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Honda Gold Wing becomes first motorcycle to offer Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are now available for Gold Wing motorcycles.

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In May, Honda announced that its Gold Wing motorcycles were getting Android Auto integration. That is now a reality as the technology joins Apple CarPlay on the motorcycle.

The Gold Wing is Honda's flagship motorcycle. Its family consists of the Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour, which start at $23,800 and $27,500 respectively. The technology enhancement will include all current-model Gold Wing platform vehicles (2018 and newer).

With the addition, customers with Android 5.0 or later smartphones and the Android Auto app can use Android Auto to stream music, take and place calls, and message while using their motorcycle. These functionalities mirror those of Apple CarPlay and match up with how Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are traditionally used in passenger cars.

Honda Gold Wing Navigation 2019 Last year, Honda issued an update to the motorcycles' navigation system.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are a free addition to the Gold Wing family of motorcycles.

To get the technology in their motorcycle, owners of 2018-2020 motorcycles need to visit the Honda Powersports website. The free software update includes Android Auto capability as well as audio equalizer adjustments, ew navigation automatic volume adjustments, four-color map selection, ETA function, speed limit signs shown for the route, and the ability to display Chinese and Korean characters on music tiles and in a phone book.

To complete the update, owners will need a USB 2.0 or higher flash drive with at least 16 GB capacity, a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, and at least one hour of time. There are separate downloads for Mac and PC users.

Detailed instructions for completing the update have been provided by Honda on the website and appear straightforward. It's important to note that this update rewrites your navigation and favorites location history. If you have a destination worth saving, you'll want to have the information stored elsewhere ahead of starting the update.

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The 2022 Honda Civic Sedan will be made in Canada.

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The 11th-generation Honda Civic has arrived, bringing with it a toned down exterior appearance compared to the 10th-generation model, but a funkier interior. The Civic has been the top choice for first-time American buyers, Millennials, Gen Z, and multicultural customers since 2015.

With the new Civic, designers wished to give the car a more planted appearance. This was achieved by moving the A-pillars forward nearly two inches, elongating the hood, and visually connecting the pillar to the front wheel hub. The low cowl hides the windshield wipers allowing better forward visibility. Additionally, the outside mirrors have been positioned away from the windshield pillars.

2022 Honda Civic Sedan Sport

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Honda's team has also widened the track of the car, emphasizing the new dimensions with stronger shoulders, wide-set LED taillights, and a more aerodynamic trailing edge of the trunk lid. Headlights, daytime running lights, parking lights, and available fog lights all utilize LED lights.

Suspension improvements, a 1.4-inch longer wheelbase, and lessened noise, vibration, and harshness contribute to the Civic's better ride generation-over-generation and more dynamic drive capabilities.

Honda plans to sell the Civic Sedan in eight paint jobs, including three new ones: Meteorite Gray Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl, and Morning Mist Blue Metallic.

Honda will sell the new Civic with the same powertrains that were in the 2021 model: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 1.5-liter turbo-four. Both are paired with a continuously variable transmission. Though they are the same engine, Honda tells that power deliver, engine sound, overall refinement, and fuel economy ratings have been improved. The 1.5-liter has also gotten a power boost.

Normal and Eco drive modes are standard. A Sport mode is available in some models.

The best fuel economy comes from the Civic EX, which gets an EPA-estimated 33 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway, and 36 mpg combined.

The car's changeover includes design and technology refreshes and additions in the interior as well. The car's instrument panel has been designed with minimal cutlines to improve windshield reflections and visual distractions. There's new honeycomb mesh stretched from door to door across the dashboard that encompasses air vents under one harmonious look.

Product planners have paid special attention to the touch points of the new Civic, ensuring that high-quality and practical materials abound. For example, there's new premium center console trim specifically designed to hide fingerprints and smudges to help maintain a high-end appearance.

2022 Hodna Civic Sedan Touring

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Honda has enhanced the car's front seat design, introducing next-gen seat framing that firmly holds the body in place, enhancing comfort on long trips.

