OnStar Keeps Adding Value For Chevy Drivers With MyLink!

OnStar never ceases to amaze me. I have had OnStar for so long now I often wonder how I ever lived without it. Once again OnStar is shaking things up with MyLink and if you are in the market for the new 2012 Chevy Volt or the 2012 Chevy Equinox you are in luck cause you’ll get the chance to try it out first. I don’t know about you but I have the chance to listen to Pandora in the car through my radio and not just my iPhone…. I’m sold. Check out the press release from Chevy below.

Consumers who seek a higher level of in-vehicle wireless connectivity and customized infotainment options, plus the unmatched safety and security of OnStar need look no further than the 2012 Chevy Volt and Equinox.

When these vehicles go on sale later this year, they will be the first to offer Chevy MyLink – an in-car infotainment package that builds on the safety and security of OnStar and seamlessly integrates online services like Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio® using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth device connectivity.

“There is a new generation of car buyers who don’t want to settle for mass market radio,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing.  “They want to create their own individual stations and have access to them wherever they are. Chevrolet vehicles have offered customers the ability to use portable media devices since 2006 and the introduction of MyLink takes media personalization to a new level. ”

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. MyLink also includes a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color touch screen display that makes media selection easy to navigate.

“Chevrolet MyLink is the next logical step for in-vehicle connectivity,” said Karl Stracke, vice president for Global Product Engineering.  “MyLink leverages the mobile broadband capability and the sophisticated, online services made possible by today’s smart phones.”

MyLink retains all the capabilities of today’s entertainment units, including AM/FM/XM tuners, CD player with MP3 playback, auxiliary and USB inputs. But, Stracke says, “These are the essentials and we’re building from there.”

Read the full article here: MyLink

Well, what do you think? Is this something that you would want in your new Chevy?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Chevy Did It Right With Super Bowl Commercials

Chevy Volt

We all love watching the Super Bowl commercials. This year we saw monkey’s, Bieber, Ozzie Osbourne and more. I happen to think the Chevy commercials were my favorites. We saw a Chevy Silverado commerical, Volt, Cruze and of course the Camaro. Which Chevy commercial was your favorite? Check them all out below.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Keep Up With Santa This Holiday With OnStar!

If you have young children and OnStar you should think about checking this out this Christmas. Your new Chevy can tell you just exactly where Santa is on his trip this Christmas Eve. My children love it.

As part of a special partnership with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), OnStar subscribers can follow Santa Claus’ journey on Christmas Eve as he makes his way around the world in a single night.

Beginning on Christmas Eve at 6 a.m. EST, all subscribers have to do is push their blue OnStar button and ask for a “Santa Update.” An OnStar Advisor will be happy to provide updates on the jolly old elf’s journey using information provided by NORAD.

Individuals without an OnStar subscription can visit the NORAD Santa Tracker or call 877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) for Santa’s location.

Will you be following Santa’s journey this year? – OnStar

Let me know if you give this a try and how your kids feel about it!

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

A Camaro Is Returned To Its Owner 27 Years Later!

I think it would be hard enough to deal with the fact that your car was stolen from you, but what do you do when it’s returned to you….. 27 years later? Check out the story of what happened to this man. I also think that after 27 years I would still want that Camaro back!! Something to fix up and tinker with!! Have you ever had a new or used Chevy stolen from you only to be returned? Thanks to Matt Hardigree over at Jalopnik for sharing this story.

Robert Andrews is getting a special Christmas present this year: the 1973 Chevy Camaro stolen from him 27 years ago, returned by the Santas at the California Highway Patrol. But who is the Grinch who stole it?

Andrews, now living in Nevada, reported the car stolen in July of 1983 in Santa Ana. It never turned up and he moved on with his life. The Camaro (not pictured) was missing until someone bought the car from a woman who said the car had been in her backyard for 15 years.

An inspection by the DMV pulled up the correct VIN and the car was turned over to the California Highway Patrol, who then contacted the Nevada Highway Patrol, who was able to track down Andrews after a month of searching.

Police plan to talk to the woman who had the Camaro as a part of their ongoing investigation into the theft. A few officers are hoping to save Andrews the trouble of taking the car back by offering him money for the car. (Hat tip to Panhardrod!)

[LA Times, Photo: Roadsidepictures]

At least these days if you have OnStar it is easier to recover a stolen car! We weren’t so lucky back in 1973.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Black Friday Survival Skills Courtesy Of OnStar!

I know all about black friday. We do it every year. Actually I try to not get involved but my wife likes to take advantage of all the deals. It can be a fantastic day if you have everything planned accordingly. If you are just flying by the seat of your pants you can be mad and stressed out in a matter of minutes. Here are a few tips from OnStar on how to make the most out of your black friday shopping with driving around in your new or used car or truck.

1. Start your day off on the right foot

Keep calm with parking lot madness. Be patient and realize that although frustrating, it is not the end of the world if someone steals your parking space. You may have to search a little bit longer, but it’s better to wait than to get into a fight or frenzy over bad manners!

2. Take a break

Remember to take breaks, and remind yourself that Rome wasn’t built in a day. There’s always tomorrow!

