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Why apple carplay gets in its own way

The list of vehicles that support Apple CarPlay is long. Now more than 100 pieces, including common models from Audi, Citroen, Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Suzuki, Seat, Skoda, VW and Volvo. But effectively this does not help us, since practically nothing has changed since the introduction of Apple CarPlay. MirrorLink (Android) has long outstripped the system, because more is possible with it. The reason CarPlay is stagnating is Apple itself.

It’s not like the developers aren’t making an effort. Apart from Spotify, there is no support for other (globally) used apps. Mainly, among 12 examples, apps from the American app store for Apple CarPlay are mentioned. The reason for the stagnation is Apple itself. Because Cupertino does not react to the developers. There are several proven examples, for example from the podcast player Castro, whereby Apple does not respond to the developers’ inquiries.

What is life like with the audi tt roadster-

The icon Audi TT, first presented in 1999, has only changed moderately for over 15 years, and the same applies to the open Audi TT Roadster. How does everyday life look like with a two-seater, a soft top and a mediocre trunk volume? Not bad at all if the weather cooperates.

Audi TT Roadster in the everyday test

Basically it is only 25 liters that the Audi TT Roadster loses in trunk compared to the Coupé. And that is just too ridiculous for the Audi to have a 39 kilogram soft top built in, which opens or closes in 10 seconds. The Audi TT Roadster can be packed in the trunk of 280 liters when required. That’s not enough for two suitcases, but for a lot more than you would think from the outside. It goes deep into the throat, ergo, everything that fits through the opening is also sunk. If necessary, there are a few smaller compartments in the cockpit, such as the astonishingly deep glove compartment between the seats.

The new mini clubman with a subtle refreshment

The new MINI Clubman joins the current MINI portfolio with a slightly freshened design and the latest technologies in terms of operation and networking. The core of the variable five-seater remains unchanged. It is also characterized by the “split doors” (360 – 1,250 liters trunk) at the rear and thus differs fundamentally from the MINI 5-door.

Redesigned front with optional matrix lights

The main thing that has changed compared to the previous MINI Clubman is the front design. A redesigned radiator grille is also used here. New LED headlights with the matrix function are also available, as well as new LED fog lights with daytime running light rings. The LED rear lights are now standard and if you wish, you can also get them in the “Union Jack design”. In addition to the new body colors Indian Summer Red, British Racing Green and Enigmatic Black, the option Piano Black exterior and new light alloy wheels were added. A sports suspension with 10mm lowering should not be missing, as well as the new range of leather upholstery and interior surfaces. And finally, MINI Connected has a few new functions ready.

Safe as standard- volvo v90 test

The new big Swede for Germany is finally here. After the XC90 and the S90, the successor to the large 70s station wagon is ready for the first test. The Volvo V90 test shows the slightly different side of the Swedish station wagon. Still spacious, but the van has been given shape. A rather elegant rear section adorns the upper middle class car. But that’s enough against the established competition?

Volvo V90 test makes it clear Safety is a Swedish trademark

The Volvo V90 makes one thing very clear: safety is a top priority with it, and it comes as standard. Neither the Audi A6, the E-Class, and probably not the new BMW 5 Series, have so much safety technology ex works. Of course, something could be expanded here and there if the wallet allows it. In particular, the partially autonomous Pilot Assist (works up to 130 km / h) is nowhere near as standard in the competition. With the help of markings, the Volvo V90 stays on track. The hands must (still) stay on the steering wheel, but the path to autonomous driving is clearly defined. The technology in the Volvo, on the other hand, could use a little more sensitivity in its execution. The steering interventions are often rough, fast and do not directly convey the typical Volvo feeling of security.

Seat ateca facelift 2020- with tarraco face and new technology

The Seat Ateca facelift comes a little late. It was actually planned for early summer, but Covid-19 still had a say in this. Now it’s here, with a new face – straight from the Seat Tarraco – and new technology from the Seat Leon.

Subtle but effective changes to the look

The model will roll off the assembly line in Kvasiny, Czech Republic. The innovations include the new front and rear aprons with full LED headlights (standard) and LED rear lights with dynamic indicators. The changed look also means 18 millimeters more length (now 4,381mm). Width and height remain unchanged. Quite contrary to the lettering, which has now also been placed in a curved version at the rear.

