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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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By Stig456 on 3/21/2007 3:11:49 PM , Rating: 2
I have read all your comments and it seems the best thing to do is to make as much of our cars electric as possible...except that to charge the cars batteries we will have to put more pressure on the power grid and they use coal and oil, so they have to switch to a different source of energy like wind, water and biofuel...except that there are not enough windfarms and dams to provide enough power for everyone in the world and the amount of land you need to cultivate for enough fuel for everyone would be astronomical. An alternative is hydrogen, but to get it from water you need power, which right now comes from oil etc: The only free way to get hydrogen is with nuclear power, which can supply the whole world with power... except that the environmentalists keep saying no and talk about a disaster in a RUSSIAN powerplant years ago that did not have to happen anyway, so we cannot use nuclear power. We cannot use anti-matter because that would be even more dangerous if it were feasible and we cannot yet get the He-3 from the moon, so what we need to do is...




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