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Mazda introduces Apple CarPlay, Android Auto upgrade kits

370,000 Australian Mazda vehicles from 2014 onwards will be able to have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto retrofitted.

As of tomorrow (Nov 1, 2018), Mazda Australia will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrade kits for its models equipped with the MZD Connect multimedia system which was released in 2014.

Mazda says 370,000 such vehicles are eligible for the upgrade, with the retrofit package priced at $494.98 (recommended fitted price).

Owners can take their vehicles to a Mazda dealership, and have hardware and software components updated to feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, with the process taking “several hours”.

The system will give drivers and passengers the ability to connect their mobile to the media display, and control various features including the media player, navigation and phone functions.

Mazda was late to the party with the smartphone mirroring system, only recently offering the technology as standard in vehicles including the updated BT-50 pick-up and the CX-9 large SUV.

“The ability to fully integrate this technology into our existing offering will give Australians another reason to choose Mazda, but we are especially happy that it is something we can offer to our existing community of customers” said Mazda Australia boss Vinesh Bhindi.

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