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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 phusg on 3/21/2007 5:43:25 AM , Rating: 2
Listen, I'm not saying global warming (as also witnessed on other planets) is a bad thing. It's what enables us to live on this planet. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming

It's that we've enhanced this natural process to the point were the climate is starting to change rapidly.

> I'd like to know how a few million clean burning cars can have more of an impact on the environment than the several million acres of forest fires and volcanic eruptions that occur naturally every year.

In absolute terms they may not have. The point is that the Earth was pretty well balanced before we suddenly built >600 million cars and planes and started pouring the Earth's oil reserves into them. If you know the saying, "the straw that broke the camal's back" then you'll know what I'm trying to get at.

BTW a lot of forest fires are caused by discarded glass bottle fragments and cigarettes, and so not what I would call natural.


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