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General Motors has announced that the automaker is reducing the price of its optional navigation system in the Chevrolet Cruze by 50 percent. Buyers who wait for the 2012 model will enjoy an upgraded system for the lowly price of $995, or around $800 more than an excellent on-dash aftermarket nav. The new kit comes with a touch-screen interface and better resolution than the old screen, though users will still be able to make use of physical knobs on the dash to make their selections if they so desire.

According to USA Today, much of the savings comes from the fact that engineers scrapped the 10-gig hard-drive based nav for an SD-based memory system. As a side effect, drivers will no longer be able to pause or record live radio. Seems like a sacrifice that's well worth $1,000 to us. Expect to see the new nav available on 2LT, LTZ and Eco models when the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze arrives on dealer lots later this month.


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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Its moving in the right direction and fairly "cheap" for a built-in nav system, but that's still way too expensive. When the heck are automakers going to realize that unless the system is around $300-400 its simply overpriced?? For about $300 I would consider it if its got a nice screen, fast updates and good physical buttons/knobs that I can control by touch without having to take my eyes off the road. If its much more than that, its a complete waste of money in my opinion.
      Walt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Competition is lowering the price of these systems, but I agree they still cost to much. I've driven cross country several times with a Google Map equipped smartphone. No need to constantly update map software with Google Maps because it streams to my phone. Yes there are times when there is no 3G/4G signal, but enough of the map is stored in memory as you drive that you can continue to navigate with the section of road that has already been downloaded to your phone. In the past I used a Garmin, but what a joke. It was fine for around town navigation, but cross country I used to call it "another Garmin Goose Chase" when it would consistently take me off the freeway and through some "interesting" countryside. The in-car system I'd actually buy would display Google Map navigation powered via my smartphone and it would have cost $250 or less.
        brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Walt
        "I've driven cross country several times with a Google Map equipped smartphone." People have driven across country without GPS and Smartphones for the past 50-some-odd years... ...it's amazing how helpful roadsigns are - and the Rand McNally Road Atlas is still only $13.95 http://store.randmcnally.com/road-atlas/2012-rand-mcnally-road-atlas.html
          Walt
          • 3 Years Ago
          @brian
          So tell me, how did you get your message to upload from your typewriter? LOL! Yes, I still carry a Rand McNally for reference, but a smartphone equipped with Google Navigate makes it so much easier to be in the correct lane when merging to or from another freeway, especially in city traffic. "In one half mile, exit - left - onto U.S. 80 East". Priceless.
      oleg
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks good
      All Rights Reserved
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dang, GM is really ramping up the advertising here at Autoblog.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Blake
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, what cars have 5 spoke wheels anymore? Boy am I glad THAT ridiculous fad is over! Durrf.
          spa2nky1
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Blake
          Steelies and plastic wheel covers FTW!
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meanwhile VW is busy perfecting the 2.0 8 valve from 1980.
        brian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Meanwhile, tantareanujellob continues to beat a dead horse...
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      Biggest rip-off in the automotive industry. As consumers, we pay for the convenience and looks of having it included and wrapping it in the monthly payment. Unfortunatley, they're ridiculously overpriced and usually 3 years behind what we can get in the aftermarket.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tritonstrategies
        Oh look, Simple Car is back...
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car already looks dated... must be the color.. or headlights...
        Todd Fleming
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        simply put your crazy! this car looks fantastic coming from GM. Its style is going to live for a long time. I would say GM did a great job making the car timeless. Unlike the New Hyundai's. Those will look very dated in a few years, there's too much design, too many lines, its just not clean enough. Along with the focus, the front end is going to look horrible in 5 years.
      Justin
      • 3 Years Ago
      an ECO Cruz will be in my driveway very soon. I test drove one, damn nice car!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
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        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm a big GM fan, but let's not get ahead of ourselves here.
      Dawgz83948
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm a grand for a 10gb 2.5" hdd. Last I checked 128gb SSD HDD was only about $200.
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