Alfa Romeo, Audi, Genesis, Jeep, and Kia Debut New CarPlay Vehicles at LA Auto Show

A number of new CarPlay-enabled vehicles are making their North American debuts ahead of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show this week, including models from Audi, Kia, and Hyundai's luxury brand Genesis.

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Interior of all-new 2018 Audi Q5 (European model shown)

Audi introduced a trio of CarPlay vehicles, including the all-new 2018 A5 and S5 cars and Q5 SUV. Audi's standard smartphone interface provides CarPlay and Android Auto integration via USB connection. The vehicles will arrive at U.S. dealerships in spring 2017. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Kia's latest CarPlay vehicle is the 2017 Soul Exclaim, its all-new five-door crossover with a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine. CarPlay and Android Auto come standard with the vehicle's UVO3 infotainment system. The non-turbo 2017 Kia Soul also features CarPlay support. Pricing and availability was not disclosed.

Genesis, which Hyundai spun into a standalone luxury car brand in 2015, followed suit with the introduction of its all-new 2018 Genesis G80 3.3T Sport trim with CarPlay and Android Auto integration via USB connection. The luxury sedan, available spring 2017, is equipped with a 9.2-inch touchscreen navigation system.

This article will be updated to reflect other new CarPlay vehicles as they are announced at the auto show over the next few days.

Update: The 2017 Jeep Compass and 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio also debuted with CarPlay support.

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Tags: Kia, Audi

Top Rated Comments

dantastic Avatar
55 months ago
Imagine when Apple finally do release a car. The tyres won't be replaceable on their own, they will be glued to the wheels and the wheels will have identity chips mated with the headlights so you can't change tyres without also changing headlights.

Naturally you will require a dongle to fuel up, it won't be compatible with any industry standard, legacy, systems.
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2457282 Avatar
55 months ago
I hate how car companies stick a screen on top of the dash like if its an after thought.
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truthertech Avatar
55 months ago

Imagine when Apple finally do release a car. The tyres won't be replaceable on their own, they will be glued to the wheels and the wheels will have identity chips mated with the headlights so you can't change tyres without also changing headlights.

Naturally you will require a dongle to fuel up, it won't be compatible with any industry standard, legacy, systems.

Sad that even an article on more cars adding CarPlay fuels your hatred of Apple enough to post these tired thoughts. Surprised you didn't work "courage" into it.
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Smartass Avatar
55 months ago

These car companies do that.

Tesla doesn't.

All of these other car companies keep on making cars that look like they should be for Model Year 2006 (if not older). Tesla is the only company making cars that actually look like they belong in this decade.

Personally i think Tesla has the most "idiotic" system among all car companies, when it comes to the screen placement. Ok Renault is also the same, but they're french so they're always special in their own way. BMW/Mercedes/Audi all have a screen at the top so you can always see the road in your peripherals while driving it so you're able to see any potential hazards on the road. Plus, you navigate with special wheel/touchpad placed close to the gear shift so its all quite "natural". And what does Tesla do? They stick a small inch TV right into the dash, so everytime you want to take a peek at the screen, you need to take your eyes off the road. And to make matters worse, they made it touchscreen. Now why is that a problem? Mostly because you have to look every single time where you're going to press a button, even to change radio station unlike in, let say BMW, where you have a normal left and right button to change a station so you can find it even with your eyes closed...
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iLog.Genius Avatar
55 months ago

Personally i think Tesla has the most "idiotic" system among all car companies, when it comes to the screen placement. Ok Renault is also the same, but they're french so they're always special in their own way. BMW/Mercedes/Audi all have a screen at the top so you can always see the road in your peripherals while driving it so you're able to see any potential hazards on the road. Plus, you navigate with special wheel/touchpad placed close to the gear shift so its all quite "natural". And what does Tesla do? They stick a small inch TV right into the dash, so everytime you want to take a peek at the screen, you need to take your eyes off the road. And to make matters worse, they made it touchscreen. Now why is that a problem? Mostly because you have to look every single time where you're going to press a button, even to change radio station unlike in, let say BMW, where you have a normal left and right button to change a station so you can find it even with your eyes closed...

At this point, this conversation/preference regarding where the infotainment screen is/should be placed is strictly aesthetics and not functionality. I fully agree with what you said and if you have had seat time in both a Tesla and a BMW/Audi/Mercedes, I don't see how you would prefer Tesla's placement over the Germans. Sure it's cool that Tesla has the largest display used by an auto manufacturer but that's all it is, cool looking but its function pales in comparison. With the use of a HUD and driver-orientated display, I don't think any car manufacturer beats BMW with driver ergonomics - from steering/seating position, to use of HVAC and infotainment.

Just by looking at the pictures of the drivers position, it's not hard to see which design/layout makes sense and which one is more "form over function" especially with the data/controls at the bottom of the display on the Tesla.



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davidwes Avatar
55 months ago
I recently rented a car that had carplay. I connected to the car with usb to charge my phone and nothing I did (including constantly selecting "forget this car" prevented me from using carplay).

I had google maps going, but wanted to listen to fm radio. Everytime Google Maps had something to say, the radio stopped and whatever music is on my iPhone started to play with the Google Maps talking on top of that. Then it wouldn't switch back to FM.

It was a terrible system.
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