2016 Malibu Technology Encourages Safe Driving for Teens

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Teens are more likely to be involved in fatal crashes nearly three times more often than drivers age 20 and older according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2016 Malibu aims to cut these numbers with a new system called Teen Driver. These 2016 Malibus with the Teen Driver system are set to hit Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis by the end of 2015.

“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids,” MaryAnn Beebe, GM safety engineer, said. “They can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits. As a mother of two, I know anything that has the potential of keeping one’s family safer is of great value to parents.”

How Teen Driver Works

Parents can keep an eye on their teen drivers even when they are not in the car with their children thanks to Teen Driver. According to Chevrolet, Teen Driver supports safe driving habits by muting the audio of the radio or any device paired with the vehicle when front seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts, and it gives audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling faster than preset speeds.

This built-in system is an industry-first and lets parents view on a display how their teenager drove the 2016 Malibu. To use Teen Driver, a parent needs to enable the feature by creating a PIN in the Settings menu of their available MyLink system. This then allows them to register their teen’s key fob. The system’s settings are turned on only to registered key fobs.

16 malibu report safe teen driving Jim Butler ChevyThe Teen Driver system can gauge on the following:

  • Distance driven
  • Maximum speed traveled
  • Over-speed warnings issued
  • Stability control events
  • Antilock brake events
  • Forward Collision Alerts (if equipped)
  • Forward Collision Braking events (if equipped)

Promoting Safe Teen Driving

If your 2016 Malibu has the following available safety features, Teen Driver can automatically turn them on and keep them from manually being turned off:

  • Stability Control
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Daytime Running Lamps / Automatic Light Control
  • Forward Collision Braking
  • Traction Control
  • Front Pedestrian Braking

16 malibu audio settings safe teen driving JBCTeen Driver is not a subscription-based service, so it remains with the vehicle permanently. The system will be standard on the Premier trim and optional on LT models of the 2016 Malibu if equipped with the Convenience Package and up-level radio. The 2016 Malibu is set to debut on April 1 at the New York International Auto Show.

Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton knows it’s not easy when your teenager takes the wheel for the first time, and we are excited for the 2016 Malibu’s latest technology. We always want to promote safe teen driving habits, and the 2016 Malibu wants to help out.

Your St. Louis Malibu source is Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton, MO! Whether you are waiting for the new model year to arrive at the end of 2015 or want a 2015 Malibu now, Jim Butler Chevrolet has you covered!

To learn more about the Chevy Malibu sedan, call us today at 888-640-6826 or view our new inventory at JimButlerChevrolet.com. As your St. Louis Chevrolet dealer, we invite you to check out the Malibu in person at our Fenton dealership. If you’re in the St. Louis, Arnold, Belleville or Chesterfield area, stop by our lot at 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton. Here at Jim Butler you can make your Malibu purchase with confidence. We are located in Fenton, Mo., and serve as your St. Louis, Chesterfield, Belleville, High Ridge and Arnold Chevrolet dealer.

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2016 Malibu Nearing Reveal Date at NY International Auto Show (VIDEO)

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Your St. Louis Chevy Malibu dealer is Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton, MO! Those who fell in love with the 2015 Malibu will fall once again for the redesigned 2016 Malibu.

Chevrolet has revealed more information about the newest model year sedan in preparation of its official reveal on April 1 at the New York International Auto Show.

The video shows the rigorous and extreme testing the new ’16 Malibu went through.

With the data found, GM engineers figured out the amount of damage that 150,000 miles worth of potholes and the like will inflict on a Malibu during its life. Chevrolet aims to continue the quality and reliability rankings the Malibu make has earned recently. J.D. Power named the Malibu its highest-rated midsize sedan in both its initial-quality study and three-year reliability study in 2014.

To learn more about the Chevy Malibu sedan, call us today at 888-640-6826 or view our new inventory at JimButlerChevrolet.com. As your St. Louis Chevrolet dealer, we invite you to check out the Malibu in person at our Fenton dealership. If you’re in the St. Louis, Arnold, Belleville or Chesterfield area, stop by our lot at 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton. Here at Jim Butler you can make your Malibu purchase with confidence. We are located in Fenton, Mo., and serve as your St. Louis, Chesterfield, Belleville, High Ridge and Arnold Chevrolet dealer.

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Hands-Free Texting Available in 2014 Malibu at Jim Butler Chevrolet

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With texting being the newest form of communication, Chevrolet has made it safer to “text” and drive with hands-free texting.  The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu at Jim Butler Chevrolet features this new technology to keep you connected but safe on the St. Louis streets.

The 2014 Chevy Malibu comes with the latest technologies including the new Text-to-Voice feature which converts incoming messages to speech that comes over the audio system speakers. The driver is then able to reply with a present message. The Text-to-Voice requires a smartphone with Bluetooth and text messaging features.

Other features include an Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine with stop/start technology. The 2014 Chevy Malibu gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway which is a 14percent improvement for city mileage and 6 percent for highway.

Come take a test drive today in the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Malibu at Jim Butler Chevrolet, the #1 Chevy dealer in St. Louis!

 

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The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu Coming to Jim Butler Chevrolet

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The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu will be making its way to Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis. With a few revised features, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is refined and ready to take on the streets in St. Louis.

The 2014 Chevy Malibu will still be offered in different trim levels including the 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ. The Malibu Eco will also be offered which comes in only one trim level, the 2SA.  A 259 hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will still be offered in the LT and LTZ. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for all Malibus.

A start-stop system comes standard on all 2.5L 2014 Chevy Malibu models making it the only midsize sedan to offer this technology as a standard. The 2014 Chevy Malibu has revised front end styling, more rear seat room, a new center console, and upgraded suspension tuning.  Fuel economy also improves by three mpg higher in the city and two mpg higher on the highway.

Get the 2014 Chevy Malibu from the number one Chevy dealer, Jim Butler Chevrolet and stay tuned to find out when it will arrive in St. Louis!

 

Source: motortrend.com

 

     

2013 Malibu’s Ride and Handling Challenges Segment’s Best

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Segment-best ride and handling was a fundamental element for dynamic engineers, as they calibrated the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu sedan for customers in 100 markets on six continents.

