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Walkinshaw retrofits Holden Commodore VF with wireless smartphone mirroring

Walkinshaw offers an Apple CarPlay/Android Auto reftrofit for VF1-generation Holden Commodores and HSVs.

The Holden Commodore may be long gone from Australian showrooms, but Walkinshaw Performance’s continued support for the model now sees wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring added via a plug-in module.  

The plug-and-play solution is initially only available to VF1-generation Commodores, including HSV models, and plugs in under the dash out of sight.

This bestows the existing 8.0-inch MyLink colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality using the car’s own Bluetooth system.

The system costs $1199 and can be installed at any Walkinshaw retailer.

While Holden’s MyLink infotainment system already contains an array of functions, the Walkinshaw module allows Commodore drivers to receive and respond to messages hands free, make calls, and get navigational directions.

It also opens the possibility of native Spotify integration or DAB+ digital radio, plus podcasts and audio books.

The module is being developed for VF2-generation Holden Commodores, likely available some time in 2022.

Walkinshaw is not the only manufacturer to offer dealer-fit smartphone mirroring solutions. Mazda offers an OEM Apple CarPlay retrofit for around $500 for its cars fitted with an MZD Connect infotainment system, and Porsche will even kit-out its classic 911s with a CarPlay retrofit.

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