David E. Zoia

E. Zoia
Editorial Director,

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

End Near for U.S. Auto Market’s Current Growth Cycle
Next year will be the peak, says NADA economist Steven Szakaly. “In the long run, we don’t think this market is sustainable.”
Automakers Have Breathing Room on Autonomous, Other Trends, But Just a Little
Traditional players understand firsthand the many roadblocks to bringing advanced technologies to market, believing they have plenty of time to work out the details. Disrupters envision a near-overnight revolution. Neither side is right, consultant Deloitte says.
Value, Connectivity Big Plays for ’16 Passat
The investment in a midcycle refresh comes in the nick of time, because the brand is reeling from a diesel-emissions-cheating scheme that has blackened its image and knocked the automaker off its perch as the No.1 vehicle seller worldwide.
Jeep Sales Strong; Muscle Cars, Aging Models Boost Dodge
Compass, Wrangler and Cherokee all posted records for the month, while the Dodge Charger and Challenger saw solid double-digit gains.
7-Series Body-in-White Marks Materials Milestone for BMW
The new flagship is the emerging poster child for hybrid body construction, with a mix of aluminum, high-strength steel and carbon fiber, a blend that allowed BMW to cut weight of the structure some 88 lbs.
VW to Return 10 Best Awards for Controversial 2.0L TDI
The decision to give back the 2009-2011 awards was detailed in a letter this week from VWA chief Michael Horn.
Manley, Kuniskis Raise Profile in FCA Reorganization
Current Jeep head Mike Manley adds Ram to his management portfolio, while Kuniskis takes over responsibility for all car brands (except Alfa) in North America.
BMW’s New 7-Series: Gadget-Packed and Ready for Road 1
Exterior styling may be ho-hum to some, but the new model is laden with advanced technology, some of it groundbreaking. And while its backseat is designed for the chauffeured, the new flagship sedan also is engineered to be driven.
A Little Mustang, Lot of Trucks in Ford’s August Sales Report
Utilities combined for 74,590 units in the month, up 12.3% by volume from like-2014, and inventories are turning fast on the new Edge, Explorer and ’16-model Escape.
Small Jeeps Bear Load for FCA in August
The Ram brand also landed in positive territory, driven by fullsize pickup and commercial-van demand.
Ford: Regional Hubs, Flexible Platforms Part of Emerging-Markets Strategy
There will be two versions of the next Focus, one with a more expensive independent rear suspension for mature markets and another with a less-pricey solid rear axle for cost-sensitive emerging markets, the automaker’s purchasing chief reveals.
Ford to Assemble Rangers in Nigeria
The new manufacturing operation will employ about 180 workers both directly and indirectly and have capacity for about 5,000 of the pickups per year.
Jeep Drives FCA’s July U.S. Sales Gain
Wrangler, Cherokee, Patriot and Compass all posted individual records for the month. Not faring as well were the Dodge and Fiat brands, both landing in negative territory.
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.

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