3. Fuel your body and brain

It is never a good idea to enter a shopping mall during the holiday season on an empty stomach. Begin your shopping day with a meal.

4. Have a good time

No one likes a cranky shopper, and the holidays are all about spreading cheer. Shop with friends or family members and try to embrace the warm fuzzies of the holiday spirit … it will take you throughout the holiday season.

Navigate Black Friday with OnStar

With OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation you can easily make your way to stores on your list. Simply push your blue button, tell the Advisor where you want to go, and Turn-by-Turn directions are downloaded into your vehicle.

Seriously when you are out and about on Friday take advantage of OnStar and by all means have fun and don’t kill anyone!!

Do You Have The OnStar MyLink Mobile App Yet?

If you have a 2011 Chevrolet vehicle there is a strong chance that you can download the new OnStar MyLink app for your iPhone or Android. It’s not currently available on all 2011 vehicles but it should be very very soon. Don’t fret if your vehicle is 2010 or older OnStar is working on an app for you as well. What does this new app do? Let me just tell you!

1. You can check and see how much fuel you have left in your car.

2. You can remotely lock and unlock your doors from your phone.

3. You can set off your alarm, lights and horn remotely from your phone.

4. Check the pressure in your tires.

5. Get your vin number in an instant should you need it for anything.

6. Call for roadside assistance.

7. Call an OnStar advisor.

8. Find information regarding your preferred Chevy dealer should you need to make a service appt.

9. Check your remaining oil life.

and much much more…. Pretty Awesome!

The OnStar MyLink mobile app is ready to download for most 2011 GM vehicles. Currently, the OnStar MyLink is available for both Android™1and iPhone®2 mobile devices.

OnStar MyLink provides real-time connection to your vehicle so you can see important information such as your fuel level, oil life and tire pressure, plus it provides you with the ability to trigger remote commands including remote start and door unlock.

For more information and to download the OnStar MyLink mobile app, check out www.onstar.com/mobileOnStar

This video gives you a funny, quick break down on how the app will work.

Have you had an opportunity to use this app yet? If so how did you like it?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Facebook While Driving…. Can It Be Safe? Is It Possible?

I think we all know how much I love Facebook, Twitter and the like. Let’s think about this though… Do I Facebook while driving? No! Well maybe if I am in dead stop traffic not moving. Under normal circumstances I am paying attention to the road. I came across an article today from AutoBlog that was very interesting. GM has decided to combat Ford’s popular Sync System with a system of their own. I never thought about voice texting or updating your Facebook status while driving but this could be very interesting. The question is…. Could it be safe? What are your thoughts on this. Would updating your Facebook “safely” while driving be something that you would like to do?

Here’s the story:

General Motors is ready to bring the fight to Ford’s Sync system with a reworked version of OnStar, but the salient details won’t be revealed for another seven days. However, we’ve gotten word from the General that it’s testing two new features: Audio Facebook updates and voice texting.

On the Facebook front, GM is the experimental phase of integrating OnStar with the 800-pound social media guerilla, allowing users to verbally update their Facebook status via audio recordings, with the possibility of utilizing the OnStar Virtual Advisor feature to read off Facebook status updates and news feeds.

Voice texting works in a similar manner, pairing the driver’s Bluetooth mobile phone to OnStar and allowing the system to read received SMS messages and reply using a voice command to select four pre-set messages. That’s not true voice-to-text functionality, but it’s similar to what’s being offered by other automakers.

Well, what do you think? Something you might like?

Stupid Thief Steals Camaro! A must read.

Some people are so stupid. I can not even imagine how this guy thought he wouldn’t get caught. Thanks to Matt Rigney over at Camaro Blog for breaking this story. How hysterical! I just feel bad for the Camaro!

A brazen thief made off with a brand new 2010 Camaro as a truck driver unloaded it from his transport vehicle. The transport driver was delivering new merchandise to a Chrysler Jeep Dealership in Tigard, Oregon and as a result had to unload the Camaro to get other vehicles off. When the transport driver left the new 2010 Camaro unattended for a minute the thief jumped in the drivers seat and took off. The transport driver chased after the Camaro on foot and eventually grabbed and held on to the drivers door as he sped away. The transport driver held on for about a quarter-mile at speeds of around 45 mph until he was tossed when the thief drove through some grassy areas.

What the car thief did not realize is the new 2010 Camaro was outfitted with OnStar so the police were contacted who than contacted OnStar to find the location of the vehicle. The police located the stolen Camaro and a pursuit ensued with the thief doing some fancy driving to avoid being captured but in the end one of the Camaros tires was spiked by police and as a result the Camaro crashed right after. The thief exited the Camaro only to be met by two police officers and they thought he might run so they tased him. The thief was arrested on multiple charges including auto theft and evading arrest. Sadly the new Camaro met a grim fate.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Have You Met The New 2011 Chevrolet Volt Yet?

I thought you guys might like to meet the new electric car from GM. Introducing the all new 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Personally I am very excited about this new car and can’t wait to see what other people think about it. This is a different direction for GM and this much anticipated car is on a lot of peoples minds right now. Check out these figures courtesy of Consumer Reports

The Chevrolet Volt is one of the most-hyped cars expected to debut this year, with all-new drivetrain technology that General Motors has termed EREV, translated as “extended-range electric vehicle.” 

