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Kia Motors America adds Apple CarPlay to more models

By Graeme Roberts | 16 May 2016

Kia Motors America said the 2017 Sportage and 2016 Optima, when equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3, will be offered with Apple CarPlay compatibility during this second quarter of 2016.

Customers who have previously purchased the vehicles with compatible navigation system will be provided with a downloadable update via myuvo.com that will be available beginning in the third quarter. The 2017 Sorento, already on sale, is the first Kia vehicle to be offered with CarPlay support and other models in the range eligible for the CarPlay update will be announced later. 

"The arrival of CarPlay compatibility follows on a promise we made when Optima launched last year. These running changes and available downloads will seamlessly bring iPhone's easy-to-use interface and functionality to our newest and best-selling models," said Henry Bzeih, managing director connected and mobility services, KMA. "Kia is taking the UVO platform to yet another level of enhancement by extending the customer's personal mobility technologies safely and easily into a vehicle. CarPlay will bring an additional element of convenience while maximising the benefits of connectivity."

A smarter and more convenient way to use the iPhone in the car, CarPlay gives drivers the ability to access the device's seamless user interface through Kia's UVO infotainment system. By connecting the iPhone into the USB port, users are able to make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages, get directions optimised for traffic conditions and more while staying focused on the road. CarPlay also features hands-free support via Siri voice control or the vehicle's controls and touchscreen.