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.
quote: Would that be why so many American made cars are success stories outside the US... and why Toyota is the worlds biggest car manufacturer?
quote: Pretty much wverything on the other cars is correctly sized. Typical US cars that I have experienced are too heavy to match up for efficiency, not a slight against the people that build them, but the designers who design them. But, I suppose a different culture equals different considerations.
quote: The references to Japan are beneath contempt and barely worthy of a response.
quote: So because Dell sells more computers than anybody else and is bigger, that makes them better than Alienware(i know there the same company now)
quote: I'd say they are for durability. And your saying that japs are smaller, so there cars are to. LOL Very true.Thats why they should stay in Japan!!
quote: My reference to japan as in factual history? Do you not accept what happened?