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Android Auto expands: Rolling out calendar, EV charging, navigation apps this year

New types of apps are coming to Android Auto’s catalog.


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Big changes to the Android Auto in-car smartphone interface are just around the corner according to a release by Google this morning. New, expanded categories of driver-focused, third-party apps are coming down the road, with the first being a new Calendar app from Google itself.

Android Auto currently boasts over 3,000 compatible apps in the Google Play store with “purpose-built functionality for use in the car,” according to Google. However, most of those apps are simple audio playback apps (like Spotify or Pocket Casts) or messaging services,

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2021 Ford Explorer prices decline for new model year

Definitely wait for the 2021 model.


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The 2021 Ford Explorer will be a better deal for those shopping three-row SUVs.

Prices released via Ford’s order guide show the base Explorer receives a $540 price cut and a final cost of $33,470 after a $1,245 destination charge. The bigger change comes from the volume-selling Explorer XLT trim. The SUV when fitted with either rear-wheel drive now costs $35,245. The outgoing model checks in at $38,170, reflecting a nearly $3,000 price decrease. The savings continue to the all-wheel drive model, too.

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The old Ram 1500 will carry on for another year, report says

Even though it’s old, the Ram 1500 Classic is still a very good truck.


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Full-size pickup trucks are expensive. And some folks truly want or need the size and capability of a half-ton truck without spending a ton of money. That’s why Fiat-Chrysler continues to sell the old Ram 1500 — now called the 1500 Classic — alongside the new and mproved fancy-pants model. That doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon, either.

CarsDirect reports the Ram 1500 Classic will carry on into the 2021 model year, priced from $30,140 for a Tradesman 4×2 Regular Cab model. That represents

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Genesis sold fewer than 100 G70 sedans with manual transmissions in a year

No more stick.


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It’s no secret America has by and large fallen out of love with the manual transmission, but even some automakers pushing performance-oriented and sporty cars are starting to face reality. Last week it was the Honda Accord, this week it’s the Genesis G70.

The Korean luxury brand told Roadshow Thursday it sold fewer than 100 G70 sedans equipped with the manual transmission option in the past year. To put that into perspective, just this past June, Genesis sold 897 G70s total in a single month — amid the coronavirus pandemic at that.

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