Chevrolet Cruze App Allows Owners To Connect by Remote

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Just the Facts:
  • Cruze will feature a smartphone app that allows drivers to control numerous functions by remote.
  • Chevy Connect works through GM’s OnStar.
  • It will also be available on the majority of 2011 Chevrolet models, including the Chevrolet Volt, as well as Buick, Cadillac and GMC models.


DETROIT — The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, which goes on sale next week, will feature a smartphone application through General Motors’ OnStar that allows the owner to check the fuel gauge, lock and unlock the car, set off the horn and lights alarm and perform onboard diagnostics, such as checking tire pressure, by remote.

The Chevy Connect feature will be available at the end of September, company executives told reporters during a test-drive of their new compact car in Birmingham, Michigan, today.

Company executives also reported that they had received word from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency within the past 24 hours that the Chevrolet Cruze Eco version, equipped with an automatic transmission, would achieve highway mileage of the targeted 36 mpg. The Cruze Eco with a manual transmission has not been certified yet by the EPA but is targeted to achieve 40 mpg.

The Cruze Eco models go into production in December and go on sale after the first of the year.

The mobile app on the Cruze will also be available on the majority of 2011 Chevrolet models, including the upcoming Chevrolet Volt (http://www.insideline.com/chevrolet/volt/2011/white-house-chevy-volt-pricing-decision-didnt-come-from-us.html), as well as Buick, Cadillac and GMC models.

Inside Line says: An enticing feature for a car in that price range. — Michelle Krebs, Edmunds.com Senior Analyst and Editor at Large

via Chevrolet Cruze App Allows Owners To Connect by Remote.

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