David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Honda’s Aggressive Truck Push Takes Step With Pilot Launch in Lincoln
The automaker is making a big play in trucks with the new Pilot, just-launched HR-V small CUV and a planned return next year of the Ridgeline pickup. But how much that will shift its mix away from cars remains to be seen, a top executive says.
HUD, Virtual Reality Next Step Toward Autonomous Vehicles
Enhanced heads-up displays will allow consumers to begin to trust vehicle safety systems such as lane departure warning and automated braking, paving the way for wider acceptance of more advanced autonomous-vehicle technology.
Electrification Move May Point Toward Another Win for CPT 5
The U.K.-based technology developer believes 48 volts is the sweet spot for its advanced stop-start system, which it says now is capable of boosting fuel economy 18%, thanks to some recent software tweaks.
Mazda Does It Again, Only Better
It’s the little things that separate the bigger sedan from its Mazda3 sibling and give the Mazda6 a more finely tuned appearance. The list includes a more luxurious center console, trimmed in padded leather.
Lexus, Trucks Carry Day for Toyota in Sluggish April
Look for a better May from the Japan-based automaker, which is launching its second major national sales campaign this month and says it is working to fix pipeline bottlenecks that have left it short on inventory of key models.
Autonomous Vehicles Coming, But Not Slam Dunk You May Have Read About
The industry won’t leap to producing autonomous vehicles overnight, industry insiders say. Instead there will be a multistage transition to driverless cars that likely will take more than 20 years.
3D Printing Allows FCA to Peer Into Soul of an Axle 1
New-generation, high-temperature resins are enabling FCA to print transparent prototype axle housings that allow engineers to see the inner workings of the axle and optimize lubrication flow.
Ford Crowd-Sourcing Initiative Nears Milestone
Missouri is the state that has worked the program the most, Ford says, accumulating $1.72 million in school-related funding.
Ford Continues to Gain Market Momentum in Europe
The automaker says it is picking up market share and shifting its sales mix toward the more-profitable retail sector. “We continue to differentiate ourselves from the market by the quality of our business,” sales chief Peter Fleet says.
eBay: Have Buyers, Need More Dealer Inventory
eBay Motors’ Brian Murphy has a simple message for car dealers when it comes to posting models for sale on the e-commerce site: “If you’re going to list one, list them all. Put them up there, because we have more buyers than vehicles.”
Have Buyers, Need More Dealer Inventory
eBay Motors’ Brian Murphy has a simple message for car dealers when it comes to posting models for sale on the e-commerce site: “If you’re going to list one, list them all. Put them up there, because we have more buyers than vehicles.”
Focus Turns to Digitizing F&I as Need for Speed Increases
Consumers now can get better financing information and apply for loans online, and dealers are beginning to post detailed information on other F&I products, as pressure mounts to whittle time from the car-buying process.
Focus Turns to Digitizing F&I as Need for Speed Increases
Consumers now can get better financing information and apply for loans online, and dealers are beginning to post detailed information on other F&I products, as pressure mounts to whittle time from the car-buying process.
VW Confirms Tiguan Headed to Mexico
The automaker will invest $1 billion to bring Tiguan production to North America. Output is expected to reach 500 units per day once in full swing at the Puebla plant.
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.
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