Toyota was named the most valuable auto brand in the world in an annual study commissioned by WPP and Millward Brown. Toyota has been consistent, topping the automobile category in eight of the last ten years. BMW finished second with Mercedes in third place. Rounding out the top ten were Honda, Ford, Nissan, Audi, Volkswagen, Land Rover and Lexus.
Overall, Apple took over the top spot as the world’s most valuable brand displacing Google.
The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is the first new car to offer Android Auto, but you can bet others will follow the path to Google’s infotainment interface. It connects Android phones to the car’s dashboard screen via a cable thus allowing operators to utilize aps on the smartphone that are relevant to driving. That would include Google maps, hands free calling, and some music sources among other items. But to avoid driver distraction, not all of the aps on your Android will translate to your car. Here is a link that will explain it all:
Techie types have been heaping praise on the new system for its simplicity and voice commands. They said unlike similar systems this one actually works!
Due to one less selling day, Kelley Blue Book predicts May auto sales will be down one percent compared to a year ago. Yet, it believes sales will remain strong thanks to warmer weather and special deals offered over the holiday weekend. Fiat Chrysler is expected to produce a sales increase for the 62nd straight month largely due to the Jeep brand aided by the new “Baby Jeep”, the Renegade.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance will provide a fleet of 200 all-electric vehicles for the UN climate conference in Paris later this year.
More than 50 police departments around the country are using all electric motorcycles, according to Zero Motorcycles, a manufacturer of same. It said the lack of noise produced by the motor is proving to be “a tactical advantage for patrol officers.” The police model has a top speed of 98 mph and a maximum range of 178 miles on a charge.