2008 Saturn Aura

Overview

Introduced for the 2007 model year, the AURA enters 2008 with a new 4-cylinder engine alternative for your customers. What hasn’t changed is AURA’s responsive performance, European road manners and premium design cues making AURA a top contender for customers who are also considering an imported vehicle. The 2008 AURA is available in three trim levels: - Green Line. - XE. - XR.

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Top Ten Features

  • 1. Interior refinement AURA features a flowing, seamless interior design theme with premium materials, low-gloss finishes and tight tolerances. Rich color combinations and chrome accents convey contemporary style.
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  • 2. Sculpted, refined and sporty exterior design AURA features appealing proportions with a long wheelbase. A muscular shoulder line and pronounced wheel flares accent AURA’s strong stance and sporty character. A smooth, sweeping line that runs from the hood to the decklid casts a distinctive profile, while jewel-like headlamps and LED tail lamps convey refinement.
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  • 3. Dynamic driving character AURA features a rigid body structure for a sense of stability and road command. Its independent suspension system is designed for a smooth ride and great handling performance. Hydraulic ride bushings help provide a smooth ride and a responsive power steering system connects the driver to the road.
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  • 4. Quiet passenger cabin environment Many design factors, such as acoustic laminated windshield and front door glass, wind tunnel-tested rearview mirrors, acoustically engineered doors, the use of laminated steel and even the tires are tuned to help reduce interior noise for a comfortable, quiet ride.
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  • 5. Powerful, responsive engines AURA offers four distinct powertrain choices from a 4-cylinder, two V6s and even a hybrid to allow your customers to find the perfect model for their needs.
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  • 6. Safety features AURA includes several standard and available safety features such as a strong body frame-integrated structure with crush zones and extensive use of highstrength steel, six air bags, ABS, traction control, a Tire Pressure Monitor, StabiliTrak and OnStar. Plus, AURA achieves the top government crash ratings (5 stars) for frontal and side impacts.
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  • 7. Driver convenience features To help keep the driver comfortable, convenience features include power outside mirrors, power height adjustable driver seat with manual lumbar adjustment, a sliding armrest, a tilt/telescope steering column and steering wheel mounted controls for the DIC and cruise control. In addition, adjustable pedals, steering wheel mounted audio controls and heated seats are available.
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  • 8. Green Line The AURA Green Line features a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine and an electric motor generator to significantly increase fuel economy and reduce emissions.
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  • 9. Nine unique interior color/trim selections Several choices of interior material and color, as well as the ability to select different trim, allows customers to find an ideal combination to suit their needs.
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  • 10. Audio system options AURA’s outstanding standard audio system includes a CD/MP3 player, an auxiliary input jack and six speakers. Additionally, audio upgrades such as a 6-disc CD/MP3 changer, eight speakers with a 240-watt amplifier and rear-seataudio controls are available.
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Power & Handling

