June 13, 2003

Chrysler offers new Bluetooth-enabled hands-free communications system

Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Chrysler Group announced UConnect, its in-vehicle, hands-free, voice-activated communications system. The Chrysler Group is the first North American automaker to offer its customers a Bluetooth-enabled automotive application.

“Chrysler Group’s UConnect system is hands-free, affordable and easy-to-use,” said Jack Withrow, Director, Vehicle Entertainment and Communications for the Chrysler Group. “UConnect allows each customer to have just one communication device with one telephone number. It’s appropriate technology that’s in touch with our customers. UConnect is all about safety, freedom and flexibility.”

UConnect is available as a Mopar dealer-installed offering on the following 2004 model year vehicles:

  • Chrysler – PT Cruiser, 300M, Concorde, Pacifica, Sebring Coupe, Sebring Sedan, Town & Country:
  • Dodge – Stratus Coupe, Stratus Sedan, Neon, Intrepid, Caravan, Grand Caravan, Dakota, Durango, Ram:
  • Jeep – Liberty, Grand Cherokee.

In the U.S.A., UConnect debuts in the third quarter as a factory-installed option on the all-new 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. Factory-installation is $275. The cost for the dealer-installed version of UConnect is $299 (suggested retail price) plus labour.

UConnect features the following:

  • Voice dialing – Voice commands can be used to digit-dial the phone or access pre-stored voice tags;
  • Audio address book – Enables customers to store up to 32 names, four numbers per name, for a total of 128 phone numbers;
  • Audio system mute – Mutes the microphone for privacy;
  • Call transfer – Allows the customer to transfer a call from the vehicle’s system to the mobile phone;
  • Communicates in three languages – French, Spanish, English; and
  • Multi-phone recognition – Up to five phones can be used within the vehicle’s system.

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