Benefiting from continuous refinement of an award-winning global architecture, the global development team matched the car’s resized proportions – including wider front and rear tracks – with more direct steering and advanced chassis control systems. Architecture refinements produced a Malibu with European-style precision and comfort tailored to North America’s diverse range of driving conditions.

“Our development team has been everywhere with the new Malibu, tuning the ride on rural backroads, suburban boulevards, urban freeways and just about every other type of road imaginable,” said Mark Moussa, global chief engineer. “The result is the most finely tuned Chevrolet midsize sedan ever, with controlled dynamics in all driving conditions.”

A roster of integrated elements enable the dynamics of Malibu’s driving experience, including:

A solid body structure as stiff as any in the global midsize sedan market, enabling more precise tuning and dynamic vehicle control
Proven and refined MacPherson strut front and four-link rear suspensions
Hydraulic ride bushings and isolated lower A-arms that enable a more quiet and refined ride
A premium rack-mounted electric power steering gear by ZF Steering Systems for smooth, precise responsiveness and greater on-center feel
Chassis control technologies include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, with full-function traction control, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist system and corner brake control
Large, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, which deliver a 134-foot (41 m) stopping distance from 60 mph with 17-inch wheels – or eight feet (2.4 m) shorter than the current Malibu with 17-inch wheels (142 feet / 43.2 m).
“Whatever the surface, you feel connected to the road in the new Malibu, while also being comfortably isolated from the imperfections and noise of the road,” said Moussa. “The feel behind the wheel is like that of premium sedans that cost thousands more, with a great feeling of control at highway speeds and excellent maneuverability at low speeds.”

All 2013 Malibu models feature mass-reducing parts and systems designed to reduce the overall weight and optimize fuel economy. Examples include:

Aluminum hood
Aluminum rear suspension knuckles
Aluminum rear bumper beam
Single-exhaust system
Laminated front side window glass
Dissipative dash mat
Dissipative carpeting
Tire inflator kit (in place of spare tire) – standard on Malibu Eco
Body structure optimization.
Collectively, the lightweight parts and systems represent about 130 pounds (58 kg) in weight savings.

Strong structure and new proportions

Malibu ’s greater feeling of control starts with the body-frame integral foundation. The body structure is 20-percent stiffer than the model it replaces, which translates to a more solid feel for passengers as well as enabling more precise calibration of the suspension and chassis components. More precise suspension tuning supports the car’s increased feeling of control.

The stiff body structure is composed of about 65 percent high-strength steel and ultra-high-strength steel. A finite element model computer program was used during development to ensure the optimal shape and forms of the steel, thereby eliminating unnecessary material that would add weight and detract from the Malibu’s overall ride and handling performance – and affect fuel efficiency.

Integrated within that stiffer body structure are new proportions that provide a wider stance. Compared to the outgoing model, the 2013 Malibu’s 107.8-inch (2,738 mm) wheelbase is 4.5 inches (114 mm) shorter, but with front and rear tracks – 62 inches each (1,574 mm) – that are 2.5 inches (63 mm) wider in front and 2.0 inches (51 mm) wider in the rear, which helps the Malibu feel more planted in turns.

Dual paths and four links

The benefit of experience with the Malibu’s architecture helped engineers dial in a greater degree of control through the front and rear suspensions. They are composed of a compact, low-mass strut design in the front and a multi-link design in the rear with a higher degree of tuning and the incorporation of premium features. Highlights include:

MacPherson-strut front suspension with dual-path mountings , which separates the transfer of spring damper loads to the body to a smoother-feeling ride and an enhanced feeling of control.
Side-load-compensated strut modules are designed to reduce the sliding friction caused by the bending load on the strut that is common in most suspension geometries, for more precise suspension tuning. This configuration also enabled the front wheels to be moved farther out to enhance stability.
Aluminum steering knuckle/strut carriers and control arms are used to minimize un-sprung weight, optimize weight distribution throughout the front suspension and intended to foster a more nimble driving feel.
A direct-acting front stabilizer bar enables a more direct and immediate feeling to steering inputs. It is mounted to the rear portion of the engine cradle, with each end of the bar connected to the front struts. This hollow bar is also lighter than a solid bar.
Isolated lower A-arms , with integrated ball joints, are attached via two mounting points on a sub-frame that, in turn, is mounted with four isolators to the body structure. This provides a firmer foundation for the A-arms, which helps engineers tune the suspension more precisely, while also reducing noise and vibration that could be transmitted to the interior.
Hydraulic ride bushings in the front control arms deliver a higher degree of ride isolation, quieter performance and more controlled transfer of road inputs.
A four-link rear suspension intended to contribute to the car’s controlled feel, with a direct-acting performance and precise calibration, thanks to its mounting directly to the stuff body structure. The four links include an upper camber link, two lower links and a trailing link. The suspension also features a hollow-section stabilizer bar.
A family of 16 -, 17-, 18- and 19-inch five-spoke wheels and tires is matched with suspension tuning specific to each wheel size intended to optimize ride and handling. The Malibu Eco features 17-inch aluminum wheels matched with low-rolling-resistance tires.
Electrifying steering

Another element of Malibu’s greater feeling of control is the integration of rack-mounted electric power steering technology on all Malibu models. It is a dual-pinion system – one for steering and the other to move the rack –designed to deliver excellent response and on-center characteristics. It also helps save fuel because engine power isn’t required to turn it, as is the case with conventional hydraulic systems.

A premium steering gear by ZF Steering Systems is used on the Malibu. It is known for torsional stiffness and lower operating friction, which is intended to enhance the steering feel with almost perfect linear response. Additionally, the steering column and intermediate shaft feature stiff, direct-acting and low-friction ball bearing designs. That means there is almost no “lash” in the entire steering system, which should translate to a more immediate and connected-to-the-road feel for the driver.

Variable-effort steering is offered on the Malibu. It increases the level of power assistance during low-speed maneuvers, such as parking, and decreases at higher speeds.

Confident chassis control systems

A collection of electronically controlled chassis systems is designed to enhance overall ride and handling qualities and help make for a safer journey. All are part of the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, which also incorporates full-function traction control. This progressive system reacts indiscernibly for the driver and continually adjusts to accommodate the driving situation. In most driving situations, it enhances the feeling of control without the driver knowing it.