  • Ecotec 2.4L 4-cylinder engine Standard engine on XE and Green Line. Features all-aluminum construction for reduced weight, chain-driven camshafts for enhanced durability and cam phasers for both intake and exhaust valves for consistent output. The Green Line hybrid powertrain’s electric motor/ generator is capable of 115 lb.-ft. of auto-start torque that provides momentary acceleration assistance as needed. Also saves fuel by engine shut-off at idle, fuel cut-off during deceleration and the ability to capture electrical energy through regenerative braking.
  • 3.5L V6 VVT engine Available on AURA XE, this overhead valve engine features a cast iron block and aluminum cylinder heads. Variable Valve Timing (VVT) for both intake and exhaust valves optimizes performance and economy while helping to reduce emissions.
  • 3.6L V6 DOHC VVT engine Standard on XR, this engine features all aluminum construction, four valves per cylinder and four-cam phasing. Four-cam phasing ensures linear delivery of torque across the engine’s rpm band.
  • 4-speed automatic transmission Included with AURA XE and Green Line models. This transmission is electronically controlled for low noise, high durability and smooth shifting performance.
  • 6-speed automatic transmission Included on XR, this advanced unit includes clutch-to-clutch shift operation for reduced complexity and compact packaging.
  • TAPshift Included with XR’s 6-speed transmission, this feature combines the sporty feel of manual shifting with the convenience of an automatic transmission. It allows driver to manually shift through the transmission’s gears using specially placed steering wheel controls.
  • Exhaust system Stainless steel exhaust system provides a long life and includes a chrome exhaust tip for a distinctive appearance. XR features dual chrome exhaust tips.
  • Rigid architecture AURA’s solid foundation has a bending frequency on par with the world’s best midsize cars. Additionally, reinforcements are strategically placed in key areas of the architecture to enhance stiffness. This strong structure allows ride and handling attributes to be tuned to a high degree of precision since chassis flex is not a primary concern.
  • Independent front suspension MacPherson strut design features extensive use of aluminum for reduced weight and responsive handling. A direct-acting stabilizer bar helps reduce body roll.
  • Independent rear suspension Utilizes a 4-link design with coil springs and direct-acting stabilizer bar. XE and Green Line include twin-tube gas shocks, while XR features monotube shocks.
  • 4-wheel disc brakes Ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes help reduce heat build up for improved fade resistance. Standard 4-channel ABS prevents wheel lockup during hard braking. Dynamic Rear Proportioning (DRP) helps improve stability and braking during cornering from the use of independent brake control. DRP also varies the use of the rear brakes as vehicle loading changes forconsistent braking performance.
  • Traction control Uses brake and engine torque intervention to enhance traction during launch and acceleration on all types of road surfaces. Standard on XE 4-cylinder.
  • StabiliTrak Provides outstanding safety and control benefits by automatically correcting oversteer and understeer conditions to help the driver keep the vehicle traveling in the direction being steered. Standard on Green Line, XE V6 and XR.
  • Hydraulic-assist power steering Standard on XE V6 and XR, this steering system is tuned for responsiveness, good on-center feel and excellent driver feedback.
  • Electric Power Steering Standard on XE 4-cylinder and Green Line, this steering system uses an electric motor (rather than engine power) for the power steering system for enhanced fuel efficiency.
  • Wheels. Green Line: Standard 16" 5-spoke machined alloy. XE. Standard 17" fascia spoke with 5-spoke trim. Available 17" 5-spoke chrome wheel cover. Available 17" twin-spoke machined alloy on XE V6 only. XR: Standard 18" multi-spoke ultra-bright alloy.

