David E. Zoia

Editorial Director
WardsAuto

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

Articles by David E. Zoia
Industry Should Lease More, Not Less, Manheim Economist Says
Experian Automotive says leasing accounted for 23.7% of new-vehicles sold last year and 28.3% of all purchases made other than by cash. Meanwhile, loan terms are escalating, with nearly one in five new vehicles financed for more than 73 months.
Steve Forbes Hits All the Right Notes in Talk to Dealers
The one-time presidential candidate predicts a rollback in CAFE ratings, slams the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and calls for simpler income taxes and a free-market approach to health care as ways to boost the economy.
Car Buying Needs to Get Easier, Faster, GM Exec Says 1
The automaker is experimenting with online purchasing, but says more work needs to be done before consumers get comfortable with the process.
Global Sales to Continue Rise, But Some Concerns in Outlook on U.S.
The U.S. should see retail sales grow to 13.3 million units this year, J.D. Power says. That’s a gain of 500,000 vehicles from 2013, but half the growth posted last year.
BMW Eyes Better Dealer Experience, Bigger CUV for U.S.
The effort to polish up the luxury automaker’s showroom experience is spearheaded by the marque’s “Future Retail” program that will see U.S. dealers collectively spend $2.5 billion over the next five years to transform and expand showroom capacity 40%.
Infiniti’s Path to Luxury Relevance Clearly Charted
Those leading the brand are following a tried-and-true formula that includes a broader product lineup, consistent messaging, market discipline and a strong dealer network.
Lincoln Tweaks Navigator for ’15, Drops V-8 for EcoBoost V-6 1
The upcoming SUV’s 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 outperforms the current 5.4L V-8, promising at least 370 hp and 430 lb.-ft. of torque with better fuel economy.
Porsche Sees Upcoming Macan as Plus Business
The automaker doesn’t believe the new CUV will take sales away from the bigger Cayenne. Production is planned at 50,000 units annually, with supply distributed about evenly between North America, Europe and Asia.
Bentley Confident SUV Will Have Market Appeal
The production model will be vastly different from the concept that was the target of criticism for its polarizing styling. “It will be very contemporary, very elegant,” the automaker’s top U.S. executive promises.
Infiniti Exploring Engine Options for Eau Rouge
The brand says it has myriad options for a powerplant to pack under the hood of a Q50 performance model, including tapping product-development partner Daimler.
Passat BlueMotion Concept to Test Waters on Fuel Efficiency
The downsizing trend is clear in the U.S., Volkswagen executives say, and the concept car is meant to test how far American buyers are willing to go.
Beetle Dune Designed to Leave the Pavement
The hardtop model features an extremely low profile and highly pronounced 2-part wheel arches that give the Beetle a rugged, well-planted appearance. VW says the concept is production ready.
VW Midsize CUV Gets Green Light for 2016
A decision on where to build the new model should come within the next two weeks, the automaker’s top U.S. executive tells WardsAuto.
Chrysler Ups Its Midsize Sedan Game With All-New 200
The new 200 is a 360-degree holistic design, not a front end and rear end joined together by a disparate middle, says design chief Ralph Gilles. “We want to be about not only beautiful cars, but the art of design.”
Maybe It Should Be 15 Best Engines 
The tight bandwidth on our preliminary score sheets is testament to the fact automakers have found religion over the years and now firmly believe powertrains really are the heart of any good vehicle.
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