When a situation arises that requires a higher level of electronic intervention – signaled by inputs detected by a yaw sensor mounted in the center of the vehicle – StabiliTrak will modulate the brakes at the individual wheels, reduce power or do both to help the Malibu’s driver remain in control. The system incorporates advanced braking features to assist in a variety of conditions, including:

Cornering Brake Control is activated when the car is braking while cornering. Brake pressure is individually varied among all four wheels to keep the car stable.
Brake Assist helps the driver in emergency braking situations, giving the driver a higher deceleration gain than would be possible from the regular brake system booster.
The Malibu’s brake system consists of four-wheel discs, featuring 11.7-inch (296 mm) vented front discs and aluminum calipers in the rear. A four-channel anti-lock system is tied in with StabiliTrak to provide more control in wet and icy conditions.

Beyond the size and specifications of the Malibu’s brakes, they were tuned to provide a strong, confident feel and deliver braking performance that is expected to be among the best in the segment.

Most Fuel Efficient Chevy Malibu Ever

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The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco with eAssist technology is the most fuel-efficient Malibu ever – delivering a GM-estimated 37 mpg on the highway, thanks to smart electric technology that doesn’t affect ride or performance.

The 2013 Malibu Eco is the first Chevrolet vehicle to feature eAssist. Along with specific aerodynamic enhancements, it achieves 12-percent greater highway fuel economy than current models equipped with the 2.4L engine.

“Malibu Eco’s eAssist system integrates regenerative braking with the latest lithium-ion battery technology, to give our customers significant fuel-efficiency gains,” said Steve Poulos, global chief engineer of eAssist. “Providing electric boost to the powertrain system during heavy acceleration and grade driving helps the transmission operate more efficiently. The engine’s start-stop and fuel shut-off during deceleration features add to the fuel savings.”

The eAssist system is made up of a 32-cell, 0.5-kW lithium-ion battery, an electric motor-generator and next-generation six-speed transmission. The system’s electric motor-generator is mounted to an Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder engine, in place of the alternator, to provide both motor assist and electric-generating functions through a revised engine belt-drive system. The motor-generator is a high-performance, compact induction motor that is liquid-cooled for increased performance and efficiency.

The air-cooled 115V lithium-ion battery is integrated into a power pack located in a compartment between the rear seat and trunk. The power pack is surprisingly compact and lightweight, weighing only about 65 pounds (29 kg). It allows rear access to the trunk via the split-folding rear seat, unlike other hybrid competitors. Trunk space is slightly reduced from 2011 models, but still offers 14.3 cubic feet (405 liters) of storage for luggage, golf clubs and other large items. An electric fan cools the power pack, drawing air from a vent located in the package tray, behind the rear seat.

The induction motor-generator bolsters the engine with approximately 11 kW (15 horsepower) of electric power assist during heavy acceleration and 15 kW of regenerative braking power. This power capability enables the battery to capture energy during regenerative braking for improved fuel economy.

e Assist technology also allows for a numerically lower 2.64 final drive ratio. As a result, the Malibu Eco can travel 580 highway miles (965 km) between fill-ups, despite having a smaller (15.8-gallon / 59.9 L) fuel tank than other 2013 Malibu models (18.6-gallon / 70.4 L).

The system also enables the Ecotec engine to shut down fuel delivery in certain deceleration conditions, which saves fuel. While in fuel shut-off mode, the motor-generator unit continues spinning along with the engine to capture regenerative braking power and provide immediate and smooth take-off power when the driver presses on the accelerator. Then, as the vehicle comes to a stop, the motor-generator unit spins the engine, bringing it to a smooth stop – and properly positions it for a smooth and seamless restart.

“The battery system is designed to provide power assistance to the internal combustion engine, rather than storing energy for all-electric propulsion,” said Poulos. “It’s really an extension of the conventional internal combustion engine, not a replacement for it.”

Additional fuel-saving features include:

An aerodynamically optimized exterior, including underbody panels and electronically controlled shutters in the lower grille that close at higher speeds to push more air over and around the vehicle.
Lightweight components and systems, including an aluminum hood, aluminum rear bumper beam, low-mass carpet and dash mat and more, save approximately 130 pounds (58 kg) compared to comparably equipped non-Eco models.
An Eco gauge in the cluster continuously responds to driving behavior, encouraging fuel-efficient driving, while an Auto Stop Indicator on the tachometer informs the driver when the engine is in start-stop mode.
A power flow display in the driver information center – or the center console screen when equipped with the navigation system – indicates which of the following modes the Malibu Eco is operating in:

Battery charging – the eAssist motor is charging the high-voltage battery when the vehicle is slowing
Electric assist – the eAssist motor is providing electric power boost to the engine
Auto-Stop – the vehicle is stopped, the engine has automatically shut off and is ready to automatically restart when needed.
Driver-selectable modes are offered to enable maximum comfort or efficiency of the air conditioning system and include:

Eco mode – which maximizes the frequency and duration of Auto-Stop, while providing excellent cabin comfort
Comfort mode – reduces the frequency and duration of Auto-Stop to maximize cabin comfort.
2.4L Ecotec engine and next-generation six-speed

The eAssist system works with Malibu’s 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine, which features fuel-saving variable valve timing and direct injection technology. It is rated at 182 horsepower (136 kW) and 170 lb.-ft or torque. That’s 13 more horsepower and 12 more lb.-ft of torque than the previous Malibu. – and it’s more power and torque than the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid, 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, and 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid.

The next-generation Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed transmission is designed to enhance powertrain efficiency.

Significant internal transmission changes to clutch controls and hardware provide reduced spin losses while improving shift response and time. The added electric power provided by the eAssist system allows for higher gearing to improve steady state efficiency without impacting acceleration performance or driveability. The system’s ability to provide some electric assistance at cruising speeds allows the driver to accelerate lightly or ascend mild grades without the transmission downshifting. Automatic Grade Braking keeps the transmission in a lower gear when decelerating or coasting on a downgrade, helping to improve brake wear performance.

An auxiliary, electric-driven transmission oil pump is added to the 6T40, which keeps the transmission primed and the fluid flowing when the engine shuts down at a stop. That keeps the transmission ready to perform when the driver accelerates, for a seamless, uncompromised driving experience.

“It’s a very integrated powertrain system, with no compromises in driving performance, shift quality or ride and handling,” said Todd Stone, Malibu lead development engineer. “We believe this combination points to the future of vehicles powered primarily by an internal combustion engine.”

Aerodynamics of the 2013 Chevy Malibu-St. Louis

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Aerodynamic design is a key contributor in helping the all-new Chevrolet Malibu Eco achieve the best-ever fuel economy of a Chevy midsize car – and the quietest driving experience ever in a Chevrolet.

The Malibu Eco with fuel-saving e Assist propulsion technology delivers a GM-estimated 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, while an all-new Ecotec 2.5L engine debuting in the Malibu next summer is expected to achieve more than 30 mpg on the highway.

Aerodynamic design efficiencies and a new body style helped engineers shave 60 counts of fuel-economy-robbing wind drag from the model it replaces, the equivalent of adding up to 2.5 mpg more highway driving range. In fact, during development, preproduction models of the all-new 2013 Malibu achieved a drag coefficient of .29 C d, equal to a Corvette and nearly as efficient as the Volt electric car at .28 C d.

The new Malibu’s C d rating of .29 – the number used to indicate the aerodynamic drag force on a vehicle – is down from the current model’s .35 C d. The higher the number, the greater the drag force a vehicle’s engine must overcome at any road speed. The new Malibu Eco model has a slightly higher C d of .30, due to its 17-inch wheels and low-rolling resistance tires.

“With the new Malibu, the design and aero teams collaborated to achieve maximum fuel efficiency for our customers without compromising the car’s visual appeal,” said John Cafaro, Chevrolet Malibu exterior design director. “The aero and aesthetic evolved simultaneously – working together, we sculpted the car in a way that makes it more slippery, applied innovative technologies like eAssist and active shutters, and we intentionally designed components such as the rear deck lid and outside rearview mirrors to help maximize fuel economy.”

Malibu aero engineers and designers conducted more than 400 hours of wind tunnel testing to ensure optimal fuel economy. In addition to saving fuel, the 2013 Malibu’s new shape, dimensions and sculpted forms reduce cabin noise, another priority for midsize car buyers. On top of a lower coefficient of drag, the new Malibu has a 4.5-inch-shorter (114 mm) wheelbase and 62-inch (1,574 mm) front and rear tracks that are more than two inches (51 mm) wider than the model it replaces.

“Aerodynamics is driven by science.” said John Bednarchik, Chevrolet Malibu lead aerodynamic engineer. “While car designers favor wheel flares, sharp creases and other details that add style to a car, what catches the eye may disrupt the airflow, creating unwanted air turbulence and increasing drag. The new Malibu balances design needs with aerodynamic efficiency to truly benefit the customer.”

For the first time on a Chevrolet midsize sedan, Malibu LS and Eco models feature active aerodynamics, which change body surface geometry on one or more parts of the vehicle.

Malibu’s active aerodynamics includes a pair of louvers, or shutters, in the lower grill opening of the front fascia. They open or close automatically to maximize aerodynamic efficiency. This increases airflow in certain conditions, such as high-engine loads at low speeds, while the shutters remain closed as often as possible to reduce aerodynamic drag.

While some active aerodynamics merely activate when traveling above or below certain speeds, the aerodynamic shutters in the Malibu have a GM proprietary algorithm that monitors several variables in real time – including engine load, vehicle speeds and ambient temperature – to determine if the shutters should be opened or closed.

When ambient temperatures fall below freezing, the active shutters operate in “ice mode.” By working with a thermometer that monitors outside air temperature, the ice mode will prevent movement of the aero shutters until ambient temperatures rise above the freezing mark. Sensors work with onboard computers to calculate when the ice mode is appropriate.

Four underbody panels (standard on Eco and LT models) – two in the mid-body area under the floor pan on either side of the center tunnel, and two in the rear area covering the fuel tank and rear area on either side of the exhaust – deliver about 10 counts of aero benefit. Constructed of black composite with wind-surfacing, the panels cover approximately half of the underbody. Underbody panels are more commonly found on premium-priced offerings and race cars.

“The underbody panels contribute significantly to the overall aerodynamic performance of the new Malibu,” said Bednarchik. “Customers will never notice the difference, until they check their fuel economy.”

Measured as 0.001 coefficient of drag, a “count” is a precise measurement of aerodynamic drag generated by a vehicle. Reducing aerodynamic drag reduces the energy wasted overcoming pressure drag – due to the difference in pressure in front of and behind the vehicle – and improving overall efficiency.

In addition to the underbody panels, key aerodynamic enablers in the 2013 Malibu include:

10 counts: Rounded front corners – from the bottom of the fascia up through the headlamps – help air flow smoothly along the Malibu’s body sides
10 counts: Tire deflectors positioned forward of the front tires act as “mini-air dams” to minimize wind disruptions
7 counts: The closed upper grille on select models pushes wind to the sides of the Malibu
7 counts: Outside rearview mirrors are specifically designed to deflect wind without “upsetting” the airflow
7 counts: Shutters in the lower grill opening on select models open and close automatically to maximize aerodynamic efficiency. This increases cooling airflow to the engine under certain conditions, such as under high-engine loads at low speeds, and reduces aerodynamic drag when extra cooling is not needed
5 counts : The front air dam redirects airflow to minimize aerodynamic disruptions
5 counts : The notch angle of the vehicle – the angle from the top of the rear glass to the trailing edge of the decklid – was optimized to reduce wind drag
2 counts : An integrated decklid spoiler incorporates a crisp, trailing edge that helps separate air from the rear of the Malibu.
Vehicle aerodynamics remain a primary driver of overall fuel economy, especially at highway speeds.

“Roughly 60 percent of the power used at highway speeds is used to overcome air resistance,” said Malibu aerodynamic engineer Suzanne Cody.

The 2013 Malibu is expected to be among the first cars in the industry to be tested under J2881, the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) new recommended test procedure for aerodynamic reporting. Under these new industry guidelines, automotive manufacturers will follow a recommended procedure for measuring and documenting the aerodynamic performance in a full-scale wind tunnel of passenger vehicles. Similar SAE procedures for assessing and reporting horsepower and torque are already in place.

All-New Chevy Malibu Eco’s Luxury Interior

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The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu features an all-new interior that’s roomier, quieter, comfortable and connected, with luxury touches that push beyond expectations for the segment.

The new Malibu offers nearly four cubic feet (113 L) of additional interior volume, along with more shoulder and hip room than previous models and more usable trunk space than Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. It is the quietest Chevrolet ever and offers among the best seating comfort in the segment.

Compared to the current Malibu, the all-new 2013 Malibu is nearly three inches (76 mm) wider and has:

More than 1.5 inches (38 mm) greater front shoulder room and 3.2 inches (81 mm) greater rear shoulder room.
2.7 inches (68 mm) more front hip room and 2.8 inches (71 mm) of additional rear hip room.
Nearly four cubic feet (113 L) of additional interior volume.
More than one additional cubic foot (28 L) of usable trunk capacity: 16.3 cu. ft. / 462 L (14.3 cu. ft. / 405 L on Eco).
And with Chevrolet MyLink, the new Malibu packs the connectivity of a smartphone, with online services like Pandora ® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio ®, as well as the safety of hands-free operation of mobile phone apps. MyLink is simple, safe and connected. (Please see the separate release for complete MyLink details.)

DESIGN OVERVIEW

At a glance: The new Malibu’s interior gives customers a touch of luxury, with premium features, high quality materials and easy-to-use technology. It incorporates a more subtle take on Chevrolet’s signature dual cockpit design and features a flowing, uninterrupted theme that reinforces its greater spaciousness. The “center stack” is integrated with the instrument panel, for example, which runs into the front door panels. A richer complement of details throughout the cabin – including high-tech lighting elements – and high-quality materials support the Malibu’s more sophisticated presence.

Key Features:

A “dual cockpit zone” mid-instrument panel flows through the doors and enhances the feeling of spaciousness. On most models, it is trimmed with a three-dimensional “tipped” grain surface typically found on luxury cars that enables unique, dual dimensional layers of color and tactility.
The center stack sweeps forward and away , enhancing the feeling of spaciousness.
Available seven-inch touch screen with full-color interface display that swivels up to reveal a six-inch-deep (152 mm) hidden and illuminated storage compartment deep enough to stow phones, wallets or even a small purse.
Control knobs, switches and touch points feature firm, tactile operation and, with certain controls, a higher-quality chrome finish that accent Malibu’s premium appointments.
Metallic, chrome or wood accents , depending on the model, are located around the shifter, surrounding the center stack, around the instrument cluster and on doors and the steering wheel.
Soft, ice blue ambient lighting illuminates control knobs and storage areas. Ambient IP and door lighting uses light-pipe technology to ensure even, consistent illumination on Eco, LT and LTZ models.
Three-point steering wheel tilts and telescopes and includes redundant audio and cruise controls, as well as controls for OnStar and Bluetooth.
Auxiliary input jack and USB port in center console and a 250-watt amplifier, nine speaker Pioneer Premium Sound System system available on LT, LTZ and Eco models.
Split-folding 60/40 rear seatback on all models for convenience and additional storage capacity.
Four interior cloth and leather color combinations available: Jet Black, Jet Black and Dark Titanium, Cocoa and Light Neutral or Jet Black and Brownstone leather (available on LTZ only).
Four option packages: Package 1 (Power Convenience): cargo net, auto-dimming mirror, rearview backup camera, remote start, eight-way driver seat with lumbar control, universal garage door opener; Package 2 (Premium Audio) adds: fog lamps, leather-wrapped shifter knob, Pioneer nine-speaker audio system with high-output amplifier; Package 3 (Leather) adds: heated front seats, eight-way passenger seat with lumbar control, leather-trimmed seating; Package 4 (Navigation) adds: memory seats and mirrors, navigation system, driver’s window with express-up feature.
In the Malibu Eco, a power flow display in the driver information center – or the center console screen when equipped with the navigation system – indicates which of the following modes the vehicle is operating in:

Battery charging – the eAssist motor is charging the high-voltage battery when the vehicle is slowing
Electric assist – the eAssist motor is providing electric power boost to the engine
Auto-Stop – the vehicle is stopped, the engine has automatically shut off and is ready to automatically restart when needed.
Driver-selectable modes are offered to enable maximum comfort or efficiency of the air conditioning system and include:

Eco mode – which maximizes the frequency and duration of Auto-Stop, while providing excellent cabin comfort
Comfort mode – reduces the frequency and duration of Auto-Stop to maximize cabin cabin comfort.
“There is a high level of functional fashion throughout the Malibu’s interior,” said Crystal Windham, director, Passenger Car Interior Design. “We didn’t look at one thing, we looked at everything to make the new Malibu a car that would stand out around the world.”

SEAT COMFORT AND DURABILITY

The challenge: Develop a seat for Malibu that meets the comfort and durability expectations of customers around the world.

How they did it: Engineers balanced objective laboratory work, including use of high-tech tools such as the seat pressure mapping system and Oscar, a mannequin-like tool that simulates a person on the seats, with real-world seat ride evaluations. Seat testers have spent hundreds of hours and logged thousands of miles in prototype vehicles to evaluate the seats’ comfort.

In the end, the 2013 Malibu’s seats feature comfortable support with sport-sculpted shapes with more pronounced bolsters. They’re also made with materials designed to endure long drives over many years without degradation in support and comfort.

Additional seat features include:

Three levels of seating trim : flat-woven fabric, leatherette and Meridian leather with a “tipped” grain finish typically found on high-end luxury sedans.
LTZ models feature fashion leather seating trim with ice blue stitching and complementing piping (piping not incorporated with Jet Black interior color).
Available four-way lumbar adjustment is a rare feature in the segment.
The front seat cushions can be raised by 2.5 inches (65 mm).
The seatbacks are about 0.6-inch (15 mm) slimmer, which enhances rear-seat legroom.
To help ensure durability, the seats are built on a frame made of high-strength steel and featuring a “tube-end forming” assembly process, in which the frame tubes are flattened where they are joined. This produces a stronger structure, as well as a lighter one. The Malibu’s seat frames are about 10-percent lighter than conventional seat structures.

“ Seat comfort is more than simply the softness of the seat cushion – we conduct several tests to allow us to understand how and how far a customer will compress into the seat to ensure that the seat foam and other materials can support the pressure,” said Daniel Cohen, Malibu seat performance engineer. “We’re confident drivers and passengers will find a long drive in the new Malibu a comfortable, refreshing experience.”

ERGONOMICS

Touch points: Beyond its roster of appointments and details, the ergonomics of the new Malibu are also improved. The touch, appearance, lighting, color, grip, reach and hand clearance zones have been optimized through three-dimensional human computer modeling, as well as far-sighted driver and task-based human testing. The results are larger, more intuitively located knobs and controls, more prominent control symbols/fonts and more consistent illumination throughout the interior with light pipe technology.

Examples include:

The control knobs in the center stack are about 15-percent larger than previous models, with rubberized sides and inset chrome trim for easier manipulation and a more tactile feel.
All fonts and/or ISO symbols on the controls are about 6-mm tall , which makes them easier to read by drivers 45 years and older.
Foot pedal spacing is optimized to ensure comfortable foot-to-pedal transfers , regardless of shoe size or type.
Computer analysis helped determine the optimal angle positioning of information displays , eliminating the glare or “washout” in all lighting conditions.
A gauge cluster – also carrying larger fonts – with sharp, crisp LED illumination that is positioned under a tight hood for a non-glare, sport-oriented appearance and is easily viewed without driver head adjustment.
QUIETNESS

A sound plan: The new Malibu is the quietest Chevrolet ever and is expected to be one of the quietest cars in the midsize segment. To achieve that, interior engineers used road testing, sound evaluation tools and vehicle components to reduce, block and absorb noise from entering the cabin. Chevrolet engineers evaluate overall interior sound by driving on specific road surfaces and at different speeds. A digital recording device called Aachen HEAD was used to record sound real-time, while an acoustic evaluation room called the Jury Room was used to evaluate the aural performance. The room allows engineers to listen and rate individual sounds recorded by the Aachen HEAD. It is equipped with acoustic damping panels to ensure uniform sound levels in all corners of the room, and the engineers wore specially calibrated headphones.

During repeated sessions throughout the car’s development, engineers listened to digital sound recordings taken during test drives at various speeds, identifying noise and making recommendations on how to eliminate it. The process accelerated the development, because the recording analysis in the Jury Room reduced the time it normally takes to test, evaluate and test corrections from several days or weeks to only a few hours.

No noise or potential noise source was left unchecked during the Malibu’s development, with the exterior playing a large role in the quietness of the cabin. Aerodynamic tuning helped reduce noise, while a number of acoustic treatments were applied throughout the body structure and interior.

Quieting elements:

Malibu’s stiff body structure and isolated engine cradle help reduce noise and vibration from being transmitted to the interior.
The wind tunnel-tuned exterior has a low coefficient of drag – a low drag count of .29 C d on non-Eco models helps to reduce wind noise to what is expected to be a segment-best 33 decibels.
Air leakage into the passenger compartment, which is a primary noise source for all vehicles, is expected to be the best in the segment , at about 20-25 cubic feet per minute.
A 5.4-mm acoustic-laminate windshield and 5-mm front door glass reduce wind noise by about 3 decibels when compared to conventional tempered glass.
The shape of the exterior mirrors helps reduce wind noise – the result of 250 hours of wind-tunnel fine tuning.
All of the doors are triple-sealed.
Sixteen expanding-foam acoustic baffles are placed strategically in cavities throughout the body structure. The foam expands when the body passes through the drying oven in the paint shop, filling the cavities to restrict or eliminate sound paths.
Fully sealed, acoustic perimeter water deflectors are used in all four doors – a feature typically used only on luxury cars.
Liquid-applied sound deadening and melt-on sound deadening materials are used on the floor pan.
A noise baffle barrier is used in the trunk to abate noise generated around the wheel houses.
“It all comes down to three things – shape, sealing and acoustics,” said Kara Gordon, lead acoustic noise engineer for Malibu. “Throughout the development of the new Malibu, we focused on what it’s like to be in the car audibly and we’re very particular when it comes to the ear. We think we can always be better, and in this case, we believe we’ve served the customer well.”

Chevrolet MyLink details:

Chevrolet’s MyLink system is standard on Eco, LT and LTZ models and builds on the safety and security of OnStar. It seamlessly integrates online services like Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®. MyLink integrates wireless connectivity through Bluetooth to enable hands-free use of selected smart phone apps while the device remains safely stowed. No other automaker offers both the connectivity of MyLink and the embedded safety and security features of OnStar.

Importantly, MyLink retains all of the capabilities of conventional entertainment units, including AM/FM/XM tuners, CD player with MP3 playback, auxiliary and USB inputs and enhances them.

Notable features:

MyLink features a high-resolution, full-color touch screen display designed to provide hands-free radio, music and phone operation.
It adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smart phones , building on the Bluetooth hands-free calling capability already offered in most Chevrolet vehicles.
The voice control system powered by Nuance® allows simple voice commands to initiate phone calls and select radio stations or media from portable MP3 players and phones.
A tap of a button on the steering wheel enables verbal control of smartphone applications to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Pandora® internet radio allows the creation of unique radio stations by music genre or artist, and Stitcher SmartRadio makes the vehicle host to thousands of audio programming choices for a personalized listening experience.
Gracenote® helps navigate music collections by solving the common problem of missing or incomplete music metadata and displaying missing album cover art.
Gracenote® also enables “More Like This” playlisting and improves the accuracy of voice recognition , allowing drivers to easily access artists with hard=to-pronounce names, irregular spellings and nicknames (“The Boss” or “The Fab Four”).
Owners will be able to add to the capabilities of the MyLink system as new approved downloadable features become available. Before any smartphone apps can be used with MyLink, they must go through a validation process to demonstrate that they are safe to use while the vehicle is in motion. Functions such as text input on the touch screen are disabled while the vehicle is moving.
“Chevrolet MyLink is the next logical step for in-vehicle connectivity,” said Kathy McMahon, Infotainment Program Manager for MyLink. “It delivers greater control to a new generation of car buyers who don’t want to settle for mass market radio in their car.”

