Did you know that neither the Chevrolet Sonic nor its smaller brother, the Chevrolet Spark, have a CD player? What does Chevrolet expect you to listen to, AM radio?
No, actually. In gearing both cars for a younger generation, Chevrolet expects most drivers will choose from satellite radio, MP3 players, or streaming apps like Pandora and Stitcher. Making its introduction at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas, Chevrolet is bringing TuneIn to its two subcompacts, allowing listeners to pick up any number of more than 70,000 radio stations broadcasted around the world.
“We listened to customers around the world when we developed MyLink for Spark and Sonic, and we believe TuneIn will be a big hit with those who crave customized connectivity and entertainment,” said Cristi Landy, director, Chevrolet small cars and electric vehicles, in a statement. “Our Spark and Sonic buyers will have a fantastic solution for tuning in to their favorite radio stations from around the world.”
The TuneIn works through MyLink Radio, which is a version of Chevrolet’s MyLink designed especially for the Chevrolet Sonic and Spark. A free app, TuneIn can be used with iPhone, Android, Blackberry, and some other smartphones, allowing the user to listen to whatever he or she chooses from around the world. In addition, the Chevrolet Sonic and Spark have a paid app called BringGo that works as a full-function navigation system through the cars’ integrated screens. Chevrolet has made many of the functions in the Sonic and Spark’s infotainment systems into downloadable apps to bring down costs to young, tech-savvy consumers.
The last app Chevrolet is bringing to both cars through MyLink is Siri Eyes Free, which uses Apple’s Siri technology and runs the phone through the cars’ Bluetooth systems, but does not display websites or anything that may distract the driver.
TuneIn, BringGo, and Siri Eyes Free all work exclusively through Sonics and Sparks equipped with their versions of MyLink: the Spark LT, Sonic LTZ, Sonic RS as standard equipment. It’s also available in the Sonic LS and LT and will come as standard equipment in the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV, which will be going on sale during summer.