David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Clever Features, Attention to Detail Hallmarks of Winning Ram 1500 Limited
Ram’s flagship model is filled with the type of materials, design flourishes and clever functional touches generally reserved for high-end luxury cars. And it comes with a variety of interiors designed to fit any taste and purpose.
Dana’s E-Axle Enters Production for China
The new electric-drive system, targeted at Class 3-6 commercial vehicles, is said to be the first on the market that integrates an electric motor with a rigid axle in a single package.
Ultracaps Take Next Step With Maxwell’s Geely-Volvo Application
The installation on mild-hybrid versions of CMA-platform vehicles will provide the electrical-power bursts needed to restart the internal-combustion engine when it’s time to take over control from the electric motor.
New Lexus Big Test for Toyota’s Georgetown Plant and Its New Manager
Launch of the TNGA-based ES marks the first time the U.S. facility will undergo a complete model change on its Lexus line, where quality is paramount.
More Dynamic Lexus ES on Conquest Mission
The new model marks a dramatic departure in styling and performance – including the addition of an F Sport trim to the line – as Lexus looks to appeal to a more driving-oriented, younger buyer and lure customers away from competing brands.
Lexus Gets Aggressive With Revamped ES Model
The ’19 ES sedan follows the formula that has proved successful with the Toyota Camry: More aggressive styling, more powerful engines and an infusion of performance DNA.
Valens’ High-Speed Answer to Car Connectivity
Automobiles will choke on the data generated by proliferating infotainment features and coming autonomous systems without new high-speed connectivity technology onboard, the Israeli semiconductor company says.
SEG Readies 48V Tech Play as Life After Bosch Begins
Owned by China’s ZMJ, SEG lays claim to being the world’s largest supplier of stop/start systems. It’s looking for growth through additional high-tech products and a bigger footprint in North America.
Siemens Says New Tool Can Speed Autonomous-Vehicle Development
The combination of Mentor’s onboard computing technology with TASS’s simulation software removes a lengthy step from the autonomous-vehicle development process, potentially allowing that technology to reach the market much faster, executives say.
Survey Says Auto Suppliers Back Tougher Fuel-Economy Standards
Parts makers say they’ve benefited from the 2025 CAFE standards and don’t want to see them rolled back as part of a government review due to wrap up April 1.
Vehicle Dependability Up, But Not for All Brands, Study Shows
There were fewer problems reported overall by U.S. consumers after three years of ownership, but more brands fall below average in this year’s J.D. power rankings.
Retiring CEO Says J.D. Power to Keep Pace With Industry Changes
Mobility, electrification and autonomous vehicles will add pressure and could reshape the industry landscape, but retiring top executive Finbarr O’Neill says there still will be a need for the research arm’s data, no matter who the industry stakeholders are.
Daimler Stays Loyal to Diesel Despite Electrification Push
The automaker says diesels are critical to meeting European CO2 targets, and the engines remain popular even in the face of recent emissions scandals.
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.
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Mar 8, 2018
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