a Saturn Aura at the auto show
It's uses a hybrid drive train similar to that used in the
Saturn VUE hybrid. That uses a 2.4 liter Ecotec four cylinder engine.
Power is rated at 164 HP. A four speed automatic transmission is
This setup does not give the phenomenal, 40-50 mpg, gas mileage
figures of hybrid with a more sophisticated design. However, it has a
lower premium over a non-hybrid version. In the case of the Saturn
VUE, the hybrid version may pay for itself faster than better known
cars like the Prius.
It's encouraging to see GM bring out
additional hybrid models with relatively low price tags. And Saturn is
probably the perfect line
to do it with. Saturn is known for having no haggle pricing. All
dealers are supposed to charge the same price for each model. Some
people are probably turned off when they hear stories of popular
hybrids being marked up way over list price at dealers. This shouldn't
happen with Saturns.
While this model may not be quite as
popular as Toyota or Honda hybrids with environmentalists, the more hybrids
on the road, the better.