AOL Autos Announces Its Inaugural Technology of the Year Award Winner

  AOL Autos Announces Its Inaugural Technology of the Year Award Winner

Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access Lauded for Excellence in Emerging Technology
                               and Ease of Use

2013 International CES

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 9, 2013

AOL Autos, one of the Internet's leading automotive research and news sites,
today announced Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access as the winner of its
Technology of the Year Award at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics
Show (CES). Announced at CES in 2012, this one-of-a-kind award is designed to
give shoppers a clear grasp of which emerging technologies provide a positive
or negative impact on the ownership experience and vehicle safety, and
separates the truly significant, consumer-beneficial advancements from the
hyperbole of "new and better."

AOL Autos will give away a Uconnect-equipped 2013 Dodge Dart Limited in
celebration of Uconnect's Te ...

AOL Autos will give away a Uconnect-equipped 2013 Dodge Dart Limited in
celebration of Uconnect's Technology of the Year award win. For a chance to
win, and additional details, register at by January
25 at 5pm EST. A winner will be publicly announced in February. (Photo:
Business Wire)

“A vehicle’s quality has long been decided on by its design, engine
performance, fit and finish, but as technology becomes more prevalent in our
lives, this award aims to determine quality by how well in-car connectivity
and feature controls work,” said David Kiley, editor-in-chief of AOL Autos.
“It’s one thing to conceive a solution to a problem through technology, but
Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access has done it in such a way that drivers find
intuitive and easy to use. We’re excited for Chrysler to be the inaugural
winner of Technology of the Year and look forward to this year’s new
offerings. It should be another great showing.”

Uconnect Access offers one-button emergency assistance, voice-controlled text
messaging, the ability to monitor a vehicle’s performance, and a smartphone
app that allows locked doors to be opened when keys are locked inside. For
drivers who’ve lost track of their vehicles in crowded parking lots, Uconnect
Access flashes the headlights. There’s a voice-activated, Bing-powered search
app to help locate points of interest, specific destinations, restaurants and
gas, as well as an on-demand wireless hot-spot to enjoy connectivity while on
the go.

“We’re grateful for this recognition of our efforts to keep the Uconnect
system on the forefront of technology while assuring that it is easy to use by
the full range of customers,” said Mark Chernoby, Chrysler Group LLC Senior
Vice President-Engineering. “Uconnect systems play a vital role in our
vehicles because they enable our customers to stay connected while assuring
the ability to focus on the most important task, which is driving.”

In November 2012, after extensive evaluation, six Technology of the Year Award
finalists were announced in three categories: Telematics: Cadillac Cue and
Audi connect with Google Maps Street View; Connectivity: Chrysler Uconnect
Access and MyFord Mobile; and Active Safety: Nissan Tire Pressure Alert &
Refill System and Honda LaneWatch™. The winner was determined by a panel of 15
expert judges, as well as a poll of nearly 20,000 AOL Autos readers. Among the
Technology of the Year’s expert judges were AOL Autos editor-in-chief David
Kiley; Autoblog editor-in-chief John Neff; Engadget editor-in-chief Tim
Stevens; AOL Autos senior editor Sharon Silke Carty; Autoblog executive editor
Chris Paukert; Engadget mobile editor Myriam Joire; and AOL Autos contributor
Lauren “The Car Coach” Fix.

The award’s panel of expert judges remarked on how well Uconnect Access
features, such as the wireless hotspot, voice-activated Bing-powered
navigation searches, and phone pairing, operated. Chrysler Group’s system,
upgraded for the 2013 Ram 1500 and SRT Viper, beat out five other finalists
and more than thirty original qualified nominees of new or substantially
upgraded technology available in vehicles on sale between September 1, 2011
and September 30, 2012.

To give readers a chance to try the Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access, AOL
Autos will give away a2013 Dodge Dart Limited equipped with Uconnect. For a
chance to win the Uconnect-equipped Dodge Dart, and additional details, now and January 25 by 5pm EST to
register. A winner will be publicly announced in February.

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About Chrysler Group LLC

Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance
with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT and Fiat
vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide
distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance
builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter
P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to
its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features
some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and
Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler, all-new Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand
Cherokee SRT8 and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms
and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to
offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.

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