The reluctance of some car manufacturers to use either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is sheer pig headedness. Their infotainment systems are old, clunky, outdated and usually unintuitive. Slowly but surely most manufacturers are being brought onboard the Android Auto/Apple CarPlay bandwagon, albeit kicking and screaming. Mazda is the latest manufacturer to join the party.
Last week a dealer bulletin leaked which detailed the new update that was coming that would be able to retrofit Android Auto to your Mazda. The pricing of the parts was also included which was $202.28 for the hub module and $101.12 for the cable harness. Now the final cost has also been revealed — a very sensible $494.98 considering the cost of the parts.
The update/upgrade is available to all Mazda cars fitted with the the MZD Connect infotainment system which is 370,000 cars Australia-wide — those sold from early 2014 onwards. The update takes just a few hours which is great news for busy owners.
The ability to fully integrate this technology into our existing offering will give Australians another reason to choose Mazda, but we are especially happy that it is something we can offer to our existing community of customers.Mazda Australia CEO Vinesh Bhindi
This is not the first foray for Mazda into the new infotainment world with them having it fitted in their BT-50 Ute thanks to an Alpine-sourced head unit. Their latest CX-9 SUV model was the first to have Android Auto fitted to standard equipment and all of their updates and new models in the future are expected to arrive with it as standard.
It is great to see Mazda not just fitting out their new vehicles with Android Auto but also not forgetting about their current customers/users and offering an extremely affordable retrofit to bring their cars into the 21st century.
If you have a Mazda eligible for the update give your service centre a call and book in for Android Auto as soon as possible.