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A car produced by Saturn from 2007-2010.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Saturn Aura page on 13 January 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Saturn Aura is a midsize family sedan that was produced by Saturn. It debuted as a concept car at the North American International Auto Show in January 2005. The production model of the AURA was shown at the 2006 New York Auto Show in April, with production commencing in North America in the summer of 2006 for the 2007 model year. The Aura replaced the Saturn L-Series, which was discontinued after the 2005 model year. Although Saturn had never intended to use the Aura name for the production vehicle, the name ended up sticking as a result of the popularity of the concept.

The Aura was considered an important model for both Saturn and General Motors. It was part of a product rejuvenation for Saturn intended to make the brand profitable as well as competitive with European imports. Reaction to the Aura was positive, both in terms of reviews and sales. The Saturn Aura was the 2007 North American Car of the Year.

The concept used a 252 hp (186 kW) 3.6 L V6 and a new 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission. That powertrain was offered in the production model known as the XR. Also introduced was the 3.5 L V6 with 219 hp (163 kW), down from 224 in 2007 in the XE, and the hybrid 164 hp (122 kW) 2.4 L inline-4, down from 170 hp (127 kW), in the Greenline. The Aura, developed on the GM Epsilon platform, was available only as a sedan and was built at the Kansas City, Kansas, Fairfax Assembly plant.

This vehicle was discontinued after the 2010 model year as a direct result of the Saturn division being terminated for that same year. It was later revealed that a second-generation model based on the Vectra's replacement, the Insignia, was due to be released. However, with the discontinuation of the Saturn marque, the Insignia was offered to Buick, who released it as the fifth-generation Buick Regal. The Saturn AURA was later replaced by the then-new redesigned 2011 Buick Regal, and the then-new redesigned 2010 Buick LaCrosse.


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
15 February 20072007 Saturn Aura XR Bids for Mid-Size Sedan Segment Supremacy, TheAnthony Fontanelle
21 March 2007GM To Sell The Cheapest Hybrid To Challenge ToyotaAnthony Fontanelle
24 March 2007Saturn Makes Hybrid Technology More AccessibleAnthony Fontanelle
30 May 2007Saturn With A European Touch, TheAnthony Fontanelle
13 June 2007Aura To Take On Camry and AccordAnthony Fontanelle
16 June 2007Green Line, Aura's Hybrid Version, TheAnthony Fontanelle
19 June 2007North American Car of the Year's Hybrid VersionAnthony Fontanelle
22 June 2007Saturn Aura, A Must See VehicleAnthony Fontanelle
29 June 2007Lowest Priced Aura, TheAnthony Fontanelle
18 July 2007Saturn Aura Marketing Gambit Pulls More SalesAnthony Fontanelle
13 August 2007Saturn's Gamble Made Aura A Hot SellerAnthony Fontanelle
3 September 2013NHTSA Safety Complaint: 2007 Saturn Auraanonymous


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
13 September 2006Safety Compliance Testing for FMVSS 214: Side Impact Protection (Indicant)
2007 Saturn Aura 4-Door Sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 8.8MB - 121 pages
July 2008Calspan On-Site Certified Advanced 208-Compliant Vehicle Crash Investigation
Vehicle: 2008 Saturn Aura
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 212KB - 21 pages
18 September 2012NHTSA Recall 12V460000
2008-2010 Chevrolet Malibu, 2008-2010 Pontiac G6, 2007-2010 Saturn Aura
Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Gear Position Indication (PRNDL)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
18 September 2012To: Nancy Lewis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
From: Carmen Benavides, General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 1.4MB - 3 pages
20 September 2012The Transmission Shift Cable May Detach
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
To: Carmen Benavides, General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 50KB - 2 pages
December 2012Recall Bulletin: Shift Lever Indicator May Not Display Correct Gear
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 461KB - 9 pages
2013Safety Recall Notice: Automatic Transmission Shift Cable
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 131KB - 1 page
January 2013Recall Bulletin: Shift Lever Indicator May Not Display Correct Gear
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 502KB - 10 pages
January 2013Recall Bulletin: Shift Lever Indicator May Not Display Correct Gear
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 503KB - 10 pages
23 January 2013Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 123KB - 3 pages
25 April 2013Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 54KB - 3 pages
May 2013Recall Bulletin: Shift Lever Indicator May Not Display Correct Gear
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 1.1MB - 12 pages
23 July 2013Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 76KB - 4 pages
22 October 2013Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 153KB - 4 pages
24 January 2014Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 75KB - 4 pages
25 April 2014Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 161KB - 4 pages
25 July 2014Quarterly Recall Progress Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 85KB - 4 pages
December 2014Representative Letter
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 179KB - 3 pages
10 December 2014Recall Quarterly Report
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 28KB - 1 page
February 2015Recall Bulletin: Shift Lever Indicator May Not Display Correct Gear
General Motors LLC
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 557KB - 12 pages
24 February 201512106D – Safety Recall: Shift Lever Indicator May Not Display Correct Gear, Revised Part Information Section
To: All GM Dealers
From: GM Customer Care and Aftersales
NHTSA Recall 12V460000

PDF
- 3KB - 1 page


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