Living in New York City, many people think most families use public transportation. That's only partly true. Many NYC area families own and drive cars around the city and on the weekends for family trips. For these driving families certain features are important in the cars being used day to day. When I was invited by General Motors / Chevrolet to tour their section at the New York Auto Show, I was beyond excited.
Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC all had new vehicles to debut and while touring their show section, I would get the chance to learn what made their vehicles stand out, ask any related questions I had and best of all get to sit in the cars!
Before the tour I joined a group of other bloggers to meet with Mary Barra, GM's Global Director of Digital and Social Engagements and David Lyon, Chevrolet Executive Director of Interior Design.
Both Mary and David highlighted some of the features we should look out for when looking at the cars. Real thought went into the whole design of the cars to suit the lifestyles of the drivers using them.
The first tour started with the Chevrolet Impala which introduces new levels of comfort, refinement and technology. Highlights include:
- All-new exterior design the features a sleek , sculpted body sides, standard 18-inch wheels and projector-beam headlamps, with HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps standard on LTZ models
- All-new interior with flowing design and integrated center stack that incorporates an available eight-inch touch screen display with available Chevrolet MyLink, which includes Bluetooth audio streaming and available navigation among many other features.
- 360 degrees of active safety features with 10 standard air bags and OnStar, along with available features including full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear camera and rear-park assist.
Next the Chevrolet Traverse has class-leading spaciousness, comfortable and flexible seating for up to eight adults, and more cargo-carrying capacity than any other vehicle in its segment.
Traverse’s second-row seat comes with a pair of captain’s chairs or a three-passenger bench. Each incorporates Traverse’s child-friendly, second-row SmartSlide feature that enables unobstructed access to the third-row bench seat with one hand – and is easy for children to operate.
The Traverse is among the safest vehicles on the road today, previously earning top honors and recognition from leading third-party organizations and in government crash testing. For 2013 its enhanced with the industry’s first front center air bag engineered to provide additional restraint to drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes.
To see how it works check out this slow-motion video, to see the benefits of the 2013 Buick industry-first front center air bag demonstrated. Contact between the driver and passenger is prevented by this new safety feature.
Driver-Passenger with AB-straight on view (Center Airbag) -
After that tour we took a break to learn about OnStar Family Link from Nick Pudar, Director of Sales, Marketing & New Business Development and Vijay Iyer, Communications VP for OnStar.
Then it was time for our next tour where I learned about the Cadillac SRX and it's CUE feature, which is a eight-inch LCD multi-touch sensitive screen, that incorporates touch-screen controls similar to popular mobile devices. CUE pairs entertainment and information data from up to 10 Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices, USBs, SD cards and MP3 players with a vehicle infotainment system through customized information, voice commands and fewer buttons and larger icons.
CUE for the 2013 SRX’s additional features include:
- Standard HD radio
- Bluetooth audio streaming is available for all collections
- New headphone and remote design for the rear-seat entertainment system, which also includes a rear USB port and SD card slot
It's said this 2013 Chevrolet Spark Mini Car is the Key to the City. Oh I think I'm in love! How cute is it! Not only is it stylish but it's an affordable, five-door hatch that lets urban drivers live larger in tight spaces. Features include:
- Available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system includes seven-inch color touch screen
- Fuel-efficient, affordable and maneuverable for young city dwellers
- Integrated safety system including 10 air bags and OnStar
While I could have stayed and drooled at cars all day I needed to head out and pick up my son. All too soon his love of little cars will be a love of big cars. That he wants to drive. Without me. Thanks goodness cars makers like General Motors are keeping drivers and their families safe.
To learn more about General Motors visit - www.gmc.com
To learn more about Chevrolet visit - www.chevrolet.com
Please Note: I was invited as media and received access to the New York Auto Show via General Motors/Chevrolet. No other compensation was received. Views expressed are always 100% my own.