Remember how cool it was the first time you made a phone call through your car’s audio system via Bluetooth? That was only the beginning, and that integration has been taken to a whole new level with Volkswagen’s second-generation Modular Infotainment platform. There are four different head units available for 2016 Volkswagen models — all of which include a touchscreen display and smartphone integration via Apply CarPlay, Android Auto or Mirrorlink.
Apple CarPlay works with the iPhone 5 or newer with at least iOS 7.1. Android Auto will work with any Android phone that runs Android 5.0 – codenamed Lollipop – or higher. Most newer Samsung and HTC phones have MirrorLink capability along with Sony’s Xperia Z3 and Fujitsu’s Arrows NX handset. Android Auto and MirrorLink also have support for some third-party apps like Spotify and Skype. MirrorLink has its own list of apps that can be integrated, including WeatherPro, Parkopedia and Glympse, among others.
All models include standard features like an auxiliary input, USB interface, SD card slots, Bluetooth and a reverse camera display. Entry-level models have a 5-inch screen, while most mid-level trims have a 6.3-inch screen. The 2016 VW Golf stands by itself with a 6.5-inch screen, and the 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf has an 8.0-inch screen with 3D Navigation, nearly 10 gigabytes of storage and a wireless hotspot. All other premium models include the Discover Pro, which has SSD Navigation and other features not found in the sub-premium systems.
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Volkswagen is gearing up for the 2010 Dakar Rally by launching a new free-of-charge iPhone application solely for the much-anticipated event. The new app, which Volkswagen is calling the “Volkswagen Rally mobile – 2010 Dakar”, allows users to keep updated on Volkswagens preparation for the event through news, videos, and background information on the company’s Race Touaregs, which will see action in the two-week rally event in South America, which will run from Argentina to Chile from January 2 to 16, 2010.
According to Volkswagen’s motorsport director Kris Nissen, the new Volkswagen Rally iPhone app will allow users with never-before-seen access to Volkswagen’s preparation and performance before and during the event. "The iPhone application for the Volkswagen’s involvement in the Dakar is unique in the world of rally racing to date as well and offers users of the cult mobile the chance to stay informed about current Dakar events around the clock."
The 2010 Dakar Rally will start in less than a month so you’ll have to forgive us for being a little more giddy than usual because, like most rally fans all over the world, we can’t wait for it to start. So in the meantime, we’re getting our juices on with anything and everything that’s Dakar-related – starting with downloading this new Volkswagen iPhone app.