Aura

First Drive: Saturn Aura and HCCI

Benjamin Jones from EcoGeek recently had an opportunity to drive a Saturn Aura prototype equipped with a GM 2.4L Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) powerplant. Read his thoughts about how the new fuel-efficient technology works from a driver's perspective.

'09 Saturn Start of Production Dates

General Motors' Canadian Fleet and Commercial website has published a tentative schedule reflecting the company's planned changeover to 2009 models. The start of production dates for all Saturn models, except the Astra compact hatchback, have been listed. Build dates for the '09 Saturn Astra are unknown at this time, but they will be posted when they become available.

More Six-Speed Automatics Coming as GM Announces Plan to Close 4-Speed Transmission Plant

Following discussions during ongoing contract bargaining with the CAW, General Motors of Canada recently announced the Windsor Transmission plant will cease operation in the second quarter of 2010. This is when current 4-speed front wheel drive transmission production mandates are completed.

Saturn has Sharp Cars, Low Profile

Saturn's Matt Armstrong recently talked to the Detroit Free Press about the progress the brand is making with its revitalization efforts. "Just a year ago, the top three reasons peopled picked a Saturn were value, fuel economy and the price or monthly payment," he told the newspaper. "Now they are exterior styling, value and fuel economy. That shows that people appreciate our new products. They're coming in because of the products, not because of the payment."

C&D Looks at the 2010 Saturn Aura and Opel Insignia

Opel Insignia

Car and Driver takes a look at the new Opel Insignia (pictured) and Saturn Aura and discusses how the two models will lay the groundwork for a new lineup of General Motors midsize vehicles around the world. "The Opel Insignia will appear at European dealerships in late November or early December," said the magazine. "We expect the new Aura to debut as a 2010 model."

Opel Insignia Hatchback Spied During Testing

Leftlane News has spy photos of the upcoming Opel Insignia hatchback, which is expected to be unveiled this summer in London. While the Insignia sedan will be built in the U.S. and sold in North America as the Saturn Aura, industry analysts don't expect this model to make its way onto our shores, but that doesn't mean it won't happen.

Turbo Four-Cylinder to be Offered in Future Aura?

Late last month Leftlane News published spy photos of the next-generation Buick LaCrosse, which will be built on the same GM global midsize architecture as the 2010 Saturn Aura. What made the camouflaged photos unique was not necessarily the photos themselves, but the powertrain reportedly being tested under the hood of the car: the Saturn Sky Red Line's 260hp 2.0L turbocharged I4.

Aura Concept Demonstrates GM's Fuel Saving HCCI Engine Technology

Saturn Aura HCCI Concept Vehicle

General Motors recently demonstrated its progress on developing a future advanced engine technology for consumers that squeezes more miles per gallon of gas and reduces emissions. GM engineers have brought the advanced combustion technology from the laboratory to the test track and, now, to the highway in a driveable concept vehicle - a Saturn Aura equipped with homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI).

UAW Strike Hits Saturn Aura Plant

Workers at General Motors' Fairfax plant where the Saturn Aura and Chevrolet Malibu went on strike this morning because of a breakdown in discussions about local plant issues. "We are obviously disappointed that UAW Local 31 took strike action at Fairfax Assembly," says Dan Flores, a spokesman for GM told USA Today.

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Clarification: GM 2009 Price Increases

Earlier this week, Mark LaNeve, General Motors vice president of vehicle sales, service, and marketing told GM dealers, Saturn retailers, and the media about a new 0% promotion, the company's evolving production plans, and a 3.5% price increase.