2014 Chevrolet Malibu Offers Hands-Free Texting

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Offers Hands-Free Texting






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Oshawa, Ontario (October 23, 2013) New technologies help the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu deliver greater connectivity and efficiency, two of the most important considerations for customers of midsize sedans.

“With today’s concerns across Canada about smart phones being a distraction on our roads, Chevrolet’s new MyLink system helps keep drivers’ hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, where they should be,” said Rob Assimakopoulos, general director of marketing and communications for Chevrolet in Canada. “Combine MyLink with our new segment-first, standard stop/start technology and this new Malibu is a smarter choice in the competitive midsize sedan segment.”

New connectivity features support safer driving

The available Chevrolet MyLink for the 2014 Malibu delivers enhanced connectivity and convenience, with the new Text-to-Voice feature for smartphone users and Siri for iPhone users. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity.

Text-to-Voice converts incoming messages to speech, reads them over the audio system speakers and allows the driver to reply with preset messages such as, “I’m driving and will contact you later.” Users can create and save their own preset messages when the vehicle is in Park. The feature requires a compatible smartphone with Bluetooth profile and applicable text messaging features.

Driver safety is General Motors’ first priority. A driver’s focus should remain on driving and texting can usually wait. So, only text and drive with this voice system and never text using a handheld device while driving.

Segment-first standard stop/start technology

A new Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine is the first standard engine in the segment with stop/start technology. It helps owners conserve fuel by automatically shutting off the engine when the car comes to a stop, such as at stoplights, contributing to an NRCan fuel consumption rating of 8.0 L/100km in the city and 5.3 L/100km on the highway – a 13-percent improvement in city fuel consumption and 7 percent greater highway efficiency.

The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake. It’s the industry’s most refined and simplest stop/start system, with no buttons to push or procedures to learn, for a seamless driving experience.

Additionally, the 196-horsepower (146 kW) dual overhead cam, or DOHC, engine features variable intake valve lift control, or iVLC, which enhances fuel efficiency, while also enhancing low-rpm torque, for a greater feeling of power at lower speeds. It is matched with a six-speed transmission with improvements that enable additional fuel economy savings – and a more refined driving experience – compared to the previous model. 

The 2014 Malibu is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, with a starting MSRP in Canada of $24,995 (same as the outgoing 2013 model) excluding a $1,600 destination charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional features. All models include a two-year scheduled maintenance program, which covers four oil changes.

About Chevrolet in Canada

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.ca, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chevroletcanada or by following @ChevroletCanada on Twitter.