Yesterday, the company brought two examples up to our test track, along with several engineers to explain the car, point out its new features, and allow the staff to get behind the wheel. GM drove the two cars to our Connecticut Auto Test Center from Milford, Michigan—a trip of about 750 miles. 

  • The Volt’s electric drive motor is rated at 110 kW, equivalent to about 150 hp. It uses another motor/generator—GM engineers call this an “electric machine”—connected to the gas engine rated at 50 kW. This is used to start the engine and also provides electrical power to drive the vehicle when the battery is depleted. The gas engine is a 1.4-liter four cylinder similar to the Chevrolet Cruze base engine, though configured for this unique application.
  • The Volt uses about half the capacity of its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. This ensures good durability of the battery pack and provides extra boost than can be delivered from the engine-driven generator so the driver sees/feels no difference between EV mode and gas engine. To maximize the battery’s life expectancy, the battery is never allowed to run completely down, nor is it ever allowed to take a maximum charge.
  • On long up hills, such as what you might experience climbing the Rocky Mountains, if that battery reserve is used up, the car’s power may be reduced to what’s available from the generator. GM engineers say there are only seven or eight such grades in the United States, and they have designed the car to be able to maintain the speed limit on these roads. The car has a “mountain mode,” which will increase the size of the battery reserve to assure there is enough power to maintain speed even on the longest, steepest hills. The trade off is reduced range.
  • GM has said before that the car will have a 300-mile overall range (including 40 miles on pure electric), but they have never before disclosed the capacity of the gasoline fuel tank. It will likely hold about nine gallons, in which case the range based on these figures would be well above 300 miles. The tank will be pressurized, so it will take a few seconds for the fuel door to pop open.
  • The Volt comes with a 20-foot, 110-volt charge cord. When plugged in, the car’s on-board charger tests the circuit to ensure that the house system is safe to connect to. A yellow light shows on top of the dashboard while the circuit is being tested. Once it passes, the car-horn chirps briefly, and the light turns green. If it fails the test, the light stays yellow, and the charger unit indicator lights show a fault.
  • Volt owners will receive OnStar for free for an extended period. Dedicated OnStar agents will be able to answer a wide range of questions about using an electric car. In addition, OnStar will automatically work with any Volt buyer to help arrange installation of an appropriate 240-volt electrical outlet for home charging.
  • GM is also building an app for iPhone and Android smartphones that will interface with the Volt to control and set up charging. It will also be able to interact with OnStar. Perhaps most significantly, Volt customers will be able to download their electric utility rates, and the software in the car will automatically set the car to charge when energy rates are lowest. The car can then notify a phone when the charge is complete.
  • GM says it will take four hours to fully charge a Volt from a 220-volt designated charger, which will need to be professionally installed at your house (at an extra cost), or about 10 hours on a standard 20-amp, 110-volt outlet.
  • The four-passenger Volt has individual seats in the rear that fold down, as the large “T” shaped battery takes up the space between the back seats.
  • The white, iPod-like center stack will also be available in gray and nearly all the switches are touch sensitive like an iPod and have a click sound associated with them.

The most common reaction to driving the Volt is that it is quiet and the linear power delivery provides good acceleration, but the sedan feels heavy in the corners. It weighs about 3,800 pounds, making it porky for a car of this size. 

The Volt will initially be sold in Los Angeles; Washington, DC; and Michigan in November. Within about a year, GM plans to have them available at select dealers nationwide. Chevrolet is expected to announce the price this summer. Overall, it’s an impressive piece of technology, but the proof will be how it performs in the real world. We look forward to buying our own Volt and putting it through our full test regimen once it goes on sale. —Eric Evarts

Want to see it in action? Check out the video. 

I am not sure what dealerships in Texas are going to get this car when it goes live but you can guarantee that your Fort Worth Chevy dealer will keep you posted. 

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Get A New GM Car or Truck? They Can Email You Now If Your Car Is Sick!

Cars and trucks have had diagnostic systems for years something that had greatly benefited us for a long time. Now this concept has gotten even better. There’s a way for your car or truck to send you an email every month and let you know if your new car or truck is having any issues or needs any attention. This is pretty much the idea behind General Motors’ OnStar diagnostic system. In January Onstar sent an email to 1.8 millions Chevy owners and here’s what they learned about their cars: 11% were told they are overdue for an oil change, 38% got the news that they have a least one tire with low pressure, and 1% had some sort of mechanical problem, most of those were just annoying issues like the gas cap wasn’t on tight enough.

When you get your new GM car or truck you can sign up to get a monthly e-mail which then will let you know what’s wrong with your new car or truck. That’s pretty great in my opinion.

“At Chevrolet, we have significantly reduced customer warranty claims over the past few years, as we continually strive to make the most dependable cars and trucks on the road. A key part of that success is OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, which helps Chevrolet and our customers keep vehicles in top running condition,” says Chevrolet General Manager Jim Campbell.

It’s just another reason why you want and need OnStar in your new car or truck.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.