David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
China Forum Organizers Say Some Domestic Automakers to Prevail
Domestic brands have seen their share of industry new-vehicle sales plunge to about 38%, from 45% less than two years ago, as multinational marques have continued to gain ground.
Flexible Vehicle Architectures Center GM’s 10-Year Plan
Next year, GM expects to have 14 core platforms and 12 regional architectures in play. That will decrease to 11 core and two regional platforms, plus two flexible architectures in 2020, before going solely to four component-set platforms in 2025.
New Management Team Lifts Veil on GM Strategy 1
Core to the plan are a 9%-10% profit-margin target, a new flexible product architecture that will trim platforms to four key component sets and a revised purchasing strategy that will give suppliers more volume and less risk.
GAZ Launches GAZelle NEXT in Turkey
Semi-knocked-down assembly at the Mersa Otomotive plant in Sakarya marks the first output of the Euro 5-compatible line outside of GAZ’s home market.
New Diesel Jetta’s Trump Card for ’15
VWA has led the U.S. in the diesel category, where TDI take rates have hovered around 40% for the Passat sedan, 35% for the Jetta and 23% for the brand overall. So the expanded availability of the even better new 2.0L should be a hit.
'15 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
The new 2.0L is VW's sixth-generation diesel for the American market. Refinement, fuel-economy and power never were better.
Ultracapacitors - Outlook Conference, September 2014 
The third of WardsAuto's 2014 series of half-day conferences presenting insights and analysis of the automotive industry, deep dives into special topics, and live discussion with our panel of experts.
Stop-Start Problems Could Put Charge Into Ultracapacitor Market
Ultracaps, long considered too costly for widespread application in light vehicles, appear to be gaining traction – albeit ever so slowly – as electrification takes hold and automakers find the technology’s advantages harder to resist.
New Program to Help Consumers Find Right Car, Right Price
Edmunds says its new “Build and Locate” program now will allow shoppers to see complete equipment levels on vehicles in stock for apples-to-apples price comparisons from dealer to dealer.
New Program to Help Consumers Find Right Car, Right Price
Edmunds says its new “Build and Locate” program now will allow shoppers to see complete equipment levels on vehicles in stock for apples-to-apples price comparisons from dealer to dealer.
Range Sole Compromise With New e-Golf 4
Volkswagen’s first EV for the U.S. market comes with all the room, comfort and drivability of the standard Golf 5-door.
Bigger, Global Automakers and Suppliers Performing Best as Industry Recovers
OEs that lead the list of best performers in the 2009-2013 period skew toward emerging-market automakers (and motorcycle producers), with none of the Detroit Three or European companies making the top 10.
Acura Bets Big on New TLX 1
Acura says it has 40,000 sales leads from customers who have requested to be put in touch with a dealer about the car, doubling the next-highest pre-sale draw for the brand, the 20,000 hand-raisers pulled in by the MDX prior to its launch.
Study Says Poor Supplier Relations Have Cost Automakers Billions 2
If Chrysler’s supplier relations were as positive in 2000-2012 as they are today, the automaker would have booked $1,052 more in profit per unit, equaling $2 billion annually, Planning Perspectives says.
Toyota Looks for Repeat of July Sales Performance in August
Toyota sold 215,802 light vehicles last month, marking a 7.3% gain from year-ago, a performance it credits to “rising consumer confidence, coupled with momentum in the marketplace.”
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