Brand News: McDonald’s, Fiat Chrysler x Google, Tesla and More

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McDonald's Garlic Fries

IN THE NEWS:

Fiat Chrysler and Google confirm self-driving foray with 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.

Fiat Chrysler Google Self-Driving Pacifica

McDonald’s tests garlic fries in the US and music-making placemats in the Netherlands.

Takata expands air-bag recall by at least 35 million vehicles.

Tesla hits market with Powerwalls for home energy storage.

Tesla Powerwall

IN OTHER NEWS:

Adobe acquires Livefyre to help brands with user generated content.

Aeropostale files for bankruptcy protection.

Chanel makes history with fashion show in Cuba.

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo see soda sales rise again in Mexico after tax.

Coty, Estee Lauder and other beauty brands react to millennials’ makeover of their business.

Google Chrome is now the world’s top web browser.

Hulu aims to deliver what you want to watch next.

Instagram lets brands use videos in carousel ads.

Johnson & Johnson faces growing threat of lawsuits over talc and cancer.

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder

Mercedes-Benz widens US luxury auto sales lead with SUVs as its first pickup takes shape and rival BMW faces stiffer global outlook.

Nespresso expands recycling program with UPS to entire continental US.

POM Wonderful sees US Supreme Court allow curtailment of company’s health claims to stand.

POM Wonderful

Tampa Bay Times buys rival Tampa Tribune to consolidate and create nation’s fifth-largest Sunday-circulation newspaper.

Target gets tough with vendors to speed up supply chain.

CAMPAIGNS:

Chase promotes small businesses in new campaign.

Cisco highlights emergency relief efforts including refugee crisis in Europe:

PetSmart helps Arizona Diamondbacks go to the dogs.

PetSmart Arizona Diamondbacks

Sprint promotes safe driving with “The Last Emoji” sculpture (made out of a mangled car) in Miami.

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