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When GM Does it Right- It’s All About the Presets

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Lyndon’s getting to test out the new Chevy Equinox which brings back memories of my 2007 Chevrolet Equinox.  Back then, my loaded Equinox featured a Pioneer-branded stereo system (but I am pretty sure the head unit was sourced from Fujitsu Ten), XM satellite radio (the companies had not merged yet), and a nice blue electrolumiscent display head unit.

It was a nice vehicle (aside from the hideous power window switch location around the shifter- done so they could sell the Equinox in both right-hand-side and left-hand-side markets).  But the novel feature that was most impressive to me was the presets.  It was among the first GM head units with the ability to mix AM, FM, and XM presets adjacent to each other.  On the same page.  Nice.  And you could have up to six pages.  This feature is still a rarity in the aftermarket.  I only listen to three AM stations- a couple of news stations and one talk station.  Once in awhile.  Do I need to come up with six AM presets to fill the void?  My OCD says yes.  So three additional NPR and talk stations it is in my Ford.

The ability to mix presets is one of GM’s best ideas that other automakers have not caught on with.

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