Here are the five must-read, must-watch auto news stories, reviews, and videos for Monday, June 15, 2015.
INSIDE THE AUTO INDUSTRY
We won’t know the full impact of how this will alter – or not alter – the way the Volkswagen Group develops its cars. But rather than one large group, VW is about to be separated into four holding companies. According to Reuters, one of these will include Porsche, Bugatti, and Bentley. Another includes Audi, Lamborghini, and the Ducato motorcycle brand. VW’s own Volkswagen brand joins Skoda and Seat. The remaining holding company will include the MAN, Scania, and VW Commercial vehicles, Reuters says.
Is Kia about to catch its Hyundai corporate partner in the U.S. sales race? May was perhaps nothing more than an anomaly, but Kia averaged only 46 fewer sales per day last month than Hyundai.
We linked to one Mercedes-Benz Metris review last week. But because this is a whole new kind of vehicle for Mercedes-Benz in North America, it’s important that we have a well-rounded viewpoint. Here’s Automobile Magazine’s take. Just don’t assume that because it’s a Mercedes-Benz that the Metris will be the, well, Mercedes-Benz of minivans.
More than one-third of the new vehicles sold in Canada so far this year have been SUVs and crossovers. These are the top brands in the SUV/CUV sales war.
Finally, the future is here. In-car infotainment, even at its best, hasn’t been great when developed by the automakers themselves. But Consumer Reports takes a look at Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto, and it just looks so much more… normal.