David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
It’s a Fighter’s Chance for Mitsubishi in U.S.
With a better-focused business plan and potential help on the way from Nissan, the automaker believes it can carve out ground in the hotly contested American market.
2017 Winner: Ford Focus RS 2.3L Turbo 4-Cyl.
If there was a slam-dunk engine in this year’s competition, it was this one. Scores were high across the board, and there was no real debate among the judges during final deliberations as to whether this high-performance challenger was trophy-worthy.
Toyota's December Solid, But Annual Volume Down as U.S. Market Shifts
The month saw a healthy 9.4% bump in Toyota-brand sales, while a successful seasonal ad campaign for Lexus drove that marque’s daily deliveries up 3.2%.
Endangered Species: What’s Behind Vanishing V-8s, Diesels, Some V-6s 1
This time, downsized, turbocharged engines and electrified powertrains muscled out the kind of powertrains that once dominated the Wards 10 Best Engines list. Here’s why.
Michigan Autonomous-Vehicle Law on Books
The new law is part of the state’s efforts to become a leader in autonomous-vehicle technology development.
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.
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Feb 10, 2017
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