April 5, 2012 6:40 AM
The 2012 Chrysler 300 picked up some hardware Wednesday for its
software – and other components of its Uconnect Touch
in-vehicle connectivity system.
Connected World magazine has named the 300 “Connected
Car of the Year” among mid-size offerings.
President/Editorial Director Peggy Smedley and Chief Editor Mike
Carrozzo and presented the award here at the New York International
Auto Show to Marios Zenios, Head of Connectivity and Infotainment,
and Klaus Busse, Head of Interior Design.
“Sophisticated touch controls and voice-controlled options
with Uconnect Touch enable you to, among other features, call up
your favorite playlist, for example, simply by saying the
words,” the magazine says in its March/April issue.
Interior design head Klaus Busse, left, and Connected World
Chief Editor Mike Carrozzo, right, look on as the magazine’s
President/Editorial Director Peggy Smedley presents the award for
“Connected Car of the Year” to Marios Zenios, Head of
Connectivity and Infotainment.
Connected World also touts Uconnect’s ability to deliver
Wi-Fi capability at 3G broadband speeds. “The Chrysler 300 is
prepared to carry on the carmaker’s philosophy of building
revolutionary cars with innovation and forward-thinking
engineering,” the magazine adds.
On accepting the award, Zenios said: “It reinforces our
emphasis on user-friendly interface development.”
Zenios also promised Chrysler’s new, next-generation
in-vehicle connectivity system – Uconnect Access – will
deliver more of the kind of capability that resonated with
Connected World’s editors.
Uconnect Access was unveiled here in the ’13 SRT Viper. It
connects vehicle occupants to emergency services and provides more
information and entertainment with enhanced graphics.
But the system retains Uconnect’s trademark user-friendly
interface, which belies the system’s sophistication.
“It’s not easy to design something simple,”
Published six times a year, Connected World covers technology
trends from the perspective of the young, upwardly mobile
Integrating the first eight-speed automatic transmission in a
domestic luxury sedan, the new 2012 Chrysler 300 sedans offer
world-class technological innovation and quality – while
delivering stylistic distinction and premium E-segment sedan
features at a legendary value.
Available with all-wheel drive, Chrysler 300 features the
segment’s most advanced AWD system for maximum all-weather
traction, efficiency and best-in-class V-6 AWD fuel economy: 18
city and 27 highway mpg.