David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Expectations Run High as Nissan Turns Over New Leaf
Why all the fuss over a car that has sold on average less than 40,000 units a year? Because Nissan believes the “era of the EV” is dawning, and its experience with battery-powered cars puts it in a position to succeed.
Nissan Cuts Price, Extends Range on Revamped Leaf
The strategy positions the EV several thousand dollars below the Chevrolet Bolt, but the new model still falls short of the General Motors car’s 200-plus mile range.
Delphi Touts 48V/DSF System as Inexpensive Diesel Alternative
The supplier’s combination of a super-smart cylinder deactivation system with advanced mild-hybrid technology works seamlessly in a 1.8L Volkswagen Passat test vehicle and promises big gains in fuel-economy ratings and emissions reduction.
Technology Drive Fueling Scorching-Hot Supplier M&A Pace 1
Suppliers are likely to close more than 200 deals this year, up 25% from 2016, with much more to come.
Fleets, Cars Hold Down Ford’s July U.S. Tally
The automaker posted a strong retail result, with volume down just 1% on strong utility and pickup demand.
Cultural Change Under Way, Ford CEO Says, With More to Come  1
Top executive Jim Hackett is promising to roll out a fully fleshed-out strategy in coming months but says the automaker already is moving faster and reenergizing its workforce.
Parts Makers Push Case Against BAT, Drastic NAFTA Changes 3
Manufacturing costs will rise significantly, suppliers say, and the result will be fewer, not more, U.S. jobs.
Massive Retooling Readies Toyota Georgetown for Another 30 Years
Launch of the ’18 Camry introduces the automaker’s new TNGA global platform to North America, but it marks only the beginning of the extensive overhaul under way in Kentucky.
Job One for ’18 Camry at Toyota’s Retooled Georgetown Plant
To build the new Camry, Toyota has added more than 700 jobs at the plant, bringing total employment to more than 8,000, an all-time high for the facility.
New Toyota-Brand Chief Talks Trucks, Dealers, Camry
It’s all about sales volume, new Toyota Div. General Manager Jack Hollis says. Move the metal and new-product investment is assured, dealers are happy and employees invigorated.
Toyota Hits Mark With More Driver-Oriented Camry
Despite segment sales being off nearly 18% so far this year, Toyota is putting full firepower behind the new Camry’s launch, with plans for a record marketing spend that will be twice that for the previous model.
Fields Out, Hackett In as Ford Seeks Another Cultural Transformation
Management has been too top-down under former CEO Mark Fields, morale has suffered and decisions too slow in coming, executives say.
The Big Story: Inside the Autonomous Vehicle
Designers are looking to create a “third living space” where, freed from the need to drive, occupants can work, socialize, be entertained or catch up on their sleep. But there are hurdles.
Second CAFE Review Gives EPA Chance to Evaluate New Technology 1
The midterm review redo may give the agency an opportunity to look at cost and fuel-economy impacts of emerging technologies such as variable-compression engines and second-gen 48V mild-hybrid systems.
Suppliers Like What GM Serves, Not So Much at Nissan
General Motors’ vast improvement in supplier relations the past two years is no accident, says Planning Perspectives President John Henke, who gives some credit to CEO Mary Barra for setting the tone.
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