David C. Smith

C. Smith

A long-time WardsAuto editor and veteran newsman, Dave focuses on management issues.

Autonomous Cars Tech-Ready
“We can get there with the technology,” Magna’s Swamy Kotagiri says at the Management Briefing Seminars. “The biggest hurdles relate to how much infrastructure (is necessary) and issues related to ethics and liability.”
Kiefer: GM Mending Supplier Relations
GM’s purchasing chief concedes the automaker has needed to mend supplier relations, but he says the push for component and vehicle commonality has resulted in longer-term sourcing, which benefits both sides.
Mexico Emerging as Global Player
An expert says lower wages, growing technology prowess, improved quality and productivity, plus its favorable location amenable to exports, are contributing to Mexico’s success in luring automotive investment.
GM’s Top Economist Raises 2015 Forecast 500,000 Units
Mohatarem credits growing employment and near-zero inflation as major factors in the more robust outlook. GM has kept a lid on big incentive programs, he says, which automakers typically employ to stir sales.
Road to MBS in Colorado: Pure Michigan Kick 2
The Chevy pickup has comfortable seats, a smooth ride and quiet cabin, and it passed the inclement weather test. But the gas gauge and storage bins are tiny. It’s a worthy competitor in the midsize pickup segment.
Steel Fights Back With Ultra HSS
Steel already has cut weight substantially. If a ’94 Taurus were made with today’s high-strength steel, it would weigh 30% less.
Stormy Night: Checking In by Cell-Phone Glow
Normally a beacon of light, the sprawling Grand Traverse Resort hosting MBS managed to keep open Sunday with a smattering of emergency lighting, but clerks needed glow sticks and light from cell phones to register guests.
UAW Aims to Open Door to South at Mercedes in Alabama
“The company provides for me and my family,” says George Jones, who is leading the union’s organizing effort at the Vance plant. “So why would I want to hurt it?”
GM Economist: Analysts Who Say Sales Have Peaked ‘Nuts’
Growing population, incomes, lower fuel prices and new, better vehicles promise continued sales growth, GM’s Mohatarem says.
RACER Cleaning Up Old GM
The RACER Trust, formed as a result of GM’s bankruptcy, is pushing to move some prime remaining sites. The organization so far has completed 31 transactions.
Industry Veteran Theodore Escapes Retirement
Identified closely with the K-car, Dodge Viper and minivan while at Chrysler and the GT and Mustang during his days at Ford, engineer Chris Theodore is keeping active consulting and inventing better turbochargers and EVs.
A Super Computer in Every Car? 
Electronics firm NVIDIA says it has 20 development projects under way with automakers, including one involving a mirror-less car.
‘Minimal’ Impact Expected From Interest-Rate Hike
LMC Automotive expects U.S. light-vehicle sales to reach 16.3 million this year, rising to 16.7 million in 2015 and 17.5 million by 2021.
AAM’s Dauch Calls for U.S. Manufacturing Revival
Challenges facing the U.S. manufacturing sector include cost pressures, adapting to new technology, finding and retaining skilled workers and overcoming what the executive calls structural cost burdens.
Mazda Sees 300,000-Plus U.S. Sales in Fiscal 2015
The brand’s North American chief says deliveries could hit 400,000 in fiscal 2016, as recently introduced models gain a firmer foothold and a new assembly plant in Mexico launches production in the spring.

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Nov 30, 2015

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