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The Aura needs better wheels and piano black

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The generic, indistinct wheel design that debuted on the Aura XR is the one aspect that detracts from the production exterior's progressive overall appearance. I applaud GM for remaining so true to the concept's winning sheetmetal, but the wheels are unfitting of the design's otherwise athletic demeanor and hinder it's ability to stand out in an oversaturated market. Subsituting the wheels for a sportier (if still understated) alternative like those on the Sky or even the Outlook would accent the Aura's exterior far more effectively. The XR's current wheel design looks more suited to the XE trim, rather than the uplevel XR.

The Aura has what it takes to turn Saturn around. Don't allow something as frivolous as wheel options to cause it to blend in.

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In addition, the black plastic incorporated in and around the HVAC and stereo controls take away from an otherwise very nice interior design. The unattractive black plastic sticks out like a sore thumb and would look much better if the Piano Black finish from the Sky along with aluminum instead of the wood was implemented into the design.

An interior with a stunning Piano Black center stack would do wonders to set the Aura's interior apart from the pack.

In addition, the Outlook's interior would also be even better with the Piano Black finish on the center stack.

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AGREED!! The Aura would really benefit from this! Not only does it look much more upscale, but it would really help convince people that the Aura belongs on the same list as Camry and Accord.

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Strictly speaking, the plastic around the radio is a sort of graphyte, not black. I would also suggest that the weird ribbed plastic behind the gauges be changed to something more normal.

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I agree. The piano black trim is one of the things I really like about my future SKY's interior. I was disappointed that the AURA doesn't make use of this trim in it's interior design. And I would have loved to see toned-down versions of the AURA concept's wheels make it to production. The wheels pictured don't help the design at all. Please GM, make these changes and make them fast!

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I'd like to encourage relevant, well thought-out replies in response to this topic. The Aura is a remarkable effort from Saturn and GM. We hope the outlined changes are a feasible step toward maximizing it's potential in the crucial midsize market.

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Yes, sexier 5-spoke wheels, like the Sky's or the concept Aura's, would do wonders to the overall appearance of the exterior. Those bland multi-spoke wheels largely detract from it as they have no connection to the design and can be seen on many other cars. Also, a piano black treatment to the center stack would greatly increase the interior appearance. As it stands, the lower portion, that's surrounded with wood and containing the radio and HVAC controls, doesn't flow well with the upper portion very well. The greyish plastic just exaggerates that. A piano black finish, like the Sky's, as well as metal-like trim, is much more upscale looking.

Personally, I would also like to see projector-beam headlights in place of the average halogen-bulbed ones as well as larger, more shapely lower grill openings like the concept's. A redesigned center stack, that flows more like the Sky's, without the wood seperating it into an upper and lower portion would also be something I'd prefer. I'd like to also see an available Navagation system to be completely competitive with it's rivals.

Either way, just doing what little this thread suggests would do so much towards the Aura's overall attractiveness. They're quite simply and easy changes to implement.

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Mr. Lutz,

I would like you to sit in the Sky, look at the center stack, and notice how nice and quality it looks. Notice that you have a hard time finding the seems of the stereo inset and how nice the piano black finish looks.

Now, go sit in the Aura. Notice how, not only are the NON-integrated stereo and HVAC controls are the same damn drab gray plastic that GM LOVES to shove into its interiors, its surrounded, for God only knows what reason, by MORE ugly and cheap black plastic. Why? You, as in your INTERIOR DESIGNERS, can obviously MAKE interiors that are not only made of quality materials, but are also designed to send a message of quality, as the Sky HAS this exact thing.

Yet the Outlook and Aura do not.

As one of your most loyal and diehard fans, it truely breaks my heart that you design your cars to be 90% competitive. A 4spd auto in 2006? Non-integrated center stacks? Come on, Lutz! Look at the new Camry, look at the new Altima, look at the Avalon, the Tacoma, the Rav4, the TL, the G35, the Civic...THIS is your competition now. Not Ford, not Dodge, but Toyota, Honda and Nissan. And they are leaving you behind with every new vehicle they put on the market.

My email is thebrock18@hotmail.com and I would LOVE to hear from you on what GM is doing to become industry leading, not following.

