Derrick got a peek
at the new Saturn Aura
hybrid at the NextFest a few weeks ago, and for those of you interested in GM's
latest mild hybrid
, the good news is that production on the test vehicles will start this week
and the cars should be available early next year. GM's plant in Fairfax, Kansas will begin making five hybrid Aura
Green Lines a week for testing. There's not a whole lot of numbers out about the Aura hybrid, but we do know that standards Auras get 20 mpg in the city and 28 or 29 on the highway, and the hybrid version is expected to get about 10 to 15 percent better mileage. Price for the Aura Green Line has also not been announced.
The Ford Motor Co
. plant in nearby Claycomo makes the hybrid Ford
Escape-Mercury Mariner sport-utility vehicle. GM's next hybrid should be the Chevrolet Malibu
, also coming next year.
[Source: Kansas City Star]