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The Changing Aura Concept

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I've noticed that GM has changed a few things in the Aura concept to make it closer to the production model. Here's the original concept, shown last winter, followed by the Aura on display at the SEMA show a couple of weeks ago:

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The differences are slight, but they're there. For instance, the original had a digital display at the top of the stack, which has been replaced with a basic airbag indicator light:

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Additionally, the genuine titanium accents on the instrument panel have been replaced with a gray plastic:

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As long as the interior does not drastically change, I won't have a problem with it. While the digital display was pretty cool, the interior doesn't loose much without it. The loss of the titanium accents is bad. It really cheapens the interior. How about some sort of aluminum or chrome? It's worth the extra $10 per car!
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The airbag light probably suggests that it's pretty close to the production interior. I've said this before, but I'm not impressed by the Subaru Forester design at all. I would have much preferred a more modern, Astra-like dash. Other than the showcar glitz and glamor, I don't find it any more attractive or distinctive than the Fusion's, Accord's, or even Altima's.
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As long as the interior does not drastically change, I won't have a problem with it.  While the digital display was pretty cool, the interior doesn't loose much without it.  The loss of the titanium accents is bad.  It really cheapens the interior.  How about some sort of aluminum or chrome?  It's worth the extra $10 per car!

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Putting something expensive like aerospace titanium in a volume production car is a huge waste and everyone knows it. However, low-reflectivity aluminum would've been nicer.
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some kind of alluminum would be better than the flat black. it's details like these that create an allure to the interior. In black it just cheapens the look and makes it a lot less distinctive.
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If you look closely the steering wheel is different as well. The new one looks closer to its siblings (i.e. G6 and Malibu SS)
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Here's something to consider...especially given the "stuck-in" look of the airbag light. Maybe the display unit is changing or some other minor change is occurring in that area so GM just put in a random part so there wasn't a big gaping hole there? It's happened before... And I think the AURA will get the piano black center stack upon intro...right? I'd wait until a later auto show to see the final production version. The new steering wheel is a plus, though.
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That airbag light is exactly the same one in my G6, but on the G6is placed much lower on the center stack. So this is now using stock parts so my guess is it is getting darm close. Yeah, the center of the steering wheel looks like it no longer lights up.
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Maybe its just me, but a lit steering wheel center is truly one of those pointless show car details that doesn't even make sense on a production car.
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Very little has changed on the interior.

For that much, I am grateful.

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Ditto. We all new Titanium wouldn't make it to production. What matters is that the car's dash is still great looking, and has not really shifted much from the original at all. I still love the that orange leather. I'd love to see that make it to production. Reminds me of Infiniti's (which I also like).
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I really wish that GM would start tell it's suppliers to change the color of the Radio and HVAC controls to match the color schemes of the interiors. It's a major gripe I have. They did it on the Cobalt but they can't do it on a mid-$20,000 to mid-$30,000 car? This is the same with the new Escalade. The only real gripe I have with the new Escalade is that the whole center console has this cheap looking black plastic radio that looks like it was jammed in there at the last second. If they at could at least put a coat of paint on the radios, the appearance of the interiors would be much more inviting.
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I knew titanium would have never made production, I'm not that stupid, but it's obvious something is lacking with the interior. This is the sort of thing that some have mentioned...watering down designs. The center stack with the metal around it (no matter what kind of metal) looks 100 times better than the one without. Details matter a lot more than you'd think.
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It doesn't even have to be metal. If they could pull off a faux aluminum finish on the plastic then I would be happy.
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I'm going to wait until the autoshow circuit to judge the interior. The radio doesn't even fit flush with the surrounding pieces, and that to me says that GM is not yet finished with it all.
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Croc... I forget which vehicle exactly, but that radio isn't flush in alot of vehicles its installed in. I think its the HHR or Impala... but I forget.
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But my point is that this is a 2008 vehicle, and it is particularly NOT flush. Plus, Saturns are supposed to get the piano black treatment which is CLEARLY not present in these pictures. Again, not quite the final product.
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the Aura show car interior design was a 'has been' to begin with. the only thing that made it glitzy for the auto shows was the baseball glove color leather seating, the metal trim accents (which appear to have been costed out as expected) and the ghetto interior lighting package. take away those show car bits, the large wheel arches and such and we are left with another sub-ordinary, pushrod equipped (in the base engine) GM sedan. One that happens to look on the outside a lot like an 'I can buy it now' Dodge Stratus. We've all seen the spy shots and its fairly obvious the production car will not have the stance, and 'aura' if you will...of the show car. that said, if the interior upgrades in the Aura are as nice as some of the revisions on the Vue interior, than, with leather, reasonable plastic, and the 3.6vvt and 6 speed auto..the Aura should be a very good sedan. Just not very distinctive. I agree, it should have more of an Opel Astra/Vectra interior. Edited by regfootball
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But my point is that this is a 2008 vehicle, and it is particularly NOT flush.  Plus, Saturns are supposed to get the piano black treatment which is CLEARLY not present in these pictures.  Again, not quite the final product.

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That better be the case because I'm sooo F'ING sick of the cheap ass black center stacks. If this is production, this is another sub-par effort from concept to reality.

Like others have said, they should have stuck with the Vectra interior.

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While the Vectra interior is more upscale, I can't say that I like it's design. It looks too busy.
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hmmm... i'm ok with losing the titanium, but i liked the little digital display. and i like the newer steering wheel, but i like how they kept the steering wheel design. (colors, leather, saturn symbol)
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I can tell you now that you DO NOT want that Opel radio / CD. It is a real POS to use and they have made it far too complicated - in fact the BMW i-drive is easier to use! The Europeans seem intent on making everything as 'tech' as possible. I just want a car that is easy to use - the Monaro / GTO radio is an example of good layout, although the speakers could be better and a i-pod jack installed.
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It's nice to get someone respond that's actually experienced the Vectra interior up-close. I have a question for you. Which do you like more: The Vectra's interior or the Aura's proposed interior?
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The Aura would be flying off the lots with that interior even if its exterior styling is watered down from the concept. I'm sure GM could simplify it a bit if it's hard to use like some have pointed out. Otherwise, there's no contest.
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While the Vectra interior is more upscale, I can't say that I like it's design.  It looks too busy.

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the squareness of the vectra interior reminds me of my old volvo.


but the aura is looking good. just dont make it cheap. im likeing it and would consider buying one Edited by Fah-King-Cool
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