David E. Zoia

E. Zoia
Editorial Director,

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

2017 10 Best Engines: Separated at Birth
The 2.0L turbocharged engines in the Audi A4, Mercedes C300 and BMW 330i seem as if cast from the same mold. But they weren’t, and there are subtle differences.
FCA Reports Sharp Drop in U.S. Sales in November
Even Jeep, which along with the Ram truck brand has been carrying the ball for the automaker most of 2016, saw demand weaken during the month.
Ground Broken, Plans Detailed for Autonomous-Vehicle Test Track
The first of three test tracks to be built on the grounds of a one-time World War II bomber plant, a 2.5-mile highway loop, is expected to be in operation by the end of 2017.
48V Hybrid Application First of Many for Continental, Execs Say
The German supplier says 48V electrical architectures, which increase the onboard energy available to enhance powertrain performance or power the rapidly expanding list of comfort and convenience features, should be in place on 25 million new vehicles produced annually worldwide by 2030.
VW Says Passat GT Has Production Potential 
The concept features sport accents and is powered by VW’s VR6 engine.
Volkswagen Mulls Road Map for New Atlas CUV
VW doesn’t believe the new Atlas is the final piece of the puzzle, “but it closes one of the biggest gaps that we have at the moment,” says the automaker’s top North American engineer.
Active Market for Active Grilles
Mega-supplier Magna International says it already produces millions of wind-cheating active grilles for cars and trucks annually, with automakers beginning to employ even more advanced designs and eyeing spin-off product concepts.
GM Continues to Gain Traction in U.S. Retail Market in October
The automaker outperformed expectations for the month overall, but most important was the rise in retail share and transaction prices posted in October.
Fate of VW in America Rides on Atlas’ Shoulders
The MQB-based model is late to the midsize-large CUV party in the U.S., but it could be arriving in the nick of time to stem the brand’s diesel-driven market slide.
North American Assembly Possible for Expanding Supplier Magna
Magna says the business climate could be right for adding vehicle-assembly capacity in the NAFTA region, where automakers are running their plants full tilt.
FCA Bullish on Pickups, New AWD Car Platform
The automaker says it is sharpening its incentive plan on fullsize pickups to target specific sectors over the next 90 days, and it says the full ramifications of its new Giorgio car/CUV architecture are “yet to be seen.”
NADA Chairman: Tesla Model Wouldn’t Add Up for Most Automakers 4
Dealers spend a lot of money on facilities, service and sales training and inventorying cars and trucks. Those are costs manufacturers would have to carry on their books if they insist on direct sales, Jeff Carlson says.
More Flair Needed in Infotainment, Designer Says
Nearly all infotainment systems look alike, Pocketsquare Design co-founder Dave Lyon says, meaning car manufacturers are missing an opportunity to wow buyers and establish distinctive brand identities.
Cars to Make Comeback in Battle Over Connectivity
Industry insiders and analysts say smartphones ultimately will be relied on less for in-vehicle connectivity as cars add more robust computing capacity and capability.
UX Story Ends Well With Ford Escape
The automaker gets it right with the Escape’s third-generation Sync system, which is lightning fast and easy to use.

Dec 6, 2016

2017 Wards 10 Best Engines: Falling in Love With 6-Cyl. Turbos 2

BMW and Ford each have two stout turbo-6s in the hunt this year, while Infiniti has one. All five are smooth, extremely refined, reasonably fuel-efficient and dishing up loads of horsepower and torque....More


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