Archive for May 8th, 2008|Daily archive page

Sync for Kia

Kia is a vehicle that keeps impressing me at every turn. Have you heard about the new Sync system? It is a voice activated MP3 system for automobiles. Who is the second automaker to offer this system in the United State? Keep readin, I’m impressed.

From the Associated Press-

(AP) Microsoft Corp. has signed a worldwide deal with automakers Hyundai and Kia to use its in-car software that allows people to use voice commands to control personal music players and telephones.

Microsoft’s exclusive, one-year agreement with Ford Motor Co. for offering Microsoft Auto in the U.S. expires in November. Ford’s system, called “Sync,” connects mobile phones, iPods or MP3 players to the car’s audio system.

Fiat sells cars with the software outside the U.S.

Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors will be entitled to sell cars equipped with Microsoft Auto around the world starting in November, but the companies are working on new capabilities and probably won’t be ready this fall, said Velle Kolde, senior product manager for Microsoft Auto.

Kolde wouldn’t say what types of features Hyundai and Kia may add but said the software could include navigation and an emergency call service activated when air bags inflate.

“What specific features you see will be tailored toward the types of vehicles they go into,” Kolde said.

The two Asian automakers also will tailor features to geography and needs of each country where their cars are sold, he said.

Microsoft is now free to license the software to other automakers as well.

Nissan Car Show

This past weekend was the annual Dick Scott Nissan car show. I had the opportunity to work at the event the last two years and had a blast both years. This year we had local members of the Z Car Club of America and the newly formed Nissan Infiniti Owners of Detroit club come out. It was a pretty good turn out. One of their members had this to say about us ->

I want to thank all the great people at Dick Scott Nissan for their hospitality on Saturday May 3rd. The Nissan show that they sponsored was great. It is wonderful to see a Nissan dealership that cares for the Z Heritage as well as the wonderful Nissan car family.

Nissan makes exceptional products. What makes a show wonderful is the fine host as well as the personalities of the individual car owners. Seeing older Z’s, 80’s and 90’s Z’s, 350 Z’s, 240sxs, Maximas, and Titans gives us a well rounded experience of the Nissan family.

I live 500 yards from a Nissan dealership in Grand Rapids, but I would buy a car from Dick Scott Nissan. The staff is interested in Z history. They also are very hospitable and friendly. It is difficult to show my Z’s in Michigan. Car shows are starting to have foreign car categories at their show events. It was special to see over 30 cars at your fine dealership. We love to share stories and all the unique features of our cars. That is what makes us “Z” owners special.

NIO-Detroit has a new website. Our club is new and always looking for fresh ideas and new people to join us in future events. The Z Car Club of America is having a couple of wonderful shows this year. The National Z show is in Cleveland the end of September. Check the site for more info. The Windy City Z car club is sponsoring the Midwest Heritage show the first weekend in Chicago. Should be lots of fun!

Thanks again to the staff and management of Dick Scott Nissan. We all had a fun day! Nissan needs more dealers like you!!!

Steve C. Kentwood, Michigan

1971 Datsun 240Z
1986 Nissan 300Zx 2+2

Check out this video of the event: