About Oldsmobile Aurora
The Oldsmobile Aurora is a luxury sports sedan. It is manufactured and marketed by General Motors. GM developed the Oldsmobile Aurora to revitalize the Oldsmobile brand. It was based on Oldsmobile's 1989 Oldsmobile tubular car concept, powered by Cadillac's 4.6-liter Northstar V8 engine. Oldsmobile sales had dropped from 1,066,122 units in 1985 to 402,936 units in 1993. Its competitors offered similar products with better reputations for durability and reliability. The Oldsmobile Aurora had no Oldsmobile badge, just a radio with a cassette CD player and a hood. The Oldsmobile Aurora received a stylized letter A, foreshadowing similar changes to Oldsmobile's 1997 "rocket." The hatchback had an unsprung hardtop and self-supporting doors, unlike the final production version. The final production plan was approved in July 1989. And production began in 1992.
The Aurora was launched on January 24, 1994. And it went on sale in 1995. It was equipped with dual-zone automatic air conditioning, driver and passenger airbags, leather seats, walnut wood interior trim, and dual-memory power-adjustable front seats. The Oldsmobile Aurora was equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission with Normal and Power Shift modes for driver selection. General Motors' automotive division originally used a heavily modified 650-horsepower version of this engine in Indy Racing League and IMSA racing. In 2000, it was used in the Cadillac Northstar LMP program. Both engines had the same 4.0-liter displacement, but the Northstar LMP version had two turbochargers.
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In 1996, the passenger air temperature switches located on the right side of the center instrument panel were replaced with airflow switches. In 1997, the Aurora underwent minor changes. A new CD player was added to the Bose audio system. Another new feature is the folding right side mirror, which improves the visibility of nearby objects when driving in reverse. The bottom of the door handles has been slightly redesigned to prevent fingers from slipping when pulling them. The seat belt release buttons have been moved from the front to the lock head for ease of use. An electronic compass has been added to the rearview mirror. The front brakes, steering levers, and cast aluminum handles were widened. Minor changes were made to the brakes, suspension, steering, and exhaust controls for the 1998 model. A redesigned front suspension with hydraulic bushings for the front axle and ball joints for the rear axle provided a smoother ride and better isolation from noise and vibration.
Almost all of the changes introduced on the Oldsmobile Aurora in 1998 were aimed at improving the already appreciated suspension system. It was the last first-generation Aurora. Changes in 1999 included additional engine mounts to improve engine stability. Oldsmobile's original intention with the second generation was to improve its market position by retaining the pure V8 engine and sharing the chassis with the new Buick Riviera. The same things had been done with the original Aurora. It would have left more room in Oldsmobile's model lineup for the successor to the four-door Eighty-Eight. However, Buick abandoned plans to develop the Riviera. When Oldsmobile ran into financial difficulties, forcing the division to convert the Antares into the affordable car briefly. The result was a redesigned Oldsmobile Aurora. It still featured the 4.0 Northstar V8 engine and a 4T80-E automatic transmission. The new Aurora was designed as a luxury car.