So the plan on what the US will receive for the next Aura is still in question. They screwed up twice so they have a chance to redeem their mistakes but Bob Lutz has indicated that the Aura will be redone for the US market.
Back in 2000 Saturn introduced its second model the LS soon to be known as L Series. This car was based on the Opel Vectra, which was introduced for 1996. So, Saturn started selling a car that was 4 years old when they introduced it.
It ends production during 2004, but its replacement does not arrive on the market until late 2006 as a 2007. But the Vectra was introduced in 2002 so this time it is 4 years old again when it was introduced.
A normal company would seek to consolidate resources and keep the Vectra and Aura as similar as possible. However they make the cars so different that there are very few similar parts. The Vectra has available navigation and it has a rear armrest. So why does the Aura not have these features and why is it on a wheelbase that is 7 inches longer. There are 3 vehicles on the LWB Epsilon architecture all for the same price and same features competing for the same customer. If it was on the SWB model then the Malibu could have been LWB since 04.
Now there are rumors that the new Insignia will not be brought over as the Aura. Did they no learn the last two times.
Maybe it is just the armchair CEOs that think this, but it still seems dumb.