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March 21, 2007

GM Introduces the 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line Hybrid

The Saturn division of General Motors Corporation (GM) started selling a mid-size sedan hybrid, the 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line, on March 19th. The company is promoting the vehicle as the lowest-priced hybrid on the market, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $22,695. According to Saturn, the vehicle is now rolling off the assembly line at the General Motors Fairfax Plant in Kansas City, Kansas, and is starting to arrive at Saturn dealers. The new hybrid mates an electric motor and generator to a 2.4-liter engine to achieve an estimated fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which represents an improvement of up to 30 percent relative to the non-hybrid Aura XE. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced on Monday that the 2007 Saturn Aura Green Line is eligible for a tax credit of $1,300. See the March 19th press releases from GM and the IRS and see the Aura Green Line on the Saturn "Future Vehicles" Web page.