David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Meeting Trump Investment Demands Tricky But Possible, Ford Exec Says
“If the environment is right, there’s no reason we can’t see more auto industry investment,” says Joe Hinrichs.
Toyota Exec: Industry to Catch Up on Trucks
The sudden shift to a 56% truck mix caught the industry flatfooted, bloating inventories and prompting record incentives, but the industry is responding, Bob Carter says.
Q1 Saw U.S. Auto Industry’s Red Flags Still Waving
Signs began to surface last year that the market was plateauing, with loan terms rising, incentives at record levels and inventories beginning to bulge, and none of those negative factors were reversed in Q1, says an analyst for J.D. Power.
Smarter Approach to EV Battery Requirements Could Lower Costs 2
Experience with EVs may be giving automakers and battery suppliers the confidence to cut back on some of the costly over-engineering.
Retail Demand Propels GM to Small Sales Gain in March 1
The automaker says its retail volume jumped 5.0% to 203,113, pushing its retail market share up 0.6 points to 16.1%.
A Mini for the Masses
The Countryman is the biggest, most practical Mini ever. There’s no need to shoehorn passengers into the back seat or leave the cargo at home. And the Small CUV isn’t missing any of the brand’s fun-to-drive DNA.
Software Validates, Qualifies Test Drivers to Cut Sales Process Time
A new dealership tool from eLEND Solutions takes information scanned in from a customer’s driver’s license, looks for red flags and gets the F&I process started while the potential buyer takes a test drive.
The Big Story: Surviving the Plateau
New-vehicle sales are softening, inventories are piling up and pricing pressure is increasing. Here’s what automobile dealers can do to make sure profitability isn’t affected.
Trucks, Lincoln Sales Among Bright Spots for Ford in February
Cars continue to be a drag on the automaker’s overall results, with U.S. sales off 24% in the month, but the shift to utilities and pickups helped Ford draw $1,900 more per vehicle from buyers than year-ago.
Cox Automotive Integration Tricky But Progressing, Execs Say
The people part is done, insiders say. Now it’s on to the really hard stuff, figuring out what systems and services to tie together and how.
Toyota Passes Sales Milestone, Plans to Push Affordable Hybrids in U.S.
The automaker hopes to duplicate the market success of its RAV4 strategy with new packaging and pricing for the Highlander Hybrid.
Study: Consumers Ready to Buy EVs If Product Right
A high percentage of U.S. vehicle buyers seriously consider battery-electrics and plug-in hybrids, but don’t pull the trigger because they can’t find a product that precisely fits their needs, McKinsey & Co. says.
Ford Expedition Goes Aluminum for ’18
The automaker packs the ’18 Expedition with technology, including more than 40 features and driver-assist systems it says are new to the model.
FCA U.S. Sales Suffer Double-Digit Decline 2
A reduction in fleet volume and the phase-out of some outgoing models at Jeep and Chrysler helped to curb deliveries in January.
Toyota: No Regrets on Mexico Sourcing Plans 4
Prices of the Camry sedan, the vehicle with the highest U.S. content, would jump about $1,000 if a border tax comes into play, Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz says. “That’s a pretty big hit to the consumer.”
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