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CarGurus.com Reviews the 2009 Saturn Aura

R. Feeman from CarGurus.com recently profiled the 2009 Saturn Aura based on information from "multiple professional and user reviews available on the web." In addition to the Aura's "fuel economy, handling, smooth ride, and safety features," the website says that drivers "like the Aura's value, braking, handling, and appearance, both inside and out."

GM Employee Pricing Returns with a Twist

GM Employee Pricing Logo

If you missed your chance to buy a new Saturn before the "GM Employee Pricing" promotion that ended last month, the Detroit News reports that you have another week or so to take advantage of special vehicle pricing. This time, though, there's a catch. Customers will only be offered the discount who are in possession of a coupon authorization code provided by a GM employee.

2009 Saturn Aura Pricing (September 29, 2008)

These figures are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices for the 2009 Saturn Aura and do not include taxes, title, license fees, or optional equipment. Each retail facility is responsible for setting it's own selling price. Remember, Saturn may change prices, equipment, and specifications at any time without notice, so please check your retailer for the most up-to-date prices.

2009 Saturn Aura Brochure

2009 Saturn Aura Brochure

The big news for the Saturn Aura in 2009 is the car's best-in-class EPA-estimated 33 mile per gallon highway rating for non-hybrid models equipped with the 2.4L engine and smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission.

Saturn.com Updated with 2009 Model Information

Saturn has updated it's corporate website with the brand's 2009 model year information. Visitors are welcomed by an updated home page animation that encourage folks to "meet" their favorite Saturn model. You can build your own 2009 Saturn and take advantage of enhanced shopping and financing tools.

Good Gas Mileage, Capable Handling Make Saturn Aura "Worth a Look"

Mike Hanley from Cars.com recently took at look at the new-for-2009 2.4L version of the Saturn Aura XR midsize sedan. The Aura XR is still offered with a 3.6L V6, but the new 4-cylinder powerplant gives customers a more fuel efficient option. Regardless of the powerplant you choose you'll get GM's smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The "automatic's gearing is well-matched to the four-cylinder," he wrote.

Freep: Next Saturn Aura to be Offered as Sedan Only

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The Detroit Free Press reported in an article published last week that Saturn plans to offer only a sedan version of it's next-gen Aura midsize car. There was speculation that the upcoming Aura, which will be heavily based on the new Opel Insignia, would be offered in sedan, hatchback, and wagon versions.

Insignia Moves GM Forward, Will be the Basis for the Next Saturn Aura

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Julian Rendell from AutoWeek drove the new Opel Insignia and drew direct comparisons between his experience with the Insignia and what he expects from the next-generation Aura, which is due to arrive in a couple of years. While GM has said that the new Aura will have unique styling that will differentiate it from the Insignia, the two cars will be based on the same architecture and are expected to share chassis components.

2008 "ClapSaturn" Aura XE

2008 "ClapSaturn" Aura XE

I was fortunate enough to meet up with Al Clapsaddle, sales consultant at Saturn/West, earlier this week for breakfast during a brief stop in Columbus, Ohio. I had an opportunity to get an up close look at his newly-modified 2008 Aura midsize sedan. Over the years Al has enjoyed personalizing all of his Saturns, and his '08 Aura is no different.

Interstate Blogging in the Outlook

Scouring the web for the latest Saturn news, reviews, and rumors every day in the evening after work - while administering the SaturnFans Forums - usually keeps me pretty busy. So busy, unfortunately, that I don't spend as much time as I'd like posting my own personal Saturn-related stories and experiences.

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Lutz: Possible Phaseout of Saturn in the Works Well Before Congressional Review

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Detroit Free Press columnist Tom Walsh: Even the possible phaseout of GM's Saturn division, Lutz said, was in the works well before Congress demanded that GM produce a so-called viability plan by December 2 to show it can become self-sufficient and pay back its loans. Saturn has its best-reviewed product lineup in years, including the Aura sedan.