David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
New Audi A7’s Exterior Sleek, But Real Design Drama Inside the Cabin
The German automaker dumps its long-running, well-received and widely copied console-mounted man-machine interface controller and 32 other buttons in favor of a haptic touchscreen that looks and functions like a smartphone.
Daimler Plans Cautious March to Autonomous
The automaker isn’t looking to move to fully autonomous cars in a single jump, saying neither the technology nor market will be ready soon.
GM, Waymo Out Front in Autonomous, Navigant Says
Ford drops from first to fourth in the researcher’s rankings, as others step up the pace to bring self-driving vehicles to market.
2018 Winner: Toyota Camry 2.5L 4-Cyl./Single Motor Hybrid
The Camry Hybrid’s mix of gasoline and electric power works like a well-choreographed dance, delivering impressive fuel economy with performance to boot.
New Mercedes G-Class Changes Mostly Everything and Almost Nothing
Mercedes updates its most serious off-roader, but is careful to ensure the vehicle doesn’t lose any of its iconic design cues.
All-Electric MEB Platform to Drive New Firsts at VW
The new architecture will consolidate electronic controls and reduce the number of microprocessors, advance the application of new driver-assistance technology and somewhat alter the way cars are built at the German automaker.
Automakers, Suppliers Must Refocus to Protect Profitability, Consultancy Says
An estimated 40% of industry profitability will be derived from electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and on-demand mobility services by 2030, BCG says. Existing automakers and suppliers need to act now if they are to get a piece of that action and survive.
Visteon Looks to Play Big Role in Autonomous Vehicles With DriveCore
The supplier wants to become the autonomous-vehicle systems integrator for global automakers, using its new central domain controller as the centerpiece for the advanced technology.
XC40 Marks Biggest Step Yet in Volvo-Geely Collaboration
Volvo’s engineering and R&D chief talks to WardsAuto about joint development of the new CMA compact-vehicle platform and where things may be headed with electrification.
BMW Makes Bet on Solid-State Battery 1
The automaker will help with research at developer Solid Power, which is targeting its solid-state battery technology to be available in EVs in the 2027-2028 timeframe.
VW Looks to Build MEB-Based Electrics in North America
A U.S. production site appears likely, but the automaker may be delaying a decision on a new dedicated-EV plant in part due to uncertainty over NAFTA.
Nissan’s U.S. Dealers to Get Their Brazilian Kicks
The B-segment Kicks represents the first new nameplate from the automaker in eight years and extends Nissan’s lineup in the growing CUV sector.
VW’s Electric MEB Platform About More Than Just Powertrain 1
While the shift in focus to electrics initially may have been motivated by VW’s Dieselgate emissions scandal, it appears the strategy now goes well beyond plugging holes in the automaker’s lineup, to changing the very way its vehicles are bought and sold.
BMW Wants to Drive Autonomous-Vehicle Movement
The automaker peels back the curtain on its mobility gameplan and argues it’s in a better position than most to lead the way into the future.
VW Adds R-Line to Tiguan CUV
Special wheels, trim and interior treatment highlight the new models.
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