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Sweep the Leg: GM's Silverado, Aura Nab NACTOY

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The General's likely got its party bus on call and decked out with Cristal, tequila shooters and the phone numbers of local talent (and their "representatives") on speed dial. The company made quick work of the 2007 North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, this morning, accepting awards for the Saturn Aura and Chevrolet Silverado. Among the cabal of journos who voted, the Aura edged out the Honda Fit and Toyota Camry, while the Silverado opened a carafe of bootstomp on the Mazda CX-7 and Ford Edge. The results were kept in "a mayonnaise jar on the front porch of Funk and Wagnalls until noon today, at which time Ed McMahon took a long pull on a bottle of Jim Beam and exclaimed, Hiho!

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I don't know much about the Silverado but the Aura is a hellava car on paper. 20k gets you a 20/29 mpg 3.5 224hp V6, and for 4 grand more you get a 20/28mpg 3.6 252hp V6 capable of 0-60 in 6.7 and 6 speed auto with shifting paddles on the steering wheel. That's faster than the '90s 5.7 LT1 V8 Impala SS, and that's was a performance sedan, and a 6 speed auto with shifting paddles is virtually unheard of in vehicles so cheap.