Four-Cylinder, Six-Speed Powertrain Combination Adds Aura to the Saturn Brand

2009 Aura's 17" Twin-Spoke Alloy Wheels

Jim Robinson from the Mississauga News: General Motors is facing huge challenges from seeking financial assistance to looking at huge reductions in personnel. But what hasn't been talked about is how GM had actually been turning things around. Four years ago, the General started out on a 10-year plan and they were on target. And then the bottom fell out. GM has one of the largest selections of green and fuel-efficient vehicles in the world. From the all-electric Volt to the 2-mode hybrid trucks that are 32% more efficient in the city, GM is fielding a number of new offerings designed to change minds, and hopefully, perceptions. One of them is the 2009 Saturn Aura XR4 tested here. What it combines is all the luxury fittings of a Euro sporting sedan with the same degree of handling, but with much better fuel economy and with seriously less impact on the wallet.

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General Motors "Never Knew What to Do" with Saturn

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In an article about Saturn, NASDAQ reported that retailer Carl Galeana told the Detroit Free Press earlier this week that "GM has totally mismanaged this brand." He added, "if it's a failed brand, it's because GM never knew what to do with it."