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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Astra Has Starring Role in Movie 'Vantage Point'

Saturn fans, particularly those of the all-new Astra, may want to take trip to your local theater to see this week's top box office movie: Vantage Point. The Astra, which is sold under different GM brand names around the world, was reportedly featured in "long action car chase scenes," according to one Saturn fan who sent me a short synopsis after seeing the movie this past weekend.