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Latest European Kia Models Receive Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

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2017 Kia Niro Hybrid

The 2017 Kia Niro hybrid crossover will be the first European Kia model to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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.