Much of the Civic's technology is similar to what you'll find in the 2021 Honda Accord. Civic LX, Sport, and EX grades get a seven-inch LCD instrument display that puts the all-digital speedometer and tachometer on the left side of the panel while the physical speedometer dial is on the right.

In the top-level Touring trim, Civic gets a fully digital instrument panel that measures 10.2 inches. Here, drivers can choose between having their speedometer and tachometer displayed as a dial or a bar graph that flanks the screen. In the middle is a variety of user-selectable information, such as the current music selection and a trip computer, with the center of the display used to indicate the status of various Honda Sensing safety and driver assist systems. The brake lights, headlights, and turn signals of the displayed Civic vehicle image turn on and off with those functions.

Civic LX, Sport, and EX get a standard seven-inch infotainment touch screen that comes complete with ta volume/power knob and tuning/selection knob. There's a row of hard buttons below the screen that perform skip, audio menu, and audio source functions. Civic Touring gets a nine-inch infotainment touch screen with similar buttons and knobs.

Honda has included a slight finger rest area below the screen to make selection easier. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Civic Touring comes standard with wireless charging capability and a custom-tuned, 12-speaker Bose audio system.

The 2022 Civic will be the first car in the world to have Honda's next-generation airbags for both front row passengers. The passenger airbag is designed to expand and wrap around the head and shoulders of the parties for a brief moment upon impact disallowing spinning and twisting of the neck, head, and shoulders, and lessening the impact of knocks to the upper body. The donut-shaped driver's airbag performs a similar function.

The automaker's upgraded suite of Honda Sensing active safety and driver assist technologies now uses a single camera system that provides a wider field of view than the previous radar-and-camera-based system. More powerful computer processing speeds and fresh obstacle and road sign detection abilities make the system more accurate and quicker to respond than before.

Honda Sensing also has added traffic jam assist functionality and more natural steering action when using lane keep assist. Low speed braking control has been added for 2022.

The 11th-generation will be produced in Alliston, Ontario, Canada, and for the first time, the Civic Hatchback will be manufactured in the U.S., at the company's Greensburg, Indiana plant. All Civic production in North American will use domestic and globally-sourced parts.

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A new Honda design concept is coming to the interior of their lineup.

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A fresh video from Honda shows off a new interior design that will translate into its upcoming 2022 Honda Civic and beyond. The design concept, called "Simplicity and Something" reflects the time honored tradition of human-centric design while modernizing and simplifying the look of the interior of Honda vehicles.

It's been created to optimize passenger space, which is reflected not just in the wheel design and electronics but also in the shape and size of the greenhouse provided.

In the new video, Johnathan Norman, Creative Lead for Honda Interior Design in the U.S., provides insight into the new philosophy behind the interior design direction.

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"Simplicity in design requires not only a strong philosophy, but a discipline toward the user experience," said Norman. "We've heard from designers working for other brands who say they were inspired by the simple, human-centered design of old Hondas. Well, so are we!"

Nearly all of what is seen in the video is new for Honda. Long, thin elements blend the dashboard vents in with the rest of the sculptural element. The new Hyundai Ioniq 5, Nissan Ariya, and Kia EV6 take a similar approach. A longer and skinnier infotainment screen is shown resting atop the dash with a simplified three-dial design demo it. Some physical buttons appear to still remain.

Below the center stack is a small item storage space in front of a new shifter design. Beside that are drive mode selectors and an auto hold button. There's another button too, which may be for traction control or hill descent control, but its graphics aren't clear in the image.

Panning from right to left, the start button appears to still be in its natural position on the dashboard behind the right side of the steering wheel. The steering wheel design is a complete redo with a fresh layout and newly styled buttons, some of which illuminate. Paddle shifters are present.

In front of the driver is a fully-digital instrument panel that is hooded like Nissan's rather than hanging out on its own like in the Ford Mustang Mach-E.

There appear to be a number of hard plastic and piano black surfaces as well as more dynamic materials making an appearance. It's likely that upgraded fabrics and materials would continue to be present in future high trim level models.

The 2022 Honda Civic makes its full debut later this week, complete with a complete look at the interior. Stay tuned.

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