GM to Introduce Saturn Aura Hybrid in 2007

The Aura Green Line will be what some auto observers call a 'mild hybrid,' which has a smaller battery pack than a full-hybrid vehicle such as the Escape and Mariner.

Published: 21-Oct-2006

General Motors Corp.’s Fairfax plant next week will begin making the new Saturn Aura sedan’s hybrid version before they go on sale early next year, a union official said Thursday.

John Melton, bargaining chairman of United Auto Workers Local 31, said employees would begin producing about five hybrids a week, cars that will be road-tested before GM begins making them for public sale next year.

Mike Morrissey, a Saturn spokesman, said the Aura Green Line would be in production and in dealer showrooms by the spring of 2007.


The bottom line: A comfortable but not flashy SUV with the benefit of great gas mileage thanks to Toyota's hybrid power plant.

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