David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Lotus Eyes Increased Production, Rolls Out New Evora 400
The sports coupe is said to be faster and better handling, with 0-60 mph acceleration that’s a full 6 seconds faster than the previous-generation model.
GM Leans on SUVs, Trucks to Reel-In February Sales Gain
Gains at Chevrolet, posting its best February since 2008, and GMC drove the overall positive results, as Buick and Cadillac recorded declines.
FCA Sales Rise in February But Weather May Have Limited Gain 1
The Dodge and Fiat brands were the weak links in the automaker’s results, but newer models from both performed well.
VW Concept Glimpse of Future Design Cues, Upscale Direction 2
The automaker says its Sport Coupe Concept GTE slots in the C-segment above the Passat and CC models and would be aimed at buyers looking for the functionality of a large hatchback with the interior space of a sedan.
Audi’s Second-Gen R8 Lighter, Faster, More Fuel-Efficient
The super coupe’s V-10 now incorporates cylinder deactivation and both direct and indirect injection, features that help boost fuel-economy some 10%. The car has the ability to go fast too, hitting 62 mph from a standstill in as little as 3.2 seconds.
Georgia Steps Up Auto Industry Push With Mercedes HQ, Rumored JLR Talks  6
Officials say the UAW’s recent push to organize Volkswagen’s Tennessee plant is helping drive more business to their state, where labor rates remain low and unionization has seen a steady decline.
Infiniti QX30 Concept to Lift Cover in Geneva
There are no details on the model just yet, but a sneak peek released of the upcoming CUV indicates the design is just as quirky as Nissan said it would be.
Ford Begins Year on Strong Note 1
The all-new F-150 is off to a hot start, the automaker says, with transaction prices up $2,100 from year-ago and high-end King Ranch and Platinum models flying off dealer lots.
Jeep, Ram Continue to Lead FCA in U.S.
The SUV brand saw its best January ever, while the Ram marked its 57th-straight month of year-over-year sales gains.
Better Test Drives and Service, Quicker Throughput on Toyota’s Radar Screen
Toyota is shifting its focus to improving the test-drive experience and streamlining sales and service procedures for buyers, in some cases with programs it will launch with Scion, still considered its test-bed brand for new retailing initiatives.
Better Test Drives and Service, Quicker Throughput on Toyota’s Radar Screen
Toyota is shifting its focus to improving the test-drive experience and streamlining sales and service procedures for buyers, in some cases with programs it will launch with Scion, still considered its test-bed brand for new retailing initiatives.
TrueCar Pitches Targeted Rebates as Answer to Industry’s High Marketing Costs 2
Too many marketing dollars are wasted on customers who would have bought the vehicle anyway, John Krafcik says. By aiming incentives only where needed, automakers could free up billions.
Dealers Hiring More Millennials, But Struggling to Retain Them 2
The group has grown to 27% of the workforce, but turnover remains a staggering and costly 55%. The problem? Long, inflexible hours and commission-based compensation plans, the report’s author says.
DMS Provider Takes to the Cloud
California-based Advent Resources says its small size has allowed it to take dealer-management systems where the bigger competitors fear to tread.
No Bubble About to Burst on Subprime Loans, Experian Says
Lenders are making it easier for buyers at the bottom of the credit-rating pool to secure financing, but there’s no sign the industry is headed toward a repeat of 2009.
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