2016 Volkswagen models with Apple CarPlay on board now arriving at dealerships

Volkswagen announced on Wednesday that its first CarPlay-enabled vehicles have begun shipping from production facilities. The German automaker says the first 2016 models featuring its new infotainment system will start landing in dealer showrooms in “late July 2015.”

It’s calling the new infotainment system “MIB II,” and in addition to CarPlay it will also support Android Auto and MirrorLink. In the press release, Volkswagen calls the new system “one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available.”

Volkswagen notes that entry-level models will feature a resistive touchscreen with a resolution of 400×240, which does not feature CarPlay support. The models that feature a 6.3- or 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, which will be only available in certain trims, will be the option that supports Apple’s in-car system.

The first 2016 Volkswagen models that will support CarPlay are the Tiguan and Golf R.

“As the people’s car brand,” said Michael Horn, CEO of Volkswagen America, “we knew that it was important to democratize these technologies across the Volkswagen line-up, with features like App-Connect ensuring that more consumers can integrate their smart devices.”

A number of auto manufacturers have pledged support for CarPlay, and capable vehicles are slowly beginning to hit the streets. In the past few months, GM, Honda and Chevrolet have all announced that their upcoming 2016 lineups would feature Apple’s digital dashboard.


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