Latest European Kia Models Receive Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
In today’s society, “technology” is a major buzzword for those shopping for a new car—and Kia is certainly not stingy when it comes to offering the best tech available in the industry. Now, the South Korean carmaker’s technology offerings are about to get a major boost.
Kia is launching Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ in its newest European models, starting with the Niro hybrid crossover, which debuted last month during the Chicago Auto Show. Over the next 18 months, the brand’s entire European lineup will receive these innovative connective car technologies, which will make Kia’s customers some of the most connected out on the road.
“In car connectivity is increasingly important to our buyers, who are young-at-heart and often seek the latest technologies on offer,” said Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe. “It makes a great deal of sense to offer full Android and Apple compatibility so our customers can use a wide range of smartphone functions in a safe and seamless way. Kia is integrating these technologies to let drivers maintain their concentration on the road ahead.”
The brand plans to start offering this technology in the all-new Niro hybrid crossover, Optima Plug-In Hybrid, and Optima Sportswagon—a model we sadly don’t get here in the United States. As every new model is launched, it will also come with this technology regardless of its price point.
There’s no word yet as to whether or not Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will come to American Kia models, but I’m going to assume that it’s likely we will see it sometime in the near future.
- Caitlin MoranEditor
A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Caitlin Moran lives in Dayton, Ohio at the moment and loves getting down and nerdy with English. After recently graduating from the University of Dayton with her Masters in English Literature, Caitlin is now combining her love of writing and cars for The News Wheel. She is also continuing her love affair with traveling, broadening her knowledge of foreign automobiles. See more articles by Caitlin.