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Holden Cruze adds satellite navigation

Posted on: August 17, 2013 by Platinum Direct

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Holden’s range topping Cruze Sri-V sedan and hatch now offer buyers the addition of integrated satellite navigation. Developed in conjunction with the new Holden VF Commodore MyLink system, customers taking delivery of a Cruze SRi-V will now receive integrated navigation as a standard feature. All new locally-made Holden Cruze variants also now offer voice control which is tuned to the Australian accent, as well as Siri eyes-free integration which enables compatible iPhone owners to perform a number of functions in hands-free mode.

Like VF Commodore, Holden Cruze drivers can have their text messages read out to them while driving and depending on phone type, can reply via touch-screen or voice command.

Executive Director, Sales and Marketing, Philip Brook said adding new technology to the Cruze makes the car better: “We’ve been overwhelmed with the response to the engineering and technology updates we made to the Holden Cruze, since we launched it in March this year. At the time of launch we promised we would add navigation back to the range-topping SRi-V model as soon as we were able. The system has been introduced to VF Commodore which enables us to put it into production for Cruze as well.

“Through the development of the MyLink system in VF Commodore, we’re also able to add Australian-tuned voice recognition across the entire line up, adding world-class voice control functionality to the already-impressive MyLink in-car entertainment system.” He said.

Just like MyLink in the new VF Commodore, the voice control in Holden Cruze has been enhanced with a system that has been tuned to the Australian accent to deliver high-accuracy speech recognition for Australian drivers.

Through voice control, Cruze drivers can select a music track, switch between embedded apps, listen and reply to text messages, dial a contact, or via iPhone, instruct Siri to perform a range of tasks in eyes-free mode.

To activate voice control, the driver presses to push-to-talk button on the steering wheel and can state a number of commands including “navigation,” “play artist,” “dial,” “tune Pandora” or “read SMS.”

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