Rumor- next ford focus rs as a mild hybrid with over 400 hp

The unveiling of the new Ford Focus is still ahead of us, as the first rumors of the successor to the Focus RS are already boiling up. The fourth generation of the Focus RS should – logically – have more power, but also be a bit cleaner due to the 48-volt hybridization.

Focus RS MK4 expected from 2020

The third generation currently puts 350 hp and 440 Nm on the road, based on the 2.3-liter ecoboost four-cylinder. The third generation also brought us a lot of fun with its fantastic sound and, last but not least, the drift mode. But – as always – more of everything is planned for the successor. It should come in two years, i.e. 2020. And that with over 400 hp and more than 570 Nm of torque. Also thanks to a 48-volt system on board.

Revision for the audi a4 family with new technology features

After four years of construction, the Audi A4 family was ripe for an update. This can be seen from the outside, but the technology is not neglected either. In addition to new engines, the subscription system for the Audi e-tron and its other derivatives are also being used in the Audi A4, along with other updates.

Touch instead of turning and pressing

The rotary push button has disappeared from the center console, as the 10.1-inch display can now also be operated by touch like a smartphone. In addition to previous services such as Car-to-X or On Street Parking, which are largely based on the Audi fleet itself, traffic light information is now also available. The latter is based on the respective infrastructure of the city, with a “traffic light central computer” sending the right speed for a green wave into the Audi. It is not yet known in which cities, apart from Ingolstadt, will be available next in Europe.

On all fours- Audi s3 hit

Faster, higher, further, the old sports metaphor always works, probably also with the new Audi S3, which with the newly developed 2.0 TFSI delivers a full 300 hp, has shed more than 100 kilograms and, to be honest, is clear from the outside sounds better and more robust than inside. The compact model prefers to run on country roads with manual shifting, all-wheel drive, but there is also a lot of potential in the Ingolstadt-based train station.

Visually, the most powerful Audi A3 differs very little from its at least 120 hp weaker ring carrier colleagues, the outer skin is based on the S line package, which is basically available for every Audi A3. Only the connoisseur will be able to make the difference without the small S3 badge in the singeframe grill with the chrome-plated double struts of the usual grills. Only at the rear does it become clear that it can do more than just look beautiful. Four chrome-plated tailpipes peek out from the end of the twin-pipe exhaust system. Sound check? It works, Audi itself is very convinced of the interior sound, from my point of view a little more could easily pass through the Sound Symposer. From the outside, the four-seater sounds phenomenally good with the turbocharger integrated into the exhaust manifold! The S3 still sounds eternally far through the forest and announces itself from afar without seeing the full LED headlights.

Old name, new dynamism- audi rs3 sedan test

At its core, the Audi RS3 product has never been changed since its introduction. A five-cylinder Hot Hatch that now has a brother to the side for the first time. The RS3 sedan is the real newcomer, even if the technical features of both models have changed for the better. The good thing about it: the robust five-cylinder is still at the start.

For the first time carbon-ceramic brakes for the front axle

The RS3 Sportback has been around since 2009. Not always completely error-free when you search the relevant forums. The majority of the problems have been dealt with with the latest generation and have been brought under control. Problem number one: the braking system. Those who have decided against an RS3 because of this can now fall back on a carbon-ceramic disc with 8-piston pliers.

Now also with a backpack- the new audi a6 avant

The premiere of the new Audi A6 sedan was a good month ago. Now the much more popular station wagon can also show itself. The new Audi A6 Avant comes primarily with the technologies that we already know from the newer models. However, it is the first vehicle to bring the new Shooting Brake rear into series production.

Audi A6 Avant: (loading) loadmaster in series

The model measures 4.94 m in length, 1.89 m in width (without mirror) and 1.47 m in height. Due to the larger external dimensions, the interior has also become more spacious. The luggage compartment swallows up to 1,680 liters (565 liters in the basic position) and shows off the loading width of 1,050 millimeters. The flap opens electrically from the factory, but it can also be unlocked with an optional kick. The rail system with four variable lashing eyes is also standard. The charging system can be expanded with a telescopic rod and strap for an additional charge.