2009 Saturn Aura Fuel Economy Figures Revealed

Saturn teased fans with a riddle late last month on it's ImSaturn.com social networking site about how in 2009, 4x6 would equal 33. If you're still trying to figure out what all that means, you can stop guessing. In a message posted earlier this week, the brand explained its "unconventional" math, and it congratulated those of you who correctly decoded their cryptic message.

The 2009 Saturn Aura will feature a four-cylinder engine, combined with a new six-speed automatic transmission, giving the vehicle a highway fuel economy rating of 33 miles per gallon (4 cylinders x 6 speeds = 33 mpg). That's an increase of three miles per gallon from 2008 and the best highway fuel economy rating of any non-hybrid midsize sedan. The Aura's city fuel economy is also impressive at 22 mpg. This efficient four-cylinder/six-speed combo will now be standard on both the Aura XE and XR models. That means you can get the segment-leading fuel economy along with the high content of the XR model. (We're dropping the 3.5 V6 XE, but we still offer 3.6 V6 on the XR model.) We are also proud to announce that the 2009 Saturn Aura hybrid also gets a significant boost in fuel economy. The new EPA ratings are 26 mpg on the city and 34 mpg on the highway, up from 24/32 in 2008. The Aura hybrid retains its 2.4 liter engine and modified four-speed transmission.

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Jalopnik.com reports General Motors will auction off a number of vehicles from its vaunted Heritage Center museum collection in an effort to raise cash to help offset the huge losses the company is faced with due to the global financial crisis. There are about 1000 vehicles of historical significance in storage that GM uses for the displays at the museum, but only about 150 to 200 of those vehicles can be featured at one time. On the list of vehicles to be auctioned are several notable Saturns from the past. The website says they will be sold at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction held January 13-19 in Scottsdale, Arizona.