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2008 Dodge Avenger SXT: MyGig in Action

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One feature we were looking forward to experiencing on our own home turf is the Chrysler Group’s voice- or touch-screen-operated MyGig infotainment system. MyGig uses a 20GB hard-drive to manage music, navigation (including real-time traffic capability), space for storing photos, and operating UConnect and Sirius satellite radio. Chrysler Group offers MyGig with the latest Dodge Avenger and Nitro, Chrysler Sebring sedan and convertible, the upcoming minivans, and Jeep Wrangler and new Liberty. Though we first covered MyGig after seeing it in the Chrysler Sebring, we recently spent a few days with a MyGig-equipped 2008 Dodge Avenger SXT.

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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee: New York Auto Show

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New Look, More Features, and New Engine Improve Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee, introduced in its current form for the 2005 model year, gets a new look and updated features for 2008. The new face was formally introduced at the New York Auto Show and goes on sale in fall 2007. Here are the basics.

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If you didn’t like the Grand Cherokee’s look before this change, you aren’t likely to notice or care much about the new nose. If you did like the Grand Cherokee already, you may appreciate the subtly revised look. If you’re looking for some new family-friendly features, you’re likely to appreciate the new SIRIUS Backseat TV and MyGig options. Choosing to do little more on the outside than tweak an already good-looking SUV, Jeep focused on adding features and upgrading the 4.7L V8. While these changes aren’t likely to light a big fire under the Grand Cherokee’s sales line, they can make the vehicle more satisfying for those choosing the new features.


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LA Auto Show – 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertible's Tricks Revealed in Los Angeles

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Just as Chrysler’s latest Sebring sedan is going on sale, the convertible was revealed in Los Angeles, with a little help from actress Jennifer Love Hewitt. The Sebring convertible known and loved by rental fleets everywhere has soldiered on for about ten years without drastic changes, serving as a comfortable touring convertible with room for four plus a little luggage. It is time for a new version, and recent interest in the segment means more competition and a raised bar for success in the field.

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The new Sebring convertible arrives in dealers in early spring 2007, eleven years after the Sebring replaced the LeBaron. Back in 1996, four-seat droptop options were few. Fast forward to 2007. Technology and convenience advances that keep these comfortable all year round and generally higher interest in convertibles has contributed to more offerings. Power retractable hardtops make as easy as pushing a button to drop the top and as comfortable as a fixed roof with the top up. Grand touring convertibles need not be a sacrifice in any weather.
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Chrysler has modernized the Sebring, and an optional power retractable hardtop just one of the new features. Though the loaded Limited pictured includes the hardtop, leather interior, and optional conveniences like MyGig and heated/cooled cupholders, an entry version with a 173HP 2.4L I4 and a vinyl softtop can help keep the rental fleets happy. Sebring will also offer a cloth softtop. Asked why so many top options, Chrysler executives give two reasons. The obvious one is price, but Chrysler’s research also found convertible owners and intenders for whom a hardtop cheats the experience. The hardtop will be optional at all trim levels. All tops are fully power-operated, with no manual lock, and get the hard tonneau covering the top and finishing the car’s overall look.
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MyGIG: Chrysler Puts a Hard Drive in the 2007 Sebring

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Chrysler launches an all-new Sebring this fall and among the new options is a hard-drive navigation system. Other all-new cars with similar systems this fall include Mitsubishi Outlander (see image) and Lexus LS460/460L. Using a hard-drive navigation system, versus DVD or the old CD systems, gets faster navigation recalculation and better graphics and interfaces. But these systems bring an even more fun feature: The ability to store and play audio files from the hard drive. It’s like having a permanent iPod in your car; being a relative newcomer to the iPod world, I’m still enamored of almost all things iPod. All three vehicles arrive in dealers in October and November 2006. MyGIG gets a late introduction, but Chrysler expects availability by the end of 2006.
On behalf of VehicleVoice and AutoPacific, I was among the journalists and analysts with the opportunity to participate in a backgrounder and first-drive opportunity for Sebring (more later this month on the driving impressions). MyGIG first goes in Sebring, followed by Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Nitro. Availability will spread to other Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep models as they are updated and this is the future of Chrysler’s navigation/audio systems.

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The beauty of MyGIG is its integration of features offered independently on other models. MyGIG integrates Sirius radio, UConnect Bluetooth capability, the navigation system, the 20GB hard drive, a USB 2.0 port, and an auxiliary jack for MP3 players. Operation is by voice controls or touch screen. It offers real-time traffic information and can re-route a destination based on that information, depending on preferences set by the driver. Chrysler is not first on the scene with these features, but MyGIG integration takes a significant step forward in performance and affordability. It also pulls Chrysler out of the also-rans into the lead in this department, as their prior GPS navigation was weak at best.
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