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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Opel Brings CarPlay, Android Auto And OnStar To Europe With The 2016 Astra [Pictures]

The Frankfurt International Motor Show concluded on September 27 and there is loads of information coming out of the event for the European market. There was a lot of attention given to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay at the event, and understandably car manufacturers didn't disappoint.

Opel announced the 2016 Astra with advanced smartphone connectivity at the event. Here are some more details and high-resolution images...

2016 Opel Astra

According to a release from Frankfurt, Opel's upcoming Astra, will feature Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as mobile connectivity via OnStar. The Astra will be the first new model to include OnStar at launch.

An excerpt from the press release...
The next generation Astra is the first new Opel model that will be available with Opel OnStar from its launch. The personal connectivity and service assistant is a 365-day-a-year guardian angel available at the push of a button. If an airbag deploys, Opel OnStar will be alerted automatically and contact the emergency services. Furthermore, OnStar will turn the new Astra into a 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot. Up to Seven devices, from smartphone to tablets, can be connected simultaneously.
The Astra's new generation IntelliLink Infotainment System will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Two new systems will be available: R 4.0 IntelliLink and Navi 900 IntelliLink.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can be controlled via the large, up to 8-inch touchscreen located in the dashboard, via a steering wheel remote or using voice commands. Additionally, information will also be displayed in the color instrument cluster next to the speedometer.

With these two smartphone softwares and OnStar, drivers will be able to access latest traffic information and maps directly over the internet. And of course, you get all the third-party apps compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto.

Check out these additional pictures...

Source: Opel
Images: © GM Company

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