3L I4 engines.

Definitely bigger and heavier cars are pretty much always going to use more fuel then a smaller and lighter car, if all else is equal. And since 1980 cars ARE getting bigger. The 2007 Honda Civic is roughly the same size and weight as the 1990 Honda Accord and it's bigger then the 1980 Accord. Mind you, the OCCUPANTS of these cars are bigger too, which probably explains a lot. People are buying bigger cars now then they were 20-30 years ago because they need bigger cars (on average) to accommodate their extra bulk!


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