David C. Smith

David
C. Smith
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
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.
New Technology Reinvents the Wheel 
Lacks’ only customer to date is Audi, which is using the innovation on its flagship ’15 A8 Quattro. The A8 is a low-volume car, but for the privately owned supplier the application marks a significant breakthrough.
Ford Introduces Edgy Edge Concept in Los Angeles
The Edge concept has a long list of what Ford calls “semi-autonomous features,” but not all of the technologies likely will be available in the first production models.
Colorado Puts Chevrolet Back in Midsize Pickup Market 1
The Colorado won’t be available until next fall because GM is in the midst of a new-product cadence led by the recently introduced, all-new fullsize Chevrolet Silverado pickup.
Manufacturing Whiz, Ward’s Columnist Steve Sharf Dies at 92
Sharf arrived in the U.S. in 1947 without a cent in his pocket, but rose to the top of Chrysler’s ranks.
VIA Targets First Electric Truck Sales for 2014 2
Some 30 potential fleet customers are supporting development of the VIA EREV trucks, including Verizon and Pacific Gas & Electric.
Auto Analyst Forecasts 18 Million North American LV Sales by 2019
The higher sales rate will recoup the estimated 3 million units lost during the 2008-2010 U.S. recession. “It should be 98% recovered by 2016,” says Mike Jackson.
Scrappage Rate Hits Historic High, Bodes Well for Future
R.L. Polk analyst is optimistic about future sales as buyers eventually replace a growing number of aging vehicles.
Ford Expands ‘Simulated Factory’ Training Worldwide
The auto maker’s goal is to improve the safety and health of workers before they actually begin assembling cars, says manufacturing chief Jim Tetreault.
GM’s Economist: Young Not Necessarily Losing Interest in Cars
Younger consumers face barriers such as higher unemployment, lower income, stiffer insurance rates and the fact new cars and trucks cost more as content and regulations add to sticker prices, Mustafa Mohatarem says.
Coming Age of V2V Gaining Speed at UMTRI
The research program, aimed at improving highway safety, was launched a year ago and has about six months to go. So far, UMTRI has generated 37,500 V2V interactions as the vehicles have logged 6 million miles of driving.
Lutz Scorches, Praises Leaders in ‘Icons and Idiots’
Full of anecdotes, humor, barbs and battles, the title is a bit misleading; there are few true idiots and most of the purported icons have a goodly share of warts.
Fisker Woes Won’t Dash Destino Plans
Bob Lutz tells WardsAuto VL has received hundreds of inquiries from Karma owners who may have an interest in converting their cars to V-8 power.
Niche Maker Rebuilds Fisker EV With Corvette Engine 2
VLP purchased two used Karmas, removed the electric-propulsion system and batteries and installed LS9 supercharged 650-hp engines and drivetrains supplied by the Chevrolet Racing unit.
VIA Adds SUV to Lineup of Electric-Powered Trucks
Board member Bob Lutz likens the VIA trucks to the Chevrolet Volt extended-range EV he pushed into production while head of product development at General Motors.
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