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New OnStar Guardian app untethers users from vehicle, lets them retain services

A new app fro OnStar is complementary for many current OnStar customers.

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The power of OnStar is now more wide-ranging than before. General Motors, the parent company of OnStar, has launched a new aspect of its OnStar Guardian app.

With OnStar Guardian, members with active OnStar service plans and up to seven of their family members and friends can access critical OnStar safety services from their compatible phones, whether they're at home, out walking, or traveling in any vehicle, regardless of brand, age or ownership.

OnStar Guardian App The app brings the convenience of OnStar technology to a mobile device.Photo courtesy of General Motors

Features of the app include mobile crash response, roadside assistance, emergency services, and location status.

  • Mobile crash response - When you need to travel, the OnStar Guardian app brings Mobile Crash Response to any vehicle you or your loved ones are in. The Guardian app is designed to use your smartphone's sensors to help detect a crash and alert an Emergency-Certified OnStar advisor, who can connect with first responders. Mobile Crash Response services can connect you to an OnStar advisor automatically on Android devices only.
  • Roadside assistance - If you or your loved ones need to be on the road and need a jump, have a flat or get locked out, use the OnStar Guardian app to request Roadside Assistance for any vehicle.
  • Emergency services -The red Emergency button in the app provides access to OnStar Emergency-Certified advisors, who are available 24/7. These advisors are certified by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch and can assess a situation, contact 911 as needed, provide critical medical instruction and stay on the line until help arrives.
  • Location status - OnStar members and the loved ones they choose can share their location with the entire group in the "My Family" section of the app. Members can have added peace of mind and see locations of their loved ones, based on the location of their smartphone, right in the app.

General Motors is expanding the power of OnStar from the vehicle to the smartphone with a new mobile app for OnStar members in the United States and Canada, available complimentary for six months if members redeem the offer by Friday, July 31, 2020.

OnStar members can check their eligibility and redeem the complimentary OnStar Guardian offer at: onstar.com/guardian.

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The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.

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Dodge's trio of fresh horsepower hellions is rounded out by the 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, a 797-horsepower car that is the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.

The exterior of the model is a Charger Widebody, complete with 3.5 inches of width, which alloss for proper space for the car's wide wheels and tires. It rides on standard 20-inch-by-11-inch Lightweight Carbon Black wheels wrapped on Pirelli 305/35ZR20 tires. Three-season wheels are also available.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye The car has a revised, functional hood scoop.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The front of the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye features a mail-slot grille. Side sills connect the front and rear fascias.

Thirteen different exterior colors are available including: F8 Green, Frostbite, Go Mango, Granite Crystal, Hellraisin, IndiGo Blue, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Sinamon Stick, Smoke Show, TorRed, Triple Nickel, and White Knuckle.

The Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye has a top speed of 203 mph (7 mph higher than the standard Charger SRT Hellcat), which it reaches thanks to its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8. The engine also achieves 707 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. That all sits. below a freshly fashioned performance hood.

Dodge has given the model an upgraded torque converter, which gives the car an 18-percent increase in torque multiplication.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Dodge has given the model a number of upgrades over the traditional Charger.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

"The Charger is a big, comfortable, five-passenger sedan that can run the quarter-mile in the mid-10s, 0-60 in the mid 3s and reach a top speed of 203 mph, and be your daily driver," said said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. The Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye runs 1.2 seconds faster than the Charger SRT Hellcat on a 2.1-mile road course, equal to about seven car lengths after one lap.

Like its Demon relative, the Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye's engine has 25 major component upgrades a larger supercharger, strengthened connecting rods and pistons, larger induction air box, two dual-stage fuel pumps, high-speed valve train, fuel injection system, SRT Power Chiller, After-Run Chiller, and improved lubrication system.

The cabin's dashboard is centered by an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen, which includes performance pages where owners can monitor the vehicles' performance on and off the track.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye The interior features standard Laguna leather seats.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The standard Laguna leather seats are embossed with the SRT Hellcat logo. Buyers can add the Alcantara Appearance Package which adds Alcantara upholstery and retains the embossed logo. Seats are stitched with silver thread.

The interior is accented by Light Black Chrome material and it features a Gunmetal SRT Hellcat instrument panel badge. Additionally, the car gets a red speedometer, Light Black Chrome instrument panel badge with SRT Hellcat Redeye logo, SRT Hellcat Redeye logo splash screen, and SRT Hellcat Redeye logo on the key fobs.

The Carbon & Suede Package, available on Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, adds real carbon fiber accents to the instrument panel and console bezels and Dinamica suede headliner, sun visors and A-pillars.

Dodge sells the model in six interior color combinations: black, black/caramel, black/Demonic Red, black/houndstooth, black/Ruby Red, and black/sepia.

2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye The rear of the model features familiar Dodge Charger design.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Dealer orders open for 2021 Dodge Charger models this autumn and vehicles are scheduled to start arriving in dealerships in early 2021

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The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA will go on sale later this year.

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Mercedes is giving the redesigned GLA a $2,000 price bump. The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA features fresh design inside and out, along with the latest infotainment system the company offers.

The GLA is the smallest SUV in the Mercedes-Benz lineup. It competes directly against the Audi Q3 and BMW X1. It slots below the new GLB in the lineup.

Mercedes-AMG has developed a performance-focused version of the GLA, the GLA 45. More information on that model can be found here.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA The refreshed 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLA focuses on value, gets new car wash functionality. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The 2021 GLA is taller and wider than its predecessor as well as having a longer wheelbase. Those fresh dimensions give the model more front headroom, rear legroom, and cargo space than the previous model.

The GLA will be sold in GLA 250 and GLA 250 4MATIC variants. 4MATIC is the Mercedes name for all-wheel drive. Both models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that produces 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, a 13-horsepower improvement over the 2020 model. The engine is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Mercedes has given the GLA a roster of desirable standard equipment including LED headlamps and taillamps, 18-inch wheels, a 7.0-inch driver information display, and 7.0-inch infotainment touch screen.

The model has the new Mercedes MBUX infotainment interface with smartphone integration. It features a customizable display, learning-capable software, and Voice Control with natural language recognition. A full-color head-up display and augmented video for navigation are standard.

The GLA will arrive at U.S. dealerships in mid-2020. The 2021 GLA 250 will start at $36,230 and the GLA 250 4MATIC is priced from $38,230. The prices exclude a $1,050 destination and delivery charge.

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