David C. Smith

David
C. Smith
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
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.
Bentley Not Worried About Higher Taxes on Wealthy
“It’s a question of confidence and not money, and confidence has been up over the last two years,” Bentley Motors President and COO Christophe Georges says.
Yes, There Was a Man Named Ward
A brief history of Ward's beginnings.
The Gap Between Detroit and Washington
The challenge of meeting the technical and economic costs of building safer vehicles with increasingly tough regulatory targets is not something highly appreciated in Washington circles, a former Ford executive says.
Product Development Efficiency Gets More Attention
Although manufacturing efficiency will remain important, a recent Oliver Wyman study shows it will become less prominent between now and 2017.
Brose North America Nurtures Innovation
The supplier’s top U.S. executive credits much of the company’s success to a strategy of nurturing new thinking, but reminds that “innovation is not innovation until it produces sales.”
GM Targets Millenials to Meet Hiring Goals
The auto maker knows it must appeal to under-30 Millenials that now number 40 million Americans, with another 40 million “coming up behind them.”
Steady Climb Seen for U.S. New-Vehicle Sales
An aging automotive fleet and strong used-car prices will help drive demand in the new-vehicle market, says an analyst with R.L. Polk.
Automotive Among Best-Performing Sectors
The U.S. will turn in the third consecutive year of double-digit sales gains to more than 14 million vehicles this year, Ford’s chief economist says, and “the long-term outlook is good.”
‘Skyactiv’ Meaning Cloudy
Mazda uses the branding to denote its effort to go after “grams” to reduce vehicle weight, improve fuel economy and lower emissions.
New Hydraulic Hybrid System Claims Big MPG Boost
The unit is designed to be installed easily on existing automatic transmission lines, is lighter weight than electric-hybrid systems and said to be half the cost.
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