David E. Zoia

E. Zoia
Editorial Director,

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

Still More to Learn in Maximizing Flexible Vehicle-Platform Potential
Even the most advanced automakers could stand to take a fresh look at their strategies and processes, says MIT lecturer Tim Simpson.
Parts Network Cuts Warranty Firm’s Costs, May Lead to New Car-Dealer Offerings
EFG’s parts-sourcing network could lead to new on-the-spot repair-warranty products for franchised dealers.
Back From Brink, Growth Eyed for Unique MV-1
Producer Mobility Ventures says about 4,000 of the vehicles are in circulation, so its projections for 2,000-2,200 sales this year would mean a serious boost in MV-1 population.
Audi Mulls Next Mobility Plays
A ready-made distribution network is something the OEs have that many of the upstart mobility providers can’t match – at least not as quickly or easily.
Zipcar Sees Perfect Fit With Autonomous Future
“We feel like we’re in a good place,” Zipcar President Kaye Ceille says.
Big Data Tightens Grip on Automotive Retailing
The acceleration of available single-solution software that mines data across the spectrum of the retail operation and turns it into revenue could mean the big-bang moment is drawing near for dealers.
Aluminum-Steel Welding Next Step in GM’s Lightweighting Initiative 2
In the initial aluminum-to-steel production program, GM will be moving cautiously, replacing only a couple of the rivets currently used to test the manufacturing process and prove part durability before moving on to more extensive applications.
Supplier-Relationship Scores Suggest Automakers Unprepared for U.S. Downturn 2
GM improved markedly and Ford somewhat in the way they treat their Tier 1 parts makers, but other automakers were viewed less favorably in Planning Perspectives’ annual survey. Nissan dropped dramatically on the index after getting aggressive on price cuts.
Vehicle Resale Values Declining But Still Healthy, Black Book Says
Trucks are holding their value at about twice the rate of cars, but some softening in used-pickup prices can be seen, the data firm says.
Downturn, Disruptors to Pressure Supply Chain
Speed, innovation and flexibility will be required as suppliers look to meet rapid changes in the automotive sector and survive the next downturn, industry insiders say.
Mercedes GLC Nails It
The interior of the moderately priced CUV simply oozes quality. Its finely crafted seats, wood and metal trim and upscale headliner make the cabin an inviting place to be, and its intuitive human-machine interface perfectly bridges the gap between man and machine.
Ford’s April U.S. Sales Mirror Industry: Trucks Strong, Cars Weak
F-Series deliveries topped the 70,000 mark for the second straight month, the first time that’s happened in almost a decade, and Ford-brand utilities set an April record.
Jeep, Ram Vans, Minivans Drove FCA’s U.S. Showroom Traffic in April 1
Cars and MPVs were down 8% in volume, while utility vehicles rose 13% and trucks gained 12%, the automaker says.
Some Market Pressures, But GM China Expects Continued Growth
GM now has capacity to build 5 million vehicles in China, and it expects to need every one of those units. “Our outlook is pretty optimistic,” says market chief Matt Tsien.
FCA’s NAFTA Production Shift Takes Hold on Heels of Strong Q1
CEO Sergio Marchionne says the sourcing plan will see more UAