Chevrolet to Add Siri Eyes Free to Six Vehicles in 2014

Siri Eyes Free
Siri Eyes Free is coming to six additional Chevy models

Chevy has announced that six of its 2014 model-year vehicles will feature Siri Eyes Free integration, bringing everyone’s favorite pocket-sized personal assistant with drivers onto the road as part of Apple’s continued rollout.

Chevrolet’s 2014 versions of the Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS, and Volt will all feature Siri Eyes Free as part of the MyLink infotainment system.  Siri Eyes Free mode connects to MyLink through Bluetooth , allowing for those using iOS6 or iOS7 Apple devices to interact with the voice activation button found on the vehicle’s steering wheel.

This interaction allows drivers to access their calendars, playlists, contacts, and messages without ever having to take their eyes off of the road.  Drivers can also make calls, hear the content of texts read back to them in Siri’s dulcet tones, and compose messages of their own.  Siri Eyes Free was previously, and successfully, integrated into Chevrolet’s Spark and Sonic vehicles.

“The response to Siri Eyes Free integration in Chevy Sonic and Spark from our customers has been remarkable,” said Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of U.S. Marketing, in a statement. “Easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink’s existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience, so we’re excited to expand this to even more customers.”

Of course, this also means you can now amuse your friends on the road by asking Siri silly questions and chuckling as she casually offers to tell you where the best places to hide a body.  For more information on Siri Eyes Free and Chevrolet’s 2014 lineup, come see us at Gjovik today!

 

Celebrating 50 Years of the Chevy Malibu

Fifty years ago, nobody had heard of the Chevy Malibu. Then, one day in 1964, Chevy introduced the car as the Chevelle Malibu. This car was the top-of-the-line trim for the well-loved Chevelle. Quickly, it gained popularity, and eventually went on to completely replace the Chevelle in 1978. Since then, the Chevy Malibu has come to represent value, style, and reliability, and the 2014 Malibu is the embodiment of all that and more. This year, we’re happy to celebrate 50 years of the Chevy Malibu.

The 2014 Malibu has been given a slight makeover from its 2013 counterpart. Although it’s not a complete overhaul, there are some significant changes that make the 2014 stand out from its predecessor. A new Text-to-Voice feature allows the car’s infotainment system to read text messages over the audio system, and allows the driver to respond via MyLink, without ever taking his or her hands off the wheel. The 2014 Malibu also boasts a standard 2.5-liter EcoTec engine with stop/start technology—a first for this segment.

So whether you remember the original 1964 Malibu or not, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate 50 years of the Chevy Malibu. Stop by Gjovik and see the latest model in person!

50 Years of the Chevy Malibu
2014 marks 50 years of the Chevy Malibu

Chevrolet Silverado Scores Big in Consumer Reports Testing

Chevrolet Silverado Consumer Reports
2014 Chevy Silverado

When Consumer Reports speaks, the industry listens. In a recent road test performed by Consumer Reports, the Chevrolet Silverado came out on top with a winning score of 81 out of 100 points. It impressed the testers with its utility, handling, and great fuel economy.

The pickup truck segment is currently one of the fastest and most competitive in the automotive market, making this recognition extremely important. The consumer advocacy magazine is one of the most popular sources of automotive information for many consumers.

Impressive features on the Chevrolet Silverado include a large bed, 2,007-pound payload capacity, and a best-in-class trailering capability of up to 11,500 pounds. The Silverado gives customers the option to customize their truck with a vast array of options, including three different engines. These include a 4.3-liter V6 with Active Fuel Management, a 5.3-liter V8 that deliver 355 horsepower, and a 6.2-liter V8 available later this fall.

Stop by Gjovik Auto and take a look at our large inventory of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks. We’re certain you’ll fall in love with this rugged pickup, which is not only Consumer Reports’ top pick, but also increasingly the top pick of drivers across the country.

2014 Chevrolet Impala: Best Full-Size Sedan

Looking for a full-size sedan for your family? The sheer number of sedans available out there can be overwhelming, making it difficult to know which one is best for your needs. Luckily, the experts at Cars.com decided to make it easier with the $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge. The automotive website took seven popular full-size sedans, and pitted them against each other in an attempt to see just which one ruled the segment.

The seven cars competing for the title of best full-size sedan included the all-new 2014 Chevy Impala, 2014 Ford Taurus, 2013 Dodge Charger, 2013 Chrysler 300, 2013 Toyota Avalon, 2013 Nissan Maxima, and 2013 Hyundai Azera. Each car was tested by three experts from Cars.com, one automotive editor at USA Today, a producer from “MotorWeek,” and a coffee shop owner from Illinois who would typically purchase this type of car. Tests included a 200-mile road trip to test fuel economy, and back-to-back testing by each member of the panel to compare braking, handling, ride comfort, and more. And guess which car came out on top? The 2014 Chevrolet Impala, of course!

The panel loved the Impala’s brand spanking new looks—both inside and out. The experts also praised the Impala’s ride comfort, ease of driving, plentiful cargo space, and interior features that appeal to families and individuals alike.

Stop by Gjovik’s to see the 2014 Chevy Impala in person. We’re certain you’ll agree that it’s the best full-size sedan money can buy!

best full-size sedan
Chevy Impala: best full-size sedan

Diesel Power: Colorado and Canyon to Get Diesel Engines

If you’ve noticed a great deal of hype lately about diesel engines, you’re not the only one. With Chevy releasing a diesel version of its Cruze sedan, it seems that the old stigma about noisy, expensive, smelly diesel engines is a thing of the past. Today’s diesel engines are much cleaner, and offer excellent fuel economy to drivers who are continuing to demand more eco- and wallet-friendly vehicles. And GM is continuing to embrace this trend by offering diesel-powered versions of its upcoming Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks.

According to insiders, GM plans to launch the trucks with a version of either its 2.5-liter or 2.8-liter Duramax turbo diesel engine. These engines are already fitted in the current Colorado, which has taken a one-year hiatus from the U.S., and will return as a redesigned 2014 model, along with its GMC Canyon counterpart. However, the diesel engines likely won’t be available until 2015. This gives GM time to reintroduce its smaller pickup trucks to the market before launching a version offering alternative fuel.

Gjovik Auto looks forward to the return of the Colorado and Canyon. If you’re interesting in switching to a diesel-powered car, check out the diesel versions of the Chevy Cruze and Silverado, as well as the GMC Sierra, available now at our Sandwich, Illinois GM dealer.

Colorado and Canyon
GMC Canyon

Chevy Sonic RS: Power and Efficiency Combined

Chevy Sonic RS
Chevy Sonic RS

When you think of the Chevy Sonic, you probably think of a cheap and cheerful subcompact car with a low starting price and modest standard features. But the Sonic is so much more than that. If you’re the type of driver that wants a little extra oomph in your engine, but you don’t want to upsize to a larger vehicle, the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS could be the answer to your prayers.

Officially, RS stands for Rally Sport. We think it could stand for “really speedy.” That’s because the Sonic RS comes with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that can gets an EPA estimated 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, and generates 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft of torque. That might not sound like much, but the RS trim adds an additional 23 lb.-ft of torque to the base LS trim, and since this car is so light, that’s some serious pickup. The Chevy Sonic RS is available as a hatchback, and comes with heated leatherette seats, cruise control, and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system.

So if you’re looking for a cheap-fun-to-drive car that won’t have you paying through the nose at the pump, the Chevy Sonic RS is definitely worth a look. Stop by Gjovik Auto to check it out in person!

2014 Chevy Impala: So Quiet, You Can Record Music In It

If your eardrums have had enough of being blasted by an overly-noisy car, perhaps it’s time you considered switching to a vehicle with a little less engine noise, and a little more soundproofing. Enter the 2014 Chevy Impala; a car so quiet, a blues-rock band in Detroit used one as a recording studio for their latest track.

2014 Chevy Impala
2014 Chevy Impala

Thanks to the same Active Noise Cancellation technology you find in high-end headphones, the 2014 Chevy Impala’s interior remains strong and silent. It was for this reason that The Gentlemen Mutineers chose the sedan as the best place to record a song. The Impala was parked in one of the noisiest areas of Detroit—right by the Tigers stadium on a game day, with the inevitable construction that plagues the Michigan summer, and a live concert going on just down the street. Yet none of these background noises made it onto the track, which was recorded on a laptop by Mark Pastoria from Harmonie Park Studios.

Other factors that combine to make the 2014 Chevy Impala the peaceful haven it is include sound-absorbing carpet, acoustic foam, triple-sealed doors, liquid-applied sound deadener, and acoustically laminated glass. To check out the uber-quier 2014 Impala for yourself, stop by Gjovik Auto and take one out for a soundless spin!