According to a report from USA Today, Hyundai will no longer be offering a free Apple iPad with the purchase of its Equus flagship sedan. Currently, the iPad serves as a sort of interactive owners manual, allowing customers to learn about all of their car's features, locate dealerships and even schedule service appointments. It's pretty slick, and a unique selling point for the Equus, but for the 2012 model year, this feature has been discontinued.
In speaking to USA Today, Hyundai spokesperson Jim Trainor said that the iPads were only intended to be a one-year promotion for the Equus' first year of sales in the United States. Every Equus comes with a prolific dead-tree manual, and this will now be the only reference point for Equus information moving forward. Trainor added that the Equus iPad app will still be available for download on customers' personal devices – the Apple product simply won't be included with the purchase of the vehicle.
We've had many chances to play around with the Hyundai iPad app, and we've even used it to schedule service appointments for our long-term 2011 Equus Ultimate. Follow the jump for a video of the iPad app in action.