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Mazda offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrade kits

Mazda has responded to pressure and introduced an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrade kit for all models with an MZD Connect infotainment system (models released after 2014).

With technology changing fast and car makers struggling to keep up it’s good to see some car makers moving to meet consumer demands. Mazda has announced that, as of tomorrow (1 November), that all customers with a Mazda fitted with an MZD Connect infotainment system will be able to purchase an upgrade kit allowing the system to mirror Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Up until now, the only Mazda available with Android and Apple connectivity was the BT-50 with its aftermarket Alpine unit and the refreshed CX-9.

Mazda said, “All Mazda customers with a model with the MZD Connect infotainment system, first introduced to the Australian market in early 2014, will be able to purchase the smartphone mirroring upgrade kit for $494.98 (recommended fitted price)”. According to Mazda, the upgrade takes several hours to perform. Going forward, all new Mazdas launched will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fitted as standard.

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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.