David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

Dave writes about manufacturing, vehicle technology, management issues and international trends.

Articles
Mercedes GLC Nails It
The interior of the moderately priced CUV simply oozes quality. Its finely crafted seats, wood and metal trim and upscale headliner make the cabin an inviting place to be, and its intuitive human-machine interface perfectly bridges the gap between man and machine.
Ford’s April U.S. Sales Mirror Industry: Trucks Strong, Cars Weak
F-Series deliveries topped the 70,000 mark for the second straight month, the first time that’s happened in almost a decade, and Ford-brand utilities set an April record.
Jeep, Ram Vans, Minivans Drove FCA’s U.S. Showroom Traffic in April 1
Cars and MPVs were down 8% in volume, while utility vehicles rose 13% and trucks gained 12%, the automaker says.
Some Market Pressures, But GM China Expects Continued Growth
GM now has capacity to build 5 million vehicles in China, and it expects to need every one of those units. “Our outlook is pretty optimistic,” says market chief Matt Tsien.
FCA’s NAFTA Production Shift Takes Hold on Heels of Strong Q1
CEO Sergio Marchionne says the sourcing plan will see more UAW jobs added and promises not one unit of profitable Ram and Jeep output will be lost during the retooling.
Lightweighting Critical to 2025 CAFE, But Will Take Commitment 2
Taking mass out may be the toughest challenge automakers face. It not only takes clever engineering, but also requires major commitments in capital for new tooling and manufacturing processes.
VW Shows Premium SUV Direction With Beijing Concept
The show vehicle is billed as the automaker’s new “high-tech direction” in the premium SUV segment, likely signaling the path for its next-gen Touareg model.
DARPA Project to Seek Lightyear-Like Leap in Design, Manufacturing
Manufacturers haven’t been able to fully exploit advancements in new materials, because computer-aided design and engineering tools haven’t kept pace, says a program manager for the government agency.
Political Pundits, Dealers Agree: End the Gridlock in Washington
When it comes to who should be the next president of the United States, it seems everyone at NADA is on the same page: Someone who will know how to work with the other party.
VW Says More Product, Autonomy Will Rebuild Brand in U.S.
VW brand CEO Herbert Diess met privately with ailing retailers at the National Automobile Dealers Assn. convention Saturday.
Ford Dealers Solving Riddle of Selling Flexible Transit Van
There are myriad ways to outfit the popular fullsize van, which means selling the Transit requires deep product knowledge and a firm understanding of each customer’s unique needs.
Longer Loans, High Lease Penetration No Problem, Experian Says
The glut of off-lease vehicles returning to inventory this year threatens to erode pricing, but Experian believes the buyer-loyalty benefits of leasing far outweigh those risks.
NADA Sees Continued Strong LV Sales, But Pricing Pressures Evident
Rising incentives and the huge supply off off-lease vehicles returning to showrooms – many of them in unpopular segments such as small and midsize cars – are chief culprits in the profit pressure to come.
Lexus to Test One-Price Selling in U.S. Pilot Program
Eleven dealers have signed on for the LexusPlus program, which aims to bring luxury-level hospitality to the new-car showroom. The pilot project follows a growing industry trend among upscale brands to offer buyers more personalized, concierge-type services.
Change or Risk Extinction, Hyundai Executive Warns Dealers
The automaker’s U.S. CEO says one-price selling and other changes to the retail model are needed – and fast – if new-vehicle dealers are to ward off competition from emerging-technology competitors.
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