J.D. Power is known for being a great resource for information about vehicle quality in the auto industry. After revealing the 2017 Tech Experience Index Study, the publication has unveiled information on the best technology available in modern vehicles. Additionally, it would seem that not one, but two segments have been dominated by Chevrolet nameplates – the Camaro and Tahoe.
The J.D. Power Tech Experience Index Study is actually a new study from the organization, debuting just last year in order to measure owner satisfaction with in-vehicle technology, something that is swiftly becoming more and more accessible and widespread. The 2017 study scored satisfaction on a scale of 1,000 points, studying 35 different technologies over the course of 90 days. Some of these categories included entertainment and connectivity, driver assistance, convenience, and navigation, among others.
The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro grabbed top honors in the midsize segment, while the 2017 Tahoe dominated the large vehicle category.
Want to see if the results of the J.D. Power 2017 Tech Experience Index Study live up to the hype? Stop by Wiesner of Huntsville to check out the Chevy Camaro and Tahoe in person.
In June of 2014, Chevrolet launched its built-in OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi technology. Since then, customers have been rapidly increasing their usage of the service. And, the biggest jump was in the last six months of 2016. In fact, in that time, Chevy owners used nearly as much data as they had in the previous two years.
Because of this huge jump in popularity and usage, Chevrolet has announced a new unlimited OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi plan. This plan will only cost $20 per month, making it an affordable choice for many families. There are also other plans for less frequent users, including data passes of 250MB per day for $5 and 20GB over 12 months for $150.
Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet, said, “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”
Unfortunately, we become aware of many vehicle issues after it’s too late. Either they leave us stranded or we are caught unawares and forced to rush to get service. That’s when you find out who your real friends are, when you are on the phone saying, “Hi… I hate to bother you but… Can you pick me up at the repair shop?” All of the sudden, everyone you know and love is just too busy to help.
Don’t worry, though—Chevrolet is there for you. The automaker has created a service that can actually make you aware of an issue before it becomes an issue. These alerts are available in 2016 Chevy Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette and Equinox vehicles.
So, What Exactly Does It Do?
Chevrolet vehicles are full of high-tech sensors. As these sensors collect information, they constantly analyze the flow of data to look for anomalies. If certain changes in the fuel pump, starter motor and/or 12 volt battery are detected, then the new OnStar Proactive Alerts system will let you know.
At that point, you can make an appointment with a service specialist. They can then have the issue resolved before you experience any inconvenience. Wiesner of Huntsville is ready to take care of your vehicle!
When you watch a horror movie, do you ever find yourself wishing the characters were a little smarter? Ever catch yourself uselessly shouting at the screen, “No, don’t open that door”?
If you do, Chevrolet knows exactly what that’s like—and it captured that feeling in its latest ad for the all-new Cruze and Malibu, available at Wiesner of Huntsville.
It was directed by Michigan-born filmmaker Sam Raimi, who you might recognize as the name behind the supernatural cult horror film Evil Dead.
The new Chevy ad features one of those stereotypical, scared-but-clueless characters that you might find in horror films—usually one of those who are first to run to their death in a remarkable display of lack of survival instincts.
This time, though, she does survive, thanks to the audience’s warnings—which, the ad points out, are not unlike the warnings the all-new 2016 Chevy Cruze and Malibu will give you when you aren’t paying attention to danger on the road.
Part of the formula that is sure to propel the Cadillac CT6 to automotive stardom seems like a contradiction. The new CT6 will be large enough to easily compete with the larger luxury sedans from the across the pond. Yet, the new Cadillac will also be lighter than is typical for the class.
Cadillac is able to pull off this particular magic trick by using aluminum in the underbody design. The new CT6 features aluminum body panels as well as aluminum die-castings. The lighter weight translates to better fuel economy and better response and handling.
Beyond the use of aluminum, there are plenty more innovative feature on the Cadillac CT6. A high-definition camera monitor comes standard, strategically placed in the rearview mirror. There’s also a Bose premium sound system, tuned specially for the cabin of the CT6.
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen summed up nicely what is sure to make the new Cadillac CT6 great. “The CT6 is an entirely new approach to prestige luxury, adding driving dynamics and technology while reducing the bulk of traditional large sedans.”
For many, many reasons, people are not supposed to use cell phones while driving, as we all know very well. However, we also know that we still need to be connected to our phones while we drive. Fortunately, technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are making that a safe and accessible reality now by allowing you to synchronize your phone with the car’s infotainment system.
These new technologies will be available on select 2016 GMC models, especially the Canyon, Yukon, and Sierra. “GMC IntelliLink is taking another step forward with this simple and intuitive functionality that makes phones and vehicles work better together,” Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, said. “Like other GMC features, from OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and active safety features, it’s technology designed to enhance the driving experience without intruding on it.”
CarPlay will be available on those select vehicles right from the beginning of the 2016 model year, followed by Android Auto capability later in the 2016 model run. Come see us here at Wiesner of Huntsville to learn more about these technologies, our great vehicles, and all the apps CarPlay and Android Auto support!
For the 2016 model year, Chevrolet will offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility in 14 models, including the all-new 2016 Cruze that will be available at Wiesner of Huntsville by the end of June.
That will put Chevrolet ahead of the competition by offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility in more vehicles than any other automotive brand.
The technology will be accessible via Chevy’s 7-inch MyLink infotainment system (and 8-inch version that will be compatible with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year).
“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. “Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”
The move once again makes Chevrolet one of the first brands to introduce new customer-centric innovations (e.g. Siri Eyes Free functionality). Chevrolet and GM also offer OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot. In other words, if technology and staying connected are important to you, you’ve just got to get a Chevy! See us today at Wiesner of Huntsville for yours!