Holden Barina CDX to debut MyLink entertainment, nav, internet app system

Holden will debut GM’s MyLink entertainment, nav and internet app system in the top-of-the-range Barina CDX that goes on sale in November of 2012.

MyLink features a large 7-inch touchscreen display, and its connectivity options include Bluetooth for hands-free and music streaming, a USB port and an auxiliary jack. So far, that’s pretty standard stuff for a modern entertainment system, although pretty snazzy in a car of Barina’s size.

What sets MyLink apart from other systems found in Aussie cars are its apps. These hook up with the equivalent apps on your paired-up smartphone, and grant you access to a variety of different online entertainment and other services.

For its November 2012 launch, MyLink in Australia will have just one app, Stitcher Smart Radio, which allows you to access custom-made “radio” stations, live radio stations and podcasts via your smartphone’s internet connection.

In the first quarter of 2013 the lineup of apps will expand with the addition of Pandora (a personalised radio service), TuneIn Radio (live radio streams from all over the world) and BringGo (turn-by-turn navigation that’s shown on the MyLink touchscreen but utilises your smartphone’s GPS hardware).

MyLink will slowly roll out across the rest of the Holden range, with the new Malibu mid-size sedan the second car to receive the system. We’d also expect the facelifted Commodore, due in 2013, to feature MyLink, as Australia’s own car is migrating to same wiring and technical setup used in cars throughout the rest of GM.

First impressions

We had a brief play with the MyLink system, and the interface is cleaner, more intuitive and faster than the iQ system fitted to the Commodore. Use in real world driving situations may be hampered, though, by the dearth of physical controls on the headunit — there’s only buttons for volume, home and power.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]