Comfort And Convenience

  • Advanced Audio Package (PCU) Includes 6-disc, in-dash CD/MP3 changer, rear-seat audio controls and the Saturn Advanced Audio System (eight premium speakers and a 240-watt amplifier). Standard on XR; available on XE.
  • Convenience Package (PDC) Includes Universal Home Remote, Remote Vehicle Starter System, inside autodimming mirror with compass display, outside heated power mirrors with driver-side auto-dimming, and heated driver and front passenger seats. Standard on XR; available on XE. Requires Preferred Package (PCM). Heated front seats included with Premium Trim Package (PCQ) when both are ordered.
  • Enhanced Convenience Package (PDD) Includes 6-way power front passenger seat adjuster and power-adjustable pedals. Available on XR and XE. Requires Preferred Package (PCM) and 3.5L V6 engine on XE.
  • Preferred Package (PCM) Includes 8-way power driver seat, steering wheel mounted audio controls, leatherwrapped steering wheel and leather-wrapped shift knob. Standard on XR; available on XE.
  • Premium Trim Package (PCQ) Includes leather-appointed seats, heated driver and front passenger seats. Available on XR and XE. Requires Preferred Package (PCM) and 3.5L V6 engine on XE.
  • Bold exterior design AURA’s European-influenced design features a distinctive profile with technical and premium design cues. Distinctive headlamps with a jewel-like appearance and a chrome grille bar with the integral Saturn logo provide Saturn family styling. LED tail lamps highlight the technical design cues.
  • Exterior paint colors Red Jewel Tintcoat (NEW, additional charge), Black Mist (NEW, additional charge), Deep Blue (NEW), Golden Cashmere, Cream White, Bronzed Pewter, Silver Pearl, Techno Gray and Ocean Mist.
  • LED tail lamps Add a technical design element. LED tail lamps also illuminate more quickly than conventional incandescent bulbs, which allows drivers to react sooner when they see brake lamps.
  • Remote Vehicle Starter System Allows drivers to remotely start the engine from up to 200' away using the key fob. Standard on XR; available on XE.
  • Refined interior Features premium materials with a lowgloss appearance. Tight tolerances throughout the cabin exhibit excellent fit and finish. LED lamps are used for ambient light projected from the overhead lamp and door pocket lamps for a rich, warm feeling in a darkened cabin.
  • Interior colors Gray and Tan are available on XE and Green Line. Black and Morocco Brown are available on XR. NEW for 2008, vehicles equipped with Morocco Brown also include the material on the door trim, steering wheel and shift knob.
  • Interior trim For added personalization, interior trim choices include either Silver Metallic or Woodgrain. See the Online Order Guide for restrictions.
  • Air conditioning Single-zone manual climate control is standard on XE. Single-zone automatic climate control is standard on XR and Green Line.
  • Center console Convenient large center console includes a padded sliding armrest, lined dual bin storage, 12-volt power outlet, two cup holders, a coin well and cell phone holder covered by a sliding tambour door.
  • Power features All AURAs include standard power windows with driver express-down and express-up, power exterior mirrors, power programmable door locks, Remote Keyless Entry and dual lit vanity mirrors.
  • Driver Information Center (DIC) This advanced, multilingual DIC includes dual trip odometers, and displays for fuel range, fuel economy, average speed, outside temperature, vehicle mileage and remaining oil life. Also features nine personalization options and 23 warning messages.
  • Seats All AURAs include front bucket seats with power driver height adjustment, driver manual lumbar control and adjustable head restraints. A 60/40 split folding rear seat with adjustable outboard head restraints is also standard. 8-way power driver seat - Standard on XR and available on XE and Green Line. 6-way power front passenger seat - Available on XE V6 and XR. Heated front seats Standard on XR and available on XE.
  • Steering column/pedals To help different-sized drivers find an ideal driving position, AURA features a tilt and telescopic steering column. Power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals are available on XE V6 and XR.
  • Steering wheel controls For enhanced convenience, all AURAs include steering wheel-mounted controls for the DIC and cruise control. Additional controls for the audio system are standard on XR and available on XE and Green Line.
  • Green Line Unique equipment found on Green Line includes hybrid instrumentation, an inflator kit instead of a spare tire and jack, a two-mode air conditioning system and Green Line and hybrid badging.
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3 AURA’s 6-speaker standard radio provides many features usually found on more expensive audio systems. In addition to high-mounted tweeters for enhanced clarity, this audio system features a digital clock, 36 station presets, speed-compensated volume, MP3 playback and an auxiliary input jack to allow the connection of auxiliary audio players. Standard on XE and Green Line.
  • 6-disc, in-dash CD changer Includes all of the features of the standard radio and adds a 6-disc, in-dash CD changer. Standard on XR; available on XE.
  • Saturn Advanced Audio System Offers a more powerful audio system for your audiophile customers. Includes eight upgraded speakers and a powerful 240-watt amplifier. Standard on XR; available on XE.
  • Rear-seat audio controls Includes two sets of wireless headphones and earphone jacks. Standard on XR; available on XE.
  • XM Satellite Radio With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. Standard factory-installed equipment with three trial months for customers to experience XM. Subscription required after trial expiration.