2013 Chevy Malibu aims for World Class Safety

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  • Ten standard air bags on full Malibu lineup, including knee air bags
  • Pedestrian protection design for global markets
  • Most advanced braking system ever in a Chevrolet midsize sedan
  • Sixty-five percent of structure constructed of high-strength and ultra high-strength steel
  • Available, segment-exclusive Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning technology (late availability on Malibu Eco)

Midsize sedans are among the hardest-working family haulers on the road. That’s why Chevrolet designed the all-new, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu with advanced technologies designed to protect the driver and passengers before, during and after a crash.

The first Malibu sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents was engineered to provide the most advanced safety technologies of any Chevrolet midsize sedan. It is equipped with more standard and available safety features than many competitors’ models, including advanced braking and chassis control technologies and a structure comprising 65-percent high-strength and ultra high-strength steels. Malibu also is designed to provide pedestrian impact protection in the global markets where it will be sold.

Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning systems will be available on Malibu next summer and later on Malibu Eco. These important crash-avoidance technologies are generally found on cars costing far more.

“ Malibu customers around the world will quickly recognize that Chevrolet takes their safety and security very seriously,” said Garett Kraus, safety performance integration manager for the Malibu. “Consumers demand high levels of protection in an affordable family sedan, and this car provides it.

“We’ve designed the 2013 Malibu to be one of the safest cars in its class, and we expect it will achieve high scores in government and insurance industry crash testing in all regions where it is sold.”

In Europe, the Malibu has already received the highest-possible rating (five stars) in European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) testing. In South Korea, Malibu received the highest safety evaluation in the Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR) test conducted by the Korea Insurance Development Institute. The ranking means Malibu buyers in Korea could qualify for up to a 30-percent discount on auto insurance.
Ten air bags will be standard on the full Malibu lineup – more than on current midsize sedans by Hyundai, Honda and Ford. Eight air bags will be standard on the Malibu Eco when it launches, including knee air bags that help reduce the risk of lower body injuries in a severe crash.

Avoiding crashes

Safety and chassis engineers reach beyond engineering for crash protection, and are developing and refining technologies that can help prevent collisions from happening in the first place.

The Malibu features standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, which includes full-function traction control; and an advanced, four-channel anti-lock braking system. These technologies are designed to provide more precise vehicle control and shorter stopping distances.

When a special sensor detects a driving situation that requires a higher level of electronic intervention – such as in wet or icy conditions – StabiliTrak will apply the brakes at the individual wheels, reduce power or do both to help the driver keep the vehicle on its intended path. The system incorporates braking features that assist in a variety of conditions, including:

Cornering brake control activates when the car is braking while cornering. Brake pressure is individually varied among all four wheels to keep the car stable
Panic brake assist helps the driver in emergency braking situations, providing greater stopping ability than would be possible from the regular brake booster
Brake fade assist automatically increases braking pressure under repeated, heavy braking
Electronic brake force distribution helps ensure that the optimal amount of braking force is simultaneously applied to all four wheels for maximum stability during heavy braking
Hill assist keeps the brakes engaged momentarily on a hill when the driver switches from the brake to the gas pedal.
The Malibu’s anti-lock braking system consists of four-wheel discs with 11.7-inch (296 mm) vented front discs and aluminum calipers. They are tuned to provide a strong, confident feel and deliver the best braking performance ever in a Malibu. In fact, the 2013 Malibu can stop from 60 mph in 134 feet (41 m). That’s eight feet (2.4 m) shorter than the current model’s 142-foot (42.3 m) performance (models with 17-inch wheels compared).

Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning

Malibu also combines two segment-exclusive crash-avoidance technologies that, when engaged, use flashing lights and chimes to alert drivers to potential front-end impacts or lane departures.

Malibu’s Forward Collision Alert technology includes a forward-facing camera on the windshield that monitors vehicles ahead. Above 25 mph, a green light in the instrument panel indicates the system has detected a vehicle ahead, and a collision alert can occur.

If the driver follows a vehicle very closely, a red tailgating display is lit. If the driver approaches a vehicle too rapidly, red lights flash on the windshield and a rapid series of beeps sounds.

Lane Departure Warning uses the same forward-facing camera to detect lane markings, and alerts the driver when the car strays into another lane.

When the system is engaged and the Malibu is traveling at 35 mph or more, a green light in the instrument panel indicates the system has detected lane markings ahead and a lane-departure alert can occur. If the driver crosses the left or right lane without signaling, left or right speakers sound and an amber light flashes.

Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning will be available later in the model year on Malibu, with later availability on the 2014 Malibu Eco.

The Malibu also features available an available rear video camera(on LT and LTZ models) to help prevent Malibu drivers backing into other vehicles or objects at low speeds.

With the rear video camera, a camera mounted on the center high mounted stop light (CHMSL) projects real-time images of the area immediately behind the vehicle onto the touch screen display.

Other key standard crash-avoidance technologies include:

Electronic steering and premium handling : Malibu’s ZF steering gear technology provides precise steering responsiveness and control that complements the vehicle’s premium sport handling.
Daytime Running Lamps : They make the Malibu more visible to other vehicles and to pedestrians and cyclists.
Tire pressure monitors : Underinflated tires are a leading cause of tire blowouts and cause premature tire wear. Malibu’s tire pressure monitors transmit tire pressure readings from each wheel so the driver can ensure they are properly inflated. A graphic on the driver information center shows real-time tire pressures.
Protection in the event of a crash

In the event of a crash, Malibu provides a strong structure that is 20-percent stiffer than the model it replaces. It comprises 65-percent high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels, full-length frame rails, a reinforced safety cage and impact-absorbing crush zones. This structure is designed to absorb the energy created in a crash and help preserve the structural integrity of the occupant compartment.

Welded tubular-section members frame door openings and support the roof, and steel members provide additional impact protection in the doors. This combination of a single-piece door aperture and door-beam reinforcements helps resist intrusion in side impacts.

Ten air bags on full Malibu lineup, new pedal release

Air bags work with lap and shoulder belts to help keep occupants properly positioned in a crash to avoid injuries from secondary collisions (between the occupant and the interior of the vehicle) and intrusion from another vehicle or object.

Malibu Eco – the first Malibu model to arrive in dealer showrooms early next year – will have eight standard air bags, including:

Dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags
Driver and front passenger knee air bags mounted under the instrument panel
Front seat-mounted chest/pelvis air bags
Full-length head curtain side air bags in the roof rail for head protection and to help retain occupants in the event of a rollover.
Rear seat-mounted chest/pelvis side air bags become standard on all Malibu models next summer.

