Plug and play: how your smartphone will call the shots

The Vauxhall Adam’s interior features a new infotainment system that will stop in-car technology from becoming outdated and obsolete soon after the car leaves the showroom.

The as-yet-unnamed system has as its focal point a large, seven-inch touchscreen in the centre console, but it doesn’t include any typical infotainment features, such 
as sat-nav.

Instead, the driver plugs a smartphone into the system and the operating system is mirrored on screen. It is then possible to play and control apps — such as music, video and navigation — on screen.

This means that the driver is not lumbered with a sat-nav that uses outdated maps, or a music or video player that plays unsupported formats, because the in-car infotainment capabilities will update with their phone.

Car manufacturers have long spoken of their frustrations that the typical seven-year model cycle of a car means that they cannot keep pace with the fast-moving technology industry with in-car entertainment. The new Vauxhall system addresses this issue.

Vauxhall says the top-of-the-range system will initially be compatible with Android and Apple iOS operating systems. It’s likely to cost less than £300. A CD/radio with USB and aux-in ports and Bluetooth will still be standard on all models, regardless of whether or not the new system has been chosen.

Base-spec models will get a smaller screen with a simpler display that will only be able to play music from a smartphone. 

As is clear in this picture, the Adam’s interior has great scope for customisation. Various different fabrics and trims can be chosen in a variety of colours. Even things such as the headlining can be specified with individualist touches, such as the LED ‘starlight’ roof shown here.

High-end interior options include a heated steering wheel, the first time that a car in the Adam’s segment can be specified with one. 

The four-seat interior of the Adam is expected to be more spacious than that of the Fiat 500. The rear bench features a 50/50 split. 

Our Verdict

Adam competes in the growing ranks of premium superminis

Is the Vauxhall Adam special enough to provide an answer to the Fiat 500 and Mini, or merely an exercise in style and marketing?

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11 July 2012

You can tell that it was designed by a board room and not an artist.

11 July 2012

You can tell that it was designed by a board room and not an artist.

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