David C. Smith

David
C. Smith
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Expert Sees Electric-Vehicle Growth Charging Ahead
Denso’s Denise Carlson says GM, Nissan and Tesla are the primary EV producers, but European automakers such as Audi, BMW and Jaguar “are taking Tesla seriously,” as are Ford and other Asian automakers.
Magna’s Walker: Fully Autonomous Vehicles Not Here Yet
Artificial intelligence still may not distinguish between “a ball on the road and the child who kicked it,” Magna CEO Donald Walker says.
Lear Looks Beyond Seating to High Tech
Lear President and CEO Matthew Simoncini says a convergence is at hand between traditional automotive manufacturing and advancing technology including connected vehicles, fully autonomous vehicles, alternative powertrains and mobility solutions.
Suppliers Need to ‘Reboot’ for Sea Change That’s Coming
“We are in a unique situation where we have critical mass to apply to these technologies,” such as autonomous and electric vehicles, OESA’s Mike Jackson says. “We need engaged planning. We have traditionally shown we can add value.”
Explorer Platinum Loaded With Luxury and Tech Features
Observations during the trip: Pleasant ride on both smooth and patchy roads; extremely low wind noise; fast-acting climate control; height of seats excellent for forward viewing and overall comfort; and easy-to-use voice controls.
Toyota Hangs On in Venezuela
“We’re not writing off Venezuela,” says Toyota’s Steve St. Angelo. “It’s tough down there, but we’ll take care of our dealers and operations and everything (eventually) will be OK.”
Americans Missing at MBS NAFTA Session
The Center for Automotive Research tried repeatedly to line up an American official to participate in this week’s discussion of the free-trade agreement at a conference in Michigan. Canadian and Mexican representatives carried on without a U.S. spokesman.
GM’s Maven Orders 250 More Bolts for Car-Sharing Test
During a recent 45-day period the Bolt EV fleet traveled enough to consume 50,000 gallons of gasoline, yet did so with zero emissions.
3-D Printing Can Cut Time, Cost in Auto Industry
There’s potential to reduce the price tag of developing an entirely new vehicle from $600 million today to just $60 million, says a top official with the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
How ‘Billionaires Can Become Millionaires’
AM General executive says startups must do their homework. “They should look at things like successful companies, government regulations and costs, then possibly take their ideas and find a suitable partner,” Kevin Rahrig says.
GM, Ford Logos Absent From Charity Car Show
Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai and a batch of automotive suppliers are supporting the Eyes on Design Automotive Design Exhibition.
The Incredible Shrinking General Motors 2
While it may be a blow to GM’s ego to part ways with Opel, which has been a key source for engineering and product development, not everyone agrees it’s a full-scale retreat.
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.
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