Tech-Savvy Drivers Weigh in on the Connected Car Race

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Connected World magazine announces the winners of the 2015 Connected Car of the Year Awards, as well as the winner of the People's Choice for connected-car system.

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“Carmakers must provide satisfaction throughout the consumer relationship, from research and purchasing, to ownership and operation."

Apple CarPlay. Android Auto. Autonomous vehicles. With the advancement of the connected car, the automobile industry is changing. Which car companies are prepared to meet the consumers’ needs? Connected World magazine went under the hood to find out, announcing the 2015 Connected Car of the Year winners today.

The Connected World magazine Connected Car of the Year honors vehicles with technology that strikes the right balance of safety, convenience, and infotainment. Chosen by the editorial team at Connected World magazine, the winners for 2015 were named in the categories of small, midsize, luxury, ultra luxury, green, and truck.

“Carmakers must provide satisfaction throughout the consumer relationship, from research and purchasing, to ownership and operation. Whether it’s SIM cards, easy-to-use in-vehicle systems, or safety features, consumers know what they want when it comes to the connected car,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Connected World. “The auto companies willing to listen to those needs and step up to the challenge will find success, as well as loyal, happy customers.”

The 2015 Connected Car of the Year winners are:
Small: Ford Fusion (SYNC with MyFord Touch)
Midsize: Infiniti Q50 (Infiniti InTouch)
Luxury: Mercedes-Benz    E-Class Sedan (mbrace)
Ultra Luxury: Audi A8 (Audi connect)
Green: Tesla Model S    
Truck: Ford F-150 (SYNC with MyFord Touch)

Connected World surveyed more than 1,100 tech-savvy drivers on the connected car, asking them to weigh in on their vehicle, infotainment, and safety preferences. Some 96% of the respondents are currently driving their preferred vehicle. The 2015 winner of the People’s Choice for connected-car system is Ford SYNC.

To learn more about the Connected Car of the Year, please visit connectedworld.com/lists/ccoy

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