Chevrolet integrates Siri into 2013 Spark and Sonic

Article by Anita Panait, on November 27, 2012

Chevrolet will integrate Siri into the US version of the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic in early 2013, the carmaker announced during the Los Angeles International Auto Show. Through the Spark and Sonic’s standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, customers with a compatible iPhone -- 4S or newer -- running iOS 6 can instruct Siri to perform a number of tasks while they are driving, allowing them to focus their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.

To reduce distraction, Siri comes with an Eyes Free mode that allows users to interact with their iPhone just through their voices while keeping the device's screen from lighting up. To start the operation, a user could just simply connect their iPhone with the MyLink radio via Bluetooth. Once paired with the system, the user should use the steering wheel voice activation button to start and end sessions with Siri in Eyes Free mode.

Both the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic are endowed with six months of OnStar's premium Directions and Connections service. OnStar’s services like Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostics and Roadside Assistance ensure that both the Chevrolet Spark and Sonic are safe, secured and connected.

According to Chevrolet, it was with the Cruze that the brand managed to grab a foothold in the small car segment. One reason was that it came in a more-than-expected value. The brand is hoping that it will experience this again with the Spark considering that this latest model was made in order to challenge how people view an affordable mini car in terms of feel, drive, and appearance.

Upgraded features in the new Spark include the chrome brightwork that can be seen on the beltline. There is also chrome brightwork on the trim of the liftgate handle. Then there is the matching rocker panel moulding and the details placed around its fog lamps and even on the poke-through exhaust outlet.

Though it is clear that the wheels of the Spark have been placed at the corners, this is highlighted even more by the alloy 15-inch wheels. When it comes to style, there were also changes done to the exterior. On the front, there is the new fascia and grille along with the improved headlamps. In the rear, the fascia is longer with the taillamps modified as well.

To help with aerodynamics, the outside rearview mirrors were redesigned as well. Looking at the Spark, it has the appearance of a three-door hatch and this is because the design team was able to hide the rear doors. Specifically, the designers integrated the door handles to the region of the C-pillar. Because of this, the Spark gets that athletic look but not at the expense of the utility and comfort offered by a four-door model.

Just above the rear hatch door, a spoiler has been incorporated which improve the already dynamic look of this model. In addition, it enhances the aerodynamics and thus improves fuel efficiency. In terms of color, the traditional ones are still there like Black Granite, Summit White, Grey Area, and Silver Ice. The new choices are Denim, Jalapeno, Lemonade, Salsa, and Techno Pink.

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