David C. Smith

C. Smith

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

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.
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.


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