David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
XC40 Marks Biggest Step Yet in Volvo-Geely Collaboration
Volvo’s engineering and R&D chief talks to WardsAuto about joint development of the new CMA compact-vehicle platform and where things may be headed with electrification.
BMW Makes Bet on Solid-State Battery 1
The automaker will help with research at developer Solid Power, which is targeting its solid-state battery technology to be available in EVs in the 2027-2028 timeframe.
VW Looks to Build MEB-Based Electrics in North America
A U.S. production site appears likely, but the automaker may be delaying a decision on a new dedicated-EV plant in part due to uncertainty over NAFTA.
Nissan’s U.S. Dealers to Get Their Brazilian Kicks
The B-segment Kicks represents the first new nameplate from the automaker in eight years and extends Nissan’s lineup in the growing CUV sector.
VW’s Electric MEB Platform About More Than Just Powertrain 1
While the shift in focus to electrics initially may have been motivated by VW’s Dieselgate emissions scandal, it appears the strategy now goes well beyond plugging holes in the automaker’s lineup, to changing the very way its vehicles are bought and sold.
BMW Wants to Drive Autonomous-Vehicle Movement
The automaker peels back the curtain on its mobility gameplan and argues it’s in a better position than most to lead the way into the future.
VW Adds R-Line to Tiguan CUV
Special wheels, trim and interior treatment highlight the new models.
The Big Story: For EV Batteries, Future Is Now 1
Developers are working feverishly on solid-state, lithium-air and other advanced technologies, but the growing manufacturing infrastructure, improving range and rapidly declining costs are making Li-ion batteries tough to beat.
BCG Now Bullish On EVs
The consultancy says cost declines will make battery-electric vehicles an attractive purchase for consumers post-2025. Until then, continued government pressure – and incentives – will be needed to prop up demand.
U.S. NAFTA Demands Not Deal Breaker for Canada, Depending on Return 2
One trade official says calls for 50% U.S. content could be met, depending on the price the Trump Admin. is willing to pay.
NXP’s New Computing Platform Promises to Speed Vehicle Development
Still a year before its product-validation release, the new microprocessor appears to be a huge hit. Eight of the top 15 automakers around the world already have committed to using the technology in upcoming vehicles.
UX Complicated, And Likely to Become More So
Vehicle designers will have even more to think about as new data-gathering capabilities emerge, populations shift and buyers demand a social experience inside their cars.
HMI Formula Calls for Just Right Dose of Communication
Passengers will want to feel safe in the autonomous vehicles of the future, and that means they will need assurance the car knows what it is doing. But too much information can be detrimental, industry insiders say.
Fleets, Hurricane Drive Ford’s U.S. Sales Gain in September
The automaker says about a third of its sales increase can be credited to post-Harvey demand in Houston, but even without that bump the market overall was strong in the month.
Winning Subaru Impreza Sets Bar on Vehicle-to-Driver Communication
The car’s ability to indicate what it sees and what it is about to do is unparalleled, making for a relaxing, confident drive. Other automakers should copy the formula – immediately.
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