Siri to feature in new Chevrolet models

The Chevrolet Aveo and Cruze will both be available with voice-activated Siri technology as well as the MyLink touchscreen system from next month.

The Siri Apple personal assistant will be a new feature in the two models as well as in the brand new Trax small SUV when it goes on sale later in the spring and it will enable drivers to carry out numerous tasks while still keeping their eyes on the road.

Siri is taking hands-free functionality in cars to a new level with its Eyes Free mode, which allows motorists to interact with their iPhones using just their voice and making sure that the screen does not light up.

The iPhone connects to the MyLink radio via Bluetooth and drivers only need to press the steering wheel voice activation button to start and finish sessions with Siri in the new mode.

The technology can be used to make voice-activated calls, play songs in iTunes, change music sources automatically from AM/FM radio to iPod mode and listen to, compose and send an iMessage or text to any phone number or saved contact.

Current Aveo and Cruze owners who have the Chevrolet MyLink connected radio do not have to miss out on the new technology either as they have the option to upgrade their systems for Siri capability in the near future.

Meanwhile, Chevrolet's brand new Spark Electric Vehicle will be unveiled in front of a European audience for the first time ever at the Geneva Motor Show this year after it made its worldwide debut in Los Angeles last year.

The battery-powered mini car will be sold in certain European markets in 2014 and is predicted to a leading performer among urban city electric cars thanks to one of the most advanced electric motor and battery system General Motors has ever produced.

Managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, Susan Docherty, thinks it will be a particular success in Europe's most technologically advanced markets.

She added that it is "nimble" and "fun to drive" as well as having zero emissions and she believes it is "a proof point for Chevrolet's ingenuity" and will play an integral role in the company's progress in the months and years to come.

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