Thank You,

Justin Brock aka, bowtie_dude

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Personally, I would also like to see projector-beam headlights in place of the average halogen-bulbed ones as well as larger, more shapely lower grill openings like the concept's. A redesigned center stack, that flows more like the Sky's, without the wood seperating it into an upper and lower portion would also be something I'd prefer. I'd like to also see an available Navagation system to be completely competitive with it's rivals.

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I agree. The Aura Radio/HVAC control area needs either a piano black finish or at least a color that matches the rest of the interior.

How much more expensive could it possibly be to add a different color to that area?

I really think it's time for GM to start designing it's own equipment for each vehicle it makes so everything matches.

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I totally Agree

The wheels make a big difference in the cars appearance. Someoneon this site did a chop using the Vue's wheels, and even they make the car look much more appealing.

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Mr. Lutz, I strongly recommend you consider having 5 or 6 spoke wheel designs for the XR instead of the current wheel design.

The Aura's interior is the very best of the Epsilons right now (although the Euro market BLS looks very nice too). The only thing that detracts from it is the HVAC/Stereo controls out of the GM parts bin. I really wish GM as a whole would start integrating there units like the Japanese makers do, because it makes the interior look so much morre complete. However it's probably too late to change the design of the Aura's interior, so if nothing else I think Piano Black should be an option for both the Sky and the Outlook (and every Cadillac). It gives a much better illusuion of integrated units, and looks far better.

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I'm with the consensus on this one. The wheels that the production Aura debuted with leave a lot to be desired. They do nothing but make it look like a run of the mill European sedan. This car needs a nice set of chrome five or six spokes wheels to really set off the design.

I'm not a big fan of the bodyside molding either, but a hair dryer and some Goo Gone will take care of that.

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The image of the Aura with those 5 spoke rims definitely enhance the look of the Aura's exterior. Five spoke rims for the XR trim will definitely make this an even better car. I agree with the suggestions for the piano black interior trim pieces as well. Also, I would also like to see projection headlights in the Auras lighting cluster. The multi-reflectors look kind of dated now, especially since many of the key players in the Aura's market segment now use them, even Hyundai and Toyota. These small changes can only make the Aura even better.

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The debut wheels are simply horrible.

I also suggest not offering wood with the saddle brown interior as that is simply too much brown for anyone's eyes.

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I agree.  The Aura Radio/HVAC control area needs either a piano black finish or at least a color that matches the rest of the interior. 

How much more expensive could it possibly be to add a different color to that area?

I really think it's time for GM to start designing it's own equipment for each vehicle it makes so everything matches.

Problem is, when they mean by "everything matches"... Let's see... Everyone gets a version of the HVV6 or 3800, and 4-speed Hydramatics.

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simply put, this thread is rife with gread ideas to make this good, competitive car meet the details it needs to cross the line between nicely done and homerun as far as details are concerned. The number one issue seperating the perception of GM from the competition is the fit and finish of everything. this is the number one issue that detracts a person who has just been in a honda from buying a GM vehicle. The suggested changes including piano black finish/better integrated radio units, better designed wheels, projector/halogen headlamps, AND a 2.4/5-spd combo are not just good advice, they are NECESSARY changes. Take heed GM.

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Give The Aura XR wheels similar in design to those of the VUE Redline, and save the ones from the Aura concept for the Aura Redline. Put the Piano Black finish on the radio/HVAC/bezel on the center stack, and take away some wood and replace it with some more metalic trim. Get rid if the ribbed surface around the gauges. Those are my only gripes. I wouldn't mind seeing the base powertrain being rethought, either. I'm not against pushrod engines, but not in a Saturn, who is going after people who nearly vomit at the idea of driving an OHV-powered car...especially one with only a four speed tranny.

As far as the Outlook, I believe they just need to give the Piano Black finish to the center stack. I really liked it in the Sky, and would love to see that trait spread through the Saturn line-up.

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I like these ideas so.....

Here is what the interior would look like with piano black and aluminum trim:

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That is why the concepts interior worked. The wood grain is aweful.

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I like these ideas so.....

Here is what the interior would look like with piano black and aluminum trim:

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definite definite improvement. the wood trim is bad and does not belong. the piano black would cover the entire faces of the radio and HVAC controls as croc mentioned.

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