Japanese brand rolls out retrofit program for new-generation models, while new owners of various model lines get smartphone mirroring as standard.
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Toyota Australia has finally rolled out its Apple CarPlay and Android Auto retrofit program, along with announcing the standard fitment of the smartphone mirroring systems across its new-generation model lines.

From November 1, existing owners of the Camry, Corolla, Granvia, HiAce, Prius and RAV4 will be able to upgrade their vehicles' infotainment systems – costing $199 for Camry, Corolla and Prius, while Granvia, HiAce and RAV4 retrofits will be free of charge.

The facelifted C-HR and all-new Corolla sedan will arrive before the end of the year with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard, too.

"By offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility in our vehicles, we are continuing to refine our market offerings and provide our customers with the products and services that enhance their lives," said Sean Hanley, vice president for sales and marketing at Toyota Australia.

"The technology will allow our customers to stay informed, entertained and in touch with the wider world from behind the wheel, directly through the vehicles."

Toyota's retrofit program follows a similar move by rival Japanese automaker, Mazda, whose Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrade for all vehicles fitted with MZD Connect infotainment systems (dating back to as early as 2014) costing $495 – including a hub module and harness to upgrade the hardware required.

Luxury arm Lexus is also expected to announce a similar program in the coming months, following the debut of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility in the facelifted RX crossover and ES F-Sport sedan.