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Honda bringing Android Auto to 2020 and newer Africa Twin models

Model year 2020 and younger Africa Twin motorcycles are getting Android Auto.

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Android Auto is coming to another Honda motorcycle line. Africa Twin models will gain Android Auto via an update to the system of motorcycles that are 2020 model year and newer. Android Auto is already available on Honda's Gold Wing line.

Bikers who use the Android Auto app will be able to seamlessly enjoy app services including music, phone calls and messaging, at no additional cost. To utilize Android Auto with Africa Twin models, a Bluetooth headset is also required (sold separately). App and communication costs may apply.

Honda AHonda's African Twin is getting new technology.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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The CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES and standard Africa Twin are primed for adventure. They already have Apple CarPlay integration. The Apple and Google products allow drivers to use the functionality of their smartphones without taking the hands off the wheel or handlebars.

Honda has promised that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration is coming to more models.

2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE

2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports SE

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Africa Twin owners who would like to add Android Auto integration should visit Honda's website, where detailed instructions will be provided for downloading the software to a USB drive and uploading it to their motorcycle. A passenger volume-control function will also be included in the software update.

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Honda announces new Odyssey Sport

Sport is a new trim for the Odyssey minivan.

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The Honda Odyssey may not be the most exciting vehicle in the world, but it's getting a new Sport model that at least makes it look the part. Honda will release the model for the 2023 model year, and the Odyssey line overall will be offered with a new Honda Service Pass, which includes two years of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

The Odyssey Sport slots into the Honda catalog between the EX-L and Touring trims. It comes with gloss-black exterior trim and black 19-inch wheels outside, and black leather with red stitching inside. The cabin comes with red accent lighting on the dash and in the footwells, and the roof pillars and headliner are both black. Under the hood, the Odyssey Sport gets the same 3.5-liter V6 from years past. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and comes paired with a ten=speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

2023 Honda Odyssey SportThe Sport comes with dark exterior trim and unique leather upholstery with red stitching inside. Honda

All Odyssey models come with Honda Sensing safety equipment, which includes adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection. The 2023 van hasn't been crash-tested yet, but the 2022 model earned a Top Safety Pick + award, so it's likely the new model will be rated similarly.

Honda Service Pass is a new program for 2023+ Honda vehicles. It covers routine scheduled maintenance for up to two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Under the program, buyers get free oil changes, tire rotations, and multi-point inspections.

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The 2023 Acura Integra is a very good thing
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After years of rumors and speculation, we finally got confirmation that the Acura Integra is returning. The iconic Japanese sports car left the market in the early 2000s, and has been notably absent since. Now, though, Acura is bringing it back. Today, the automaker announced that production had begun. The new Integra will be the first to be built in the U.S., and production will take place at Acura's Marysville Auto Plant. Interestingly, Acura's five other models are built in the Ohio facility.

2023 Acura Integra2023 Acura Integra reservations begin soonautomotivemap.com

The Integra will start arriving on dealers' lots in early June, and will carry a starting price of $30,800 before destination. The car is the only liftback in its segment, and gets a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. A six-speed manual is available, but buyers can opt for a continuously variable transmission.

2023 Acura IntegraThe new Integra comes as a five-door only. Acura

Acura says the Integra rolls down the same production line as the TLX sedan. The car required a rethink of Acura's production processes, and COVID-19 threw a wrench in development efforts. Acura notes its team worked rmotely and traveled to Japan to collaborate with home-office engineers. The Integra will also usher in a new training process for Acura, where associates learn the vehicle, the production process, and tooling before ever seeing the actual car.

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