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    • Engine
      Horsepower @ rpm
      Torque (lb.-ft.) @ rpm
    • 2.4L I4, 169 @ 6,400, 160 @ 4,500
    • 2.4L I4, 177 @ 6,500, 161 @ 4,300
    • 2.4L I4, 158 @ 6,000, 161 @ 4,000
    • 2.4L I4, 164 @ 6,400, 159 @ 5,000
    • 2.4L I4, 147 @ 6,000, 138 @ 4,400
    • Fuel economy, city/hwy (mpg)
    • 22/30
    • 21/31
    • 21/31
    • 24/32
    • 33/34
    • Transmission
    • 4-speed auto.
    • 5-speed man.; 5-speed auto. (A)
    • 5-speed man. (I4); 5-speed auto. (A) (I4); 6-speed auto. (V6)
    • 4-speed auto.
    • CVT
    • Front suspension
    • MacPherson strut
    • Double-wishbone
    • MacPherson strut
    • MacPherson strut
    • MacPherson strut
    • Rear suspension
    • 4-link
    • Multi-link
    • MacPherson strut
    • 4-link
    • MacPherson strut
    • Drivetrain
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • Steering
    • Electric rack-and-pinion (I4); Hydraulic rack-and-pinion (V6)
    • Hydraulic variable gear ratio rack-and-pinion
    • Hydraulic rack-and-pinion w/ variable assist
    • Electric rack-and-pinion
    • Electric rack-and-pinion w/ variable assist
    • Brakes
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • 4-wheel disc w/ ABS
    • Wheels
    • 17" steel; 17" chrome wheel cover (A) (I4); 17" alloy (A) (V6)
    • 16" steel
    • 16" steel; 16" alloy (A)
    • 16" alloy (A)
    • 16" steel; 16" alloy (A)
    • Tires
    • P225/50R17 touring
    • P215/60R16 all-season
    • P215/60R16 all-season
    • P215/60R16 touring
    • P215/60R16 all-season
    • Overall length (in.)
    • 190.9
    • 194.1
    • 189.2
    • 190.9
    • 189.2
    • Overall width (in.)
    • 70.3
    • 72.7
    • 71.7
    • 70.3
    • 71.7
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 112.3
    • 110.2
    • 109.3
    • 112.3
    • 109.3
    • Track, front/rear (in.)
    • 59.9/60.3
    • 62.6/62.6
    • 62.0/61.6
    • 59.9/60.3
    • 62.0/61.6
    • Power driver seat
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Power front passenger seat
    • A (V6)
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Leather-appointed seats
    • A (V6)
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • Heated front seats
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • Automatic climate control
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • S (Dual-zone)
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Remote Vehicle Starter System
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Driver Information Center
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Power-adjustable pedals
    • A (V6)
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Tilt and telescoping steering column
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Universal Home Remote
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • Automatic headlamps
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
    • A
    • -
    • A (Automatic trans. only)
    • -
    • A
    • Auto-dimming driver side mirror
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Heated outside mirrors
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • Sunroof
    • A
    • -
    • A
    • A
    • A
    • CD/MP3 player
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Auxiliary input jack
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Satellite radio
    • S
    • -
    • A
    • S
    • A
    • Rear-seat audio controls
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Navigation
    • A (OnStar Turn-by-Turn)
    • -
    • -
    • A (OnStar Turn-by-Turn)
    • A
    • Trunk volume (cu. ft.)
    • 14.9
    • 14.0
    • 15.0
    • 13.1
    • 10.6
    • Max. seating capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Head room, front/rear (in.) (w/o sunroof)
    • 39.4/37.4
    • 41.4/38.5
    • 38.8/37.8
    • 39.4/37.4
    • 38.8/37.8
    • Head room, front/rear (in.) (w/ sunroof)
    • 39.4/37.4
    • -
    • 37.9/37.4
    • 39.4/37.4
    • 37.9/37.4
    • Leg room, front/rear (in.)
    • 42.2/37.6
    • 42.5/37.2
    • 41.7/38.3
    • 42.2/37.6
    • 41.7/38.3
    • Shoulder room, front/rear (in.)
    • 55.9/54.0
    • 58.2/56.4
    • 57.8/56.9
    • 55.9/54.0
    • 57.8/56.9
    • Hip room, front/rear (in.)
    • 53.0/52.2
    • 56.6/54.3
    • 54.6/53.9
    • 53.0/52.2
    • 54.6/53.9
    • Bumper-to-bumper warranty
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • Powertrain warranty
    • 5/100,000
    • 5/60,000
    • 5/60,000
    • 5/100,000
    • 5/60,000
    • Roadside assistance and courtesy transportation
    • 5/100,000
    • -
    • -
    • 5/100,000
    • -
    • Corrosion warranty
    • 6/100,000
    • 5/unlimited
    • 5/unlimited
    • 6/100,000
    • 5/unlimited
    • Hybrid components warranty
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • 8/100,000
    • -
    • Vehicle Exchange Program
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Oil Life System
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • OnStar
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Front passenger sensing system
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Dual-stage frontal air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Seat-mounted side-impact air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Head-curtain side-impact air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Stability control
    • S (V6)
    • S
    • A
    • S
    • S
    • Traction control
    • S
    • S
    • A
    • S
    • S
    • Tire Pressure Monitor
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S

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