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XM's real-time traffic navigation service is unveiled as 2009 Traverse feature at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XM announced that the all-new 2009 Chevrolet Traverse, unveiled today at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show, will be the first Chevrolet vehicle to offer XM NavTraffic as a factory- installed feature. XM NavTraffic, XM's real-time traffic information service, will be available on Traverse vehicles equipped with navigation.

XM Radio, which offers more than 170 channels of commercial-free music, sports, talk, news and entertainment, will be standard on the 2009 Traverse.

"XM is pleased with Chevy's commitment to providing the best in entertainment and technology by making XM NavTraffic and XM Radio available on the 2009 Traverse," said Joe Verbrugge, senior vice president, automotive partnerships and international operations, XM Satellite Radio. "2009 Chevy Traverse customers will benefit from the experience of real-time traffic data and more than 170 channels of entertainment."

"XM NavTraffic is certain to save drivers of the all-new Chevy Traverse precious time and money," said Ed Peper, general manager, Chevrolet. "We think we have a great-looking family vehicle with lots of utility in the Traverse, and NavTraffic just adds to that."

Now available in 80 major U.S. markets, XM NavTraffic feeds data on incidents, such as accidents and road construction, directly to a vehicle's GPS navigation system via XM's nationwide satellite broadcast system. The driver is alerted to these incidents through the vehicle's navigation screen, allowing him or her to route around a jam before getting caught in traffic. XM NavTraffic also provides information on traffic flow where available. This allows users to view a color-coded overlay that indicates the average speed of travel along the driver's planned route.

XM NavTraffic, powered by NAVTEQ Corporation, is the nation's leading real- time traffic service that offers the most comprehensive information and coast- to-coast updates every minute, ensuring that the driver has the latest and most detailed information at his or her fingertips.

XM NavTraffic is already a standard, factory-installed feature on the Cadillac CTS and Cadillac CTS-V.

The Traverse is on display this week at the 2008 Chicago Auto Show in the Chevy display. The XM Infotainment Vehicle will also demonstrate XM Radio and XM NavTraffic, along with its next-generation technologies for the vehicle, during press days, February 6-7, in the XM booth.

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