David C. Smith

C. Smith

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

Looking Back on Half-Century of Camaro Camaraderie
While the Mustang set a first-year sales record of 417,000 that still stands, Camaro in its initial year sold a respectable 220,906. Through seven months this year Mustang led 72,530-42,354 as passenger cars in general have slipped.
Flexibility Key for Suppliers Managing Downturn
A Management Briefing Seminars panel of two automakers (Honda and Volkswagen) and supplier Yazaki indicate the key to coping with lower volume will be increased flexibility.
Nissan, Indian Firm Team Up for $3,559 4-Seat Car 4
The minicar, currently available only in India but aimed at emerging markets, was launched in June.
Road to MBS: Ragtop Fan Adores Buick Cascada Convertible
The Cascada shares little with today’s Buicks in looks or otherwise, but it stands out on its own as a sleekly designed specialty car in a market where mainstream convertibles have become rarities.
Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Snow…
Mitsubishi Electric teams with AccuWeather to combine navigation routing and up-to-the-minute weather reports, allowing drivers to dodge dicey road conditions.
Connecting ‘Factory Floor With the Top Floor’ 1
A Toyota executive says his group began focusing on person-to-person and machine-to-machine communication in 2013 to learn how the Industrial Internet of Things could improve machine maintenance, quality and logistics.
Army Trucks and Michigan DOT Talk to Each Other on I-69
Four line-haul Class 8-plus-size autonomous military trucks and 20 roadside radio signals helping them communicate with their surroundings underwent successful testing along a 7-mile stretch of Michigan freeway.
U.S. Army Zeroes in on Autonomous Vehicles 1
Much of TARDEC’s work is classified, but one mission is not: Seeking collaboration with outside sources on autonomous technology.
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.


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