David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Ram Expects Torrid Growth to Continue Through 2018 2
Top executive Reid Bigland predicts sales will rise to 620,000 units in North America in 2018, up from 463,000 today, despite an overall flat market of 2.7 million.
Fiat Eyes Dual Product Path, Modest Sales Growth
Fiat’s global goal is to increase sales to 1.9 million units in 2018, from 1.5 million in 2013, despite a flat Europe.
Chrysler to Replace Dodge in Volume Segments
The move to pit Chrysler directly against Ford, Chevrolet, Honda and Toyota means Dodge will exit the minivan market in 2016 as a new Town & Country bows.
Fiat-Chrysler Now One Global Automaker, Marchionne Says
The automaker today will detail a global strategy for Jeep, the next step for Alfa Romeo and a plan to solidify the Fiat brand’s position in Europe.
Weak Car Segment, Reduction in Fleets Trim Ford’s April Performance
Unlike February when weather hampered delivery, April’s decline in fleet volume was a planned one, the automaker says.
Exchange Rates, Pricing Pressures Squeezing VW Profits 
The outlook for the remainder of the year calls for a “moderate” increase in unit sales from 2013, a modest 3% growth in revenue and an operating profit margin of 5.5%-6.5%.
Equus Interior Nothing Short of Brilliant
This first installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors winners explores how the Hyundai Equus delivers premium features and outstanding comfort while staring down German and Japanese luxury rivals priced considerably higher.
Jeep Signals Importance of China With Four Design Concepts
China already is Jeep’s largest market outside of the U.S., and plans are to add local assembly of the new small Renegade model to further growth.
VW Tweaks Jetta for ’15
VW’s all-new diesel and improved interior are among highlights of the updated model that bows this week in New York.
VW Diesel Push Pays Off in March
Driven by special sales and lease deals, reduced-rate financing and a $1,000 fuel-card incentive, diesels accounted for 26.6% of VW deliveries, marking the automaker’s best March ever for TDI sales.
A3 Gets More Audi-Like With Options Added
The new sedan starts at $29,900 with an award-winning 1.8L engine and reasonably equipped. But buyers will have to spend a bit more to get the full Audi treatment.
New A3 Sedan Anchors Audi’s U.S. Volume Play
The 4-door model is the first in a string of seven A3 variants to come that will include a drop-top cabriolet, Sportback model and a performance S version, plus the long-awaited Q3 CUV.
Jeep Renegade to Lead Charge in International Markets 1
Debuting at the Geneva auto show later today, the ’15 Renegade shares its Small-Wide platform with the Fiat 500L, though Chrysler executives say the architecture has been significantly updated for the new Jeep.
Critical Models Lagging for Chrysler, GM, Volkswagen
The Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Dart and VW Passat, all vital entries for their respective brands, continue to struggle against some key competitors.
VW Continues CUV Exploration With T-ROC Concept
This time VW is going all-out in a sporty direction with the low-profile, 2-door T-ROC, punctuated by its removable 2-piece roof, bold grille and aggressive, round headlamps with integrated LEDs and cameras.
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