New to Malibu is a standard pedal release system. In a severe crash, the brake pedal is designed to break away to help protect the driver’s feet and lower legs from injuries.

Other standard occupant protection features include three-point safety belts in all five seating positions, with pretensioners and load limiters for the driver and front passenger. The LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top Tethers for CHildren) system helps make it easier to properly secure child seats.

Designed to protect pedestrians

In many of the global markets where Malibu will be sold, large numbers of pedestrians share the road with cars.

To meet global standards for protecting pedestrians against head injuries in the event of a crash, the Malibu uses energy-absorbing materials in the hood. Other energy-absorbing techniques for protecting pedestrians in the event of a collision include the strategic use of air space between the hood and hard objects underneath – such as the battery and engine block – that could injure pedestrians.

Six months of OnStar provides post-crash care

The Malibu is equipped with six months of OnStar Directions & Connections service, including Automatic Crash Response. In the event of a collision, built-in vehicle sensors with an injury severity predictor automatically alert an OnStar advisor, who is immediately connected into the vehicle to determine if help is needed.

The advisor can use GPS to help locate the vehicle and send emergency help to the scene – even if there is no answer.

Security features on Malibu

Malibu also includes several security features, including segment-exclusive power rear child security locks and remote keyless entry with a panic alarm to sound for help or scare off an intruder. OnStar adds remote door unlock, horn and light activation, stolen vehicle location and stolen vehicle slowdown technologies.

Other important peace-of-mind features include an anti-theft alarm with a passive engine immobilizer and segment-best 24/7 roadside assistance as part of Malibu’s exclusive 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

2013 Chevy Malibu Connecting Customer with Mylink

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Connects Customers with MyLink

• Improved connectivity – customers can customize their radio and listen to online programs with Pandora® and Stitcher SmartRadio®
• Safe and easy to use – allows drivers to easily use their communications technology while their phone remains safely stowed
• Pandora’s® dedicated Top 100 Chevy song list celebrates the brand’s Centennial

DETROIT – The all-new 2013 Malibu will be one of the first vehicles to offer Chevrolet MyLink – an all-new in-car infotainment package that gives customers a higher level of in-vehicle wireless connectivity and customized infotainment options while building on the safety and security of OnStar.

MyLink seamlessly integrates online services such as Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio® using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth-enabled phones. It will be introduced on most Chevrolet models this year.

“Car buyers considering the all-new 2013 Chevy Malibu don’t have to settle for mass market radio,” said Jon Hahn, Malibu marketing manager. “They want the option to create their own individual stations and have access to them wherever they are. MyLink makes media personalization easy for consumers on the go.”

Pandora has more than 100 million users in the U.S. and more than 600 songs across all genres that currently mention Chevrolet, Chevy or the name of a Chevy vehicle in their lyrics. The dedicated Chevy station is live and available to Pandora users at www.Pandora.com/chevy100.

Chevy fans are celebrating Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary on Pandora with a dedicated Chevrolet station playing the Top 100 songs mentioning the brand. Among them are “American Pie” by Don McLean, “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John, “Little Red Corvette” by Prince and “Tim McGraw” by Taylor Swift. (Top 100 playlist is at the end of this release.)

MyLink adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smartphones, building on the voice-activated Bluetooth hands-free calling capability already offered in most Chevy vehicles. The Malibu Eco comes with MyLink standard, along with a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display that makes media selection easy to navigate. The radio face also swivels up to reveal a hidden and illuminated storage area.

MyLink also retains all the capabilities of today’s entertainment functions, including AM/FM/Sirius XM tuners, CD player with MP3 playback, auxiliary and USB inputs. Additional features and benefits include:
• Enhanced, hands-free voice control system powered by Nuance®, which allows simple voice commands to initiate phone calls and select radio stations or media from portable MP3 players and smartphones. A tap of a button on the steering wheel enables intuitive verbal control of smartphone applications such as “play (artist name)” or “call (name of contact)” to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
• Pandora® internet radio allows users to create personalized radio stations based on favorite artists or genres. Stitcher SmartRadio® provides access to thousands of audio programming choices, allowing customers to build a personalized listening experience. MyLink integrates control of both of these apps for a driver-directed listening experience.
• Gracenote® identifies the music collection on the driver’s smartphone or MP3 player and presents information such artist name, genres and album cover art on the MyLink screen, and enables users to select similar music to the tunes they love. Gracenote also improves the accuracy of MyLink’s voice activation system by allowing users to access music using artist nicknames, such as “The Boss,” “G.N.R,” or “The Fab Four” simply by using MyLink’s touch-screen or steering wheel buttons and voice-control interfaces.
• USB connections add flash memory capability, allowing users to access approved applications to make their MyLink system even more functional, while assuring that drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Standard features:
• Seven-inch high-resolution WVGA display with capacitive touch capability
• Bluetooth with hands-free (for phone calls) and A2DP audio-streaming protocol support
• Address book download and hands-free calling
• USB port
• Auxiliary audio input port
• Redundant steering wheel controls
• Enhanced voice recognition powered by Nuance
• Embedded Gracenote music metadata database automatically fills in missing tag information including album art, artist, track, album, etc. when playing back music tracks from portable players, phones, flash drives and CDs
• Gracenote also provides artist aliases to augment accuracy of voice recognition (e.g. “the Boss” for Bruce Springsteen, “Fab Four” for the Beatles, pronunciation of artist names such as Sade that don’t match the spelling)
• Album art and other track information are displayed on the screen when playing MP3 files
• Radio software can be upgraded via the USB port
• Stereo audio streaming from Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPod, iPad) is supported via USB
• Wireless stereo audio streaming from Android and Blackberry devices is supported via Bluetooth
• AM/FM/Audio CD/MP3 CD/Sirius XM Satellite Radio
• Selected smartphone apps can be controlled through the MyLink interface via the touch-screen, steering wheel controls or voice commands. The first apps to be supported are Pandora and Stitcher
• The MyLink interface supports station selection, next track, thumbs up/down for Pandora and Stitcher
• MyLink also supports playback of MP3 files stored on flash memory drives.