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Carplay is Apple’s Entré into the Automotive World

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So Apple releasing Carplay is great news for those of us who love technology, especially car technology!  I can remember the first time I experienced a car “talking” to me. It was almost as magical as heated seats or remote car starters.  Ok, so maybe I am easily impressed. But seriously, having your car talk to you, answer questions, or point things out to you while you’re motoring along… That’s like living out a scene from 2001 A Space Odyssey! “Hal, open the garage-bay door please.” 

Enter Apple, they are stepping in to get things right. It was announced at the Geneva International Auto Show that they would be offering Carplay to auto industry.

To me cars are already like space ships with on board navigation, communications, digital readouts, and warnings.  The seats are form fitting and adjust to every part of your body. Cruise control helps make long trips easier, and HUD‘s make scanning the instrument panels easy.  Cars have always been powerful, but are they really personable?  Then there is the other element of your life that is already so personable and powerful—your smart phone. And now it is being integrated into your car. Smart phones have long been a part of driving for over 10 years now with the integration of Bluetooth. But some of the way it’s been included in your cars accessories has been, to use a tech word, “kludged!”

My kids think it’s funny when the very polite female voice in my car gets the names wrong of people I am telling it to call.  They think it’s hysterical when I have to repeat a command when she miss-interprets what I am telling her to do or she asks again.  Howls of laughter erupts from the back seat, kids, right?  Pushing multiple buttons, confirming commands,  s p e a k i n g   v e r y  slooooowly is just too complicated and quite frankly dangerous, so getting a professional to do it is a long time in coming.

Enter Apple, they are stepping in to get things right. It was announced at the Geneva International Auto Show that they would be offering Carplay to auto industry. CarPlay will debut later this year in vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and Ferrari with other carmakers such as Ford and Toyota joining the pack down the road.  With the exception of Ferrari, Koons sells all of these brands and the others that aren’t mentioned will most certainly be in the mix.

In a nutshell, Apple’s Carplay wil offer:

CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can easily control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri® without distraction.

Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week, while additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp.

To read the rest of the Press Release click here

To use CarPlay, you’ll need at least an iPhone5, and you will have to wait until at least the end of the year for the 2015 models. Android will not be far behind and in all likelihood it will have to coexist a vehicle since no one will know which phones will be in the drivers seats, so Android users don’t have to worry they’ll be left out.

Koons has always taken pride in being able to offer vehicles and brands that are on the cutting edge.  Our mix of accessories both pre-sale and after market allows you, the consumer, the ability to take advantage of all of the new tech that the 21st century auto manufacturers have to offer and we look forward to being able to offer it you. ♛

 

The 2013 Chevy Malibu Makes Its Debut in Tysons Corner!

The showroom of Koons Tysons GM Corner has been under renovation for quite some time, and we’re excited to announce that the construction is now complete! So come drop by and see our beautiful new showroom complete with various award-winning Chevrolet, GMC and Buick models.

Speaking of award-winning, we’ve got another surprise for you. Just a few days ago we received our very first 2013 Chevrolet Malibu in our showroom, and we’ve got to say, it’s quite the catch. The 2013 Malibu is a shorter, wider and roomier version compared to Malibu’s of the past. The 2.5l V6 delivers 190hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, which translates into below 8 seconds for a sprint from 0-60mph. In addition, the 2013 Malibu will utilize GM’s eAssist hybrid system that achieves an EPA estimated 26mpg city and 38mpg highway from their turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder engine. The interior has been fully redesigned and dressed in soft-touch materials with luxury in mind.

So what are you waiting for? Come on by!

Announcing a New Addition to the Koons Family: Mercedes-Benz of Baltimore!

2012 has already kicked off to be a great year with the newest addition to the Koons family: Mercedes-Benz of Baltimore and Smart Center of Baltimore. We’re excited to begin to serve Mercedes-Benz customers of the state of Maryland!

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz line is comprised of over 13 models that are at the pinnacle of luxury.  The Mercedes-Benz lineup begins with the stylish entry-range C-Class sedans and coupes, which ranges from the C250 Sport  Sedan all the way to the 450-horsepower C63 AMG, a must for any car enthusiast! The E-Class cuts into the mid-range like with the performance and luxurious interior appointments to make any drive one to remember. Lastly, but miles away from being least, is the executive’s dream: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the very pinnacle of luxury. The line also includes a SUV range of the M, ML, and G classes which meld off-road capability with the utmost in luxury. German engineering is synonymous with the ‘autobahn’ and ‘performance,’ and so are the Mercedes-Benz SL and SLS AMG which make up the sports car section of the range.

In addition to our Mercedes-Benz line, we’re prepared to offer the entire Smart Car line that includes the Pure Coupe, which is made from 85% recycled materials and achieves 38 MPG, as does the Passion Coupe which adds a panorama roof and alloys wheels. The Passion Cabriolet forgoes the roof altogether to give the driver an open-air experience and the Electric Drive concludes the line with an incredible 87 MPGe!!

From the green and fuel-efficient Smart Car Passion Coupe all the way up to the ferociously-powerful SLS AMG supercar, Mercedes-Benz of Baltimore is here to serve all of your luxury & performance needs with a staff dedicated to customer service!

Come visit us and see the entire lineup on our new Mercedes-Benz of Baltimore website!

-KK