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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Mike Morrissey, from the Saturn Communications Team equated Saturns to the popular advertising character, the Energizer Bunny, in a blog written on ImSaturn.com yesterday. Why you may ask? Saturn discovered through a research study conducted by R.L. Polk that 83% of all of the Saturns ever sold in the United States are still actively registered. You may remember that nearly two weeks ago Saturn celebrated the sale of their 4 millionth vehicle in Traverse City, Michigan: a black three door Astra. Of those 4 million vehicles, 3.3 million of them are still in use.