David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Chevrolet to Step It Up in Emerging Markets With New Vehicle Family
The new platform is part of GM’s architecture consolidation program first announced in October that calls for the launch of four new global architectures between 2020 and 2025 that will cover the bulk of the automaker’s lineup.
Chrysler Brand Chips In as FCA Posts Strong June in U.S.
Jeep’s best June ever, plus a strong showing from Chrysler’s 200 model, helped offset dips at Ram and FCA’s other brands.
Ford to Use Beacons to Beckon Buyers
Under a pilot program dealers will attach beacons to models they want to feature in their showrooms. As a shopper walks around the vehicle, the devices will broadcast key information to the customer’s smartphone that might help close a sale.
Ford to Use Beacons to Beckon Buyers
Under a pilot program dealers will attach beacons to models they want to feature in their showrooms. As a shopper walks around the vehicle, the devices will broadcast key information to the customer’s smartphone that might help close a sale.
Ford Back at LeMans for 50th Anniversary of Historic Win
The racer will be powered by a high-output version of the automaker’s 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 and is expected to lead to lightweighting and other innovations that could filter down to production models.
India-Built EcoSport Could Be U.S.-Bound, Report Says
In a meeting with financial analysts last week, Ford CFO Bob Shanks noted the potential is there under the One Ford plan to bring product to the U.S. from outside of North America.
Big Automaker Mergers Rarely Add Up, Ford CFO Tells Analysts 1
Plans designed to maximize production efficiency that may look good on paper rarely achieve such savings in the real world, says a top Ford executive. That’s because suppliers may play a bigger role than automakers when it comes to economies of scale.
Honda to Lead Product Pace to ʼ19, Pick Up Share, Analyst Predicts
In looking at track records over the past two decades, it’s clear that low average product-replacement rates translate into market-share losses and vice versa, says BofA Merrill Lynch’s John Murphy, meaning Honda has the best chance to conquest customers.
Ford Posts May U.S. Sales Gain Despite F-Series Supply Squeeze
F-150 inventory is turning every 26 days, compared with 83 days for competitive fullsize pickups, Ford says. ATPs are up $3,300 to $43,300.
Frustrated Ultracap Supplier Sees Light at End of Tunnel
Automakers are investing heavily in lightweighting and new engine technology to improve fuel economy. But they could get a bigger bang for the buck simply by replacing batteries with supercapacitors in stop-start applications, Ioxus’ marketing chief says.
Honda’s Aggressive Truck Push Takes Step With Pilot Launch in Lincoln
The automaker is making a big play in trucks with the new Pilot, just-launched HR-V small CUV and a planned return next year of the Ridgeline pickup. But how much that will shift its mix away from cars remains to be seen, a top executive says.
HUD, Virtual Reality Next Step Toward Autonomous Vehicles
Enhanced heads-up displays will allow consumers to begin to trust vehicle safety systems such as lane departure warning and automated braking, paving the way for wider acceptance of more advanced autonomous-vehicle technology.
Electrification Move May Point Toward Another Win for CPT 5
The U.K.-based technology developer believes 48 volts is the sweet spot for its advanced stop-start system, which it says now is capable of boosting fuel economy 18%, thanks to some recent software tweaks.
Mazda Does It Again, Only Better
It’s the little things that separate the bigger sedan from its Mazda3 sibling and give the Mazda6 a more finely tuned appearance. The list includes a more luxurious center console, trimmed in padded leather.
Lexus, Trucks Carry Day for Toyota in Sluggish April
Look for a better May from the Japan-based automaker, which is launching its second major national sales campaign this month and says it is working to fix pipeline bottlenecks that have left it short on inventory of key models.
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