The 2nd generation Aurora was Oldsmobile’s flagship luxury car powered by a twin-cam V8 derived from Cadillac’s Northstar, built specifically for the Aurora with a smaller bore size (a V6 was available in ’01 and ’02)
The Aurora was designed to attract all the affluent, quality-conscious baby boomers who would never before consider an Oldsmobile – it was the symbol of Oldsmobile’s future. Olds was so determined to shed its image problem that the “Oldsmobile” wording could hardly be found anywhere on the car (even missing from the Monroney label). The traditional “rocket” logo was absent as well
The Aurora was known for its build quality and structural rigidity. When subjected to testing, the unibody construction actually broke GM’s frame crusher. A more powerful, heavy-duty testing machine (one designed for truck frames) had to be used, as the Aurora’s bodyshell was twice as stiff as the federal standard for passenger vehicles
The Aurora’s stiff body was the result of GM’s determination to mimic the quality and feel of its German competition. Consumer focus groups revealed that buyers crave the solid construction of German cars, which “inspired confidence and security, giving the vehicles an opulent hush, isolating drivers from bumps and jolts.” GM’s engineering and design team concluded that this was the result of a rock-solid body structure
A rigid body generates a high frequency that cancels out lower-level vibrations (such as jitters, creaks, and rattles). When testing revealed that a Mercedes 300-Class produced the highest frequency of all the European imports @ 25 hertz, this became the benchmark for the Aurora. The resulting structure was so rigid that, when the time came for engineers to dissect and study a new Lexus LS400, the Aurora required very few (hardly any) improvements when compared side-by-side with the Lexus
Unfortunately, the Aurora was victim to bad timing – its 2nd gen debut was quickly overshadowed by GM’s statement that Oldsmobile would be slowly phased out over the following years. Naturally, very few people wanted to buy a car from a company that wouldn’t exist for much longer. Inevitably, the last Oldsmobile (an Alero sedan), rolled off the Lansing, Michigan assembly line on April 29, 2004 – the same city where the brand was born
Key Model Year Changes:
First year of the 2nd generation Aurora
The following year (2002) was the first year of the available voice-activated, CD-ROM based navigation system, linked with OnStar. First year of chrome exhaust tips
The V6 option is dropped mid-2002
Production of the Aurora ends in 2003
25k original miles
Cherry over Black
Single family owned. Purchased new by mother on Feb 23, 2001 at Cavender Chevrolet-Oldsmobile Boerne, TX
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