Its in-your-face colors already make the 2013 Chevrolet Spark hard to lose in a crowd. Now it will be even harder to get lost while driving the Spark and the Sonic, thanks to available GogoLink.
GogoLink is an embedded smartphone application that delivers full-function navigation – including live traffic updates – through the vehicles’ MyLink infotainment system. It was introduced today and is expected to be available in the fall. Consumers can test-drive GogoLink for themselves at a special kiosk in the Chevrolet exhibit the New York International Auto Show.
“GogoLink gives Spark and Sonic customers cloud-based navigation and live traffic alerts projected on the vehicle’s seven-inch, high-resolution touch screen for a great value,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars.
About 90 percent of expected Spark and Sonic buyers own smartphones, Landy said. “This technology is typically found on cars costing far more, but next-gen customers are accustomed to being connected. By using a smartphone app, Chevrolet found a smart and safe way to provide navigation.”
GogoLink navigation includes:
MyLink is standard on 1LT and 2LT versions of the Spark, as well as the Sonic LTZ and upcoming Sonic RS model. MyLink is available on Sonic LS and LT models. On Spark and Sonic, MyLink operates by integrating the owner’s compatible smartphone and stored media – via Bluetooth, plug-in outlet or USB – with the radio. This lets owners enjoy simple, safe and personalized connectivity while their smartphone is safely stowed.
MyLink is simple to use: The owner selects from options projected onto the touch screen: Audio, Pictures & Movies, Telephone, Smartphone Link and Settings. Each menu selection takes the user though a list of easy-to-select functions.
MyLink-equipped Spark and Sonic models will launch with two apps: Pandora internet radio and Stitcher Smart Radio. When owners with these services connect their compatible smartphones via Bluetooth or by plugging in, they can access these and other functions:
In addition to MyLink, Spark is equipped with 10 standard air bags, standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, and is the only car in its segment with a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and the safety and security of OnStar.
The performance-oriented 2013 Sonic RS will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. A five-door hatch, it’s the only model in its segment to offer a turbocharged engine – a 138-horsepower (103 kW) Ecotec 1.4L. Other performance attributes include a sport-tuned suspension and unique exterior and interior treatments. All other Sonic models are on sale.
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The Sonic had two, now three different engine choices. The third choice now includes an advanced six-speed automatic transmission. The new power can go from 0-60 in eight seconds and still has great fuel economy.
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Combined with the power of 4G LTE, OnStar is looking to take vehicle connectivity to a whole new level in the future with Skype, Twonky and others being demonstrated in a Chevrolet Volt research vehicle.
The conceptual in-car infotainment system, developed by OnStar in partnership with Verizon, provides access to the Cloud through the Verizon 4G LTE network and allows for direct access to streaming content from a home computer or via a popular streaming service.
The research vehicle has three different content ‘zones’; the driver can stream music, while rear passengers can control their entertainment from screens mounted on the headrests. With everyone in their ‘zone’ passengers can create the ride they are looking for, or share content with other passengers. It doesn’t come more custom, or cool than that.
Additionally, OnStar built on its work with Smart Grid technology to create an at home control system. The connection provides control of a home thermostat, lights, garage door and other systems through the in-vehicle energy management app.
While the applications shown in the Volt research vehicle are only conceptual, they demonstrate future opportunities powered by OnStar.
“These applications are just a glimpse of what is possible when you combine the cloud computing capabilities of OnStar and the power of the Verizon 4G LTE network,” said Nick Pudar, OnStar’s vice president of business development. “Moving forward we want to continue to provide a comprehensive suite of connected services and create a seamless and safe in-vehicle experience.”
Already today, OnStar® RemoteLink™ mobile application gives owners of select Chevy models the opportunity to access remote vehicle information and services from their phone. You can start your vehicle remotely, control the door locks, check the diagnostics and more from nearly anywhere – a totally connected world that puts you in control.
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Understanding the new fuel economy ratings for electric vehicles like the Volt can be a bit confusing. But don’t worry. We’ve created this video about the EPA ratings for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt to help you make sense of them.
Chevrolet returns to South by Southwest (SXSW), the interactive, film and music festival for a third year in a row, with free rides to the hottest venues, easy-to-use in-vehicle tech, a battle of graffiti artists and a multi-night music series.
“South by Southwest offers Chevrolet a unique opportunity to showcase the brand and its products through integrated activities that are designed to enhance the overall conference experience,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing and Strategy. “We are also able to learn a lot about trends in technology, film and music that we can then use in the development of new products like the Sonic compact car and MyLink in-vehicle infotainment system.”
Chevrolet will offer the following at SXSW:
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Since getting through the crowded festival may be tough, Chevrolet is again offering the complimentary “Catch-A-Chevy” shuttle service to festival-goers. A fleet of Chevrolet Cruze compact sedans and Equinox crossovers will provide continuous service, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., each day of the festival. Anyone attending the festival can hail a marked vehicle just like a taxi, or visit the “Catch-A-Chevy” stop outside of the Austin Convention Center on Trinity between 3rd and 4th streets. Also outside of the Austin Convention center, attendees can get behind the wheel for test drives of the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze, Camaro, Sonic, Corvette and new Malibu Eco.
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