Aura Stands Out in a Crowd

Robert Kelley from the Colorado Springs Gazette recently drove a 2008 Saturn Aura. He not only liked its sophisticated, European styling, but also the Aura's interior layout and features. "The front seats are supportive and comfortable with optional heating for those cold morning commutes," he wrote. "Instrumentation, controls and knobs all clearly marked and easy to manipulate."

The Saturn Aura also gives buyers four engine choices. The four-cylinder XE has a 169 horsepower, 2.4-liter Ecotec engine. The six-cylinder XE has a 219 horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, and the more powerful XR boasts a 252 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6. Finally, for the environmentally conscious, the fuel-saving Green Line Hybrid has a 164-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine. Both XE models are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission, while the XR comes equipped with a TAPshift six-speed automatic transmission. The braking system on the Aura is magical, in part due to some very cool technology. The dynamic rear proportioning valves measure vehicle speed, load and direction to apply "perfect braking" to each wheel. That provides a smooth straight stop in less than perfect conditions. All Auras come standard with antilock, four-wheel disc brakes. XR models have StabiliTrak Stability control. All Auras come standard with independent MacPherson strut front suspensions, combined with the popular multi-link independent rear set-up. The system works well on the road.

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Now that General Motors has secured emergency financing via a loan from the U.S. Treasury, the company is putting its "complete focus" on meeting the requirements of the loan and developing a plan by the end of March that proves to the Government that it can evolve into a viable company, according to a story published Friday in Automotive News. The publication quoted GM COO Fritz Henderson as saying the company has still not made any decisions about Saturn, and that GM is still "evaluating our options."