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What happens after Toyota Supra’s 4 years free Apple CarPlay ends?

Road/Show has announced the top level 2020 Toyota Supras will be equipped with Apple CarPlay.  The Apple CarPlay is the infotainment system used widely by BMW.  Toyota is not offering an android option for their Supras.  However, they have introduced Google’s equivalent smart-phone mirroring on select Canadian and USA models namely; Sequoia, 4-Runner, Tacoma, Tundra and SUV’s.    Apple CarPlay will be free on the applicable Supras for 4 years then mostly likely an annual subscription fee will be charged like BMW has been doing.  Toyota’s offer of four years free is quite generous compared to BMW who initially offered the technology as a one-time cost option but now gives one year free then charges an $80 per year subscription.  When Motor 1 reached out to Toyota’s Customer Care Senior Analyst of Connected Technologies, Jarrod Marini regarding the billing plan for the future he said “We haven’t decided yet” (w ... read more

Samsung and Volvo Partner

The Volvo group has forged an agreement with Samsung SDI to develop and supply battery cells and modules for its Volvo electric trucks. Samsung will supply these components to the Volvo Group to be assembled in their manufacturing facilities and are for use in Volvo’s all electric trucks. Volvo Trucks of North America has quickly moved into the all electric truck area, their FL Electric trucks began rolling off the assembly line earlier this year.  An all-electric garbage truck is also in the works for Volvo as is an autonomous, cab-less all electric truck.  No stranger to electric vehicles their sister company, Volvo Buses have been manufacturing and selling all electric buses since 2010. Volvo is now expanding their VNR series with an all electric.  This all electric truck is being tested in California now with sales beginning in 2020.  Volvo says the new truck is ideal for heavy urban distribution, drayage and other regional applications an option for cit ... read more

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