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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 23, 2016

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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for September 23, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Hyundai adds Android Auto to i30, Elantra, Veloster, Tucson, Santa Fe
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Hyundai adds Android Auto to i30, Elantra, Veloster, Tucson, Santa Fe

Hyundai has added Android Auto compatibility to the majority of its line-up this week, joining Apple CarPlay as part of a quick software update. Like its fruit-branded counterpart, Android Auto allows drivers to get directions, make phone calls, send and receive messages, set reminders, play or stream multimedia, and more, without needing to touch their phone...


Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay to Accent, iMax and iLoad
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Hyundai adds Apple CarPlay to Accent, iMax and iLoad

Hyundai Australia has expanded its growing rollout of Apple CarPlay connectivity, this time upgrading variants in the Accent, iMax and iLoad ranges. Essentially gracing the vehicle’s infotainment system with the familiar look and feel of an iPhone or iPad, Apple’s CarPlay software offers access to Apple Maps navigation and Siri voice command - such as hands-free phone calls, messaging and dictation - along with music, calendar and apps like Spotify...


Google overhauls Maserati's infotainment with Android interface
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Google overhauls Maserati's infotainment with Android interface

Technology giant Google has taken a leap beyond its Android Auto smartphone integration system, with the unveiling of a complete in-car infotainment system running its Android operating platform. At its latest I/O developers conference, Google presented a Maserati Ghibli running a next-generation version of the Android platform...


Android Auto will soon skip the need for an in-car display
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Android Auto will soon skip the need for an in-car display

During the annual Google I/O developers conference, the search giant announced that Android Auto will gain some new features, including the ability to operate without a compatible infotainment head unit. Until now, Android Auto boasted a similar feature set to Apple CarPlay, with both technologies allowing their respective smartphone operating systems to present a mirrored but significantly simplified interface on a vehicle's compatible display...


2017 Kia Sorento adds safety features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for US market
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2017 Kia Sorento adds safety features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for US market

A lightly updated 2017 Kia Sorento has been revealed for the US market this week, bringing a number of safety enhancements and support for the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity platforms. With the South Korean car maker ushering in the updated Sorento - this particular version bound for the US - it has also been revealed that the SUV will be available to order with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto...


How easy is it to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
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How easy is it to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

The perpetual evolution of technology is a runaway train that can't be stopped and car manufacturers are rushing to keep up with the latest developments, as are car buyers. We are constantly inundated with the latest software updates, new apps that purportedly make our lives easier and innovative gadgets that will be replaced by an upgraded model even before we completely understand the original...


2017 Holden Colorado and Colorado 7 getting substantial Australian-developed overhauls
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2017 Holden Colorado and Colorado 7 getting substantial Australian-developed overhauls

The Holden Colorado ute and its Colorado 7 seven-seat off-roader sibling are in line for some very substantial mid-life updates for the 2017 model year, to arrive in Australia later this year. We’re already beginning to see spy images and renderings of both Thai versions, but one thing you can expect from the Holden iterations are less garish, market-specific frontal designs...


Porsche backs Apple CarPlay over Google’s Android Auto for new in-car tech
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Porsche backs Apple CarPlay over Google’s Android Auto for new in-car tech

German carmaker Porsche is rolling out the latest generation of its Porsche Communication System (PCM 4), which is good news for iPhone users - but not so good for those that prefer the Android mobile phone platform...


2016 Hyundai Tucson Active X Review: Long-term report one
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2016 Hyundai Tucson Active X Review: Long-term report one

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson Active X rolls into the CarAdvice Melbourne garage as our latest long-term test car...


Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come to Ford Sync 3, Fiat Chrysler UConnect
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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come to Ford Sync 3, Fiat Chrysler UConnect

The list of carmakers offering connectivity with the new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment platforms has grown again, with Ford and Fiat Chrysler both making major announcements at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. For Ford, the move marks an anticipated upgrade to its new Sync 3 system, which was revealed last year and is locked in for an Australian launch sometime next year...


2016 Hyundai Santa Fe gets new safety tech and design tweaks
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2016 Hyundai Santa Fe gets new safety tech and design tweaks

The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe will debut at this month’s Frankfurt motor show with a host of new active safety and convenience features and some subtle design tweaks ahead of its Australian introduction in the final quarter of this year...


2016 Mitsubishi Pajero drops manual, gains Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Digital Radio
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2016 Mitsubishi Pajero drops manual, gains Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Digital Radio

An updated 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero has touched down in the Australian market this week, less than a year since the big off-roading SUV was last revised. September last year saw the Pajero upgraded with lightly refreshed looks, tweaked features and new pricing for some models, but this week’s upgrade brings exciting news for tech-heads: the addition of Apple Carplay, Android Auto and DAB+ digital radio...


2016 Honda Accord revealed with new looks, new tech: Apple Carplay, Android Auto on-board - UPDATE
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2016 Honda Accord revealed with new looks, new tech: Apple Carplay, Android Auto on-board - UPDATE

The 2016 Honda Accord update has been revealed at a Silicon Valley event this week, debuting with lightly refreshed styling, new safety features and an upgraded infotainment suite. This midlife makeover follows the 2012 unveiling of the current Accord, which debuted on the Australian market in 2013...


2016 Hyundai Tucson pricing and specifications
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2016 Hyundai Tucson pricing and specifications

Australian pricing for the new 2016 Hyundai Tucson has been announced today, ahead of a market launch scheduled for August 1. Hyundai’s new mid-sized SUV arrives to replace the small-to-medium ix35 that debuted in 2010 as a successor to the first-generation Tucson, making this something of a reboot...


2016 Skoda models updated for Australia: New engines, new displays, Apple Carplay and Android Auto
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2016 Skoda models updated for Australia: New engines, new displays, Apple Carplay and Android Auto

Skoda has followed stablemate Volkswagen into announcing significant feature changes to its Australian range, introducing new equipment, new powertrains and new models. Model ranges blessed with an update this week include the small Rapid, the mid-sized Octavia, the high-riding Octavia Scout and the recently re-styled Yeti...


Volkswagen makes sweeping MY16 updates : Reversing camera, Apple CarPlay, new touchscreens standard
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Volkswagen makes sweeping MY16 updates : Reversing camera, Apple CarPlay, new touchscreens standard

Volkswagen Australia has announced a range of sweeping changes across most of its forthcoming MY16 passenger car and SUV range, which it has billed as the “biggest model year update in the local company’s history”. In what amounts to a significant value improvement, all Polo, Golf, Beetle, Scirocco, Jetta and Tiguan models will now get a standard reverse-view camera and a new App-Connect USB interface integrating Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink as standard...


Mitsubishi Pajero to be updated in 2016 with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto technology
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Mitsubishi Pajero to be updated in 2016 with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto technology

Ed's note: the original version of this story has been amended courtesy of new information from Mitsubishi Australia. The 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero is set to be updated in 2016 as the Japanese brand adds new infotainment technology to its flagship model...


Chevrolet adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility to its 2016 model range - UPDATE
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Chevrolet adds Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility to its 2016 model range - UPDATE

Chevrolet will begin adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality to its North American vehicles from the middle of 2015. All up, the company claims that 14 models in its 2016 model year range will be available with headunits that support both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto...


Hyundai Sonata becomes first production car with Android Auto
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Hyundai Sonata becomes first production car with Android Auto

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata has become the first production car in the world available with Android Auto smartphone integration. Existing owners of 2015 Sonata sedans with the satellite navigation media system can now get the Android Auto software update installed free of charge at their local dealership...