- Dealer-installed software upgrade enables wireless features not previously available on certain Accord trims
- Approximately 631,000 Accords in the U.S. are eligible for the upgrade
- Upgrade is part of broader sustainability effort, seeking to maximize lifetime value of in-market vehicles by offering upgrades and new digital services
Honda is offering an exciting new dealer-installed feature upgrade that enables wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ functionality in approximately 631,000 Accord models from the 2018-2022 model years. Announced today, the new initiative is part of the company’s broader sustainability effort, seeking to maximize lifetime value of in-market Honda vehicles by offering upgrades and new digital services.
The dealer-installed upgrade is available to 2018-2022 Accord trims originally equipped with wired-only Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™, enabling wireless integrated access to certain smartphone apps, music, navigation and voice assistants.
“This quick software update enables customers to leverage hardware already in their Honda vehicle to enjoy seamless connectivity through wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto,” said Jay Joseph, vice president of the Sustainability & Business Development Division at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Enhancing the ownership experience and market value of Honda vehicles already in use is a key strategy in pursuit of our goal to have zero environmental impact by 2050.”
The wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™ upgrade can be installed at any authorized Honda dealer, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP1) of $112, plus a dealer labor charge. The upgrade will be installed at no additional charge on any qualifying Accord models that are sold as Honda Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, providing additional value to the certified program. Consumers can learn more about the software upgrade by visiting the Honda DreamShop.
Enhancing the Ownership Experience to Reach Carbon Neutrality
Honda has set a global goal to realize carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities by 2050. To this end, the company is pursuing a broad range of sustainability initiatives, including exploring ways to add updates that will enhance the ownership experience for current, second and third owners.
Other recent initiatives that offer new capabilities through digital services include a free Honda Driver Coaching app and the addition of myQ Connected Garage in-vehicle service to the HondaLink® and AcuraLink® apps.
Honda offers a full line of clean, safe, fun, and connected vehicles sold through more than 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. Honda has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions of any major full-line automaker in America, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2021 Automotive Trends Report. The award-winning Honda lineup includes the Civic and Accord, along with the HR-V, CR-V, Passport and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup, and the Odyssey minivan. Honda's electrified vehicle lineup includes the Accord Hybrid, CR-V Hybrid, and soon, Civic Hybrid. The Prologue SUV, Honda's first volume battery-electric vehicle, will join the lineup this year.
Honda has been producing automobiles in America for over 40 years and currently operates 18 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2022, more than 99% of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, with more than two-thirds made in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
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1. MSRP excluding dealer labor charge and any applicable tax. Dealer prices may vary.