2009 Aura XR 2.4L is a Low Key, Nice Car

Chris Jackson from Car Data: The 2009 Saturn Aura quickly claimed the dubious honor of the year's "Most Difficult Car to Find in a Crowded Parking Lot" award. It seemed like every time I left a store, a five-minute search would ensue to locate the wine-red vehicle. It's not that the roads are choked with Auras, or even that the car's styling is particularly forgettable. It's just that the Aura is so darn quiet. Saturn's new midsize sedan doesn't shout. It flashed onto the scene as an all-new vehicle for 2008, as a part of Saturn's impressive resurgence, but that's just the big stick this car carries. The Aura is one of the smoothest and quietest cars I've ever been in, at idle. Oh, Bentleys and big Lexuses are good at isolating the outside noise, but the Aura was preternaturally quiet with the windows open. I actually checked to make sure I hadn't gotten a hybrid model that had shut the engine down while we were stopped; that's how quiet it was.

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Report: GM Wants $2.4 Billion in Canadian Aid for Next-Generation Buick Regal

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David Thomas from Cars.com Kicking Tires: If you think domestic automakers are only hitting up U.S. taxpayers for help, go north of the border. Canada's National Post newspaper reported today that General Motors is asking the Canadian government for $2.4 billion in aid. In exchange, it promises to bring a new Buick model — the Regal, which is already sold in China — to its Ontario plant for North American distribution. GM says it will position the Regal to compete with the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, but doesn't say what its new LaCrosse — set to debut in Detroit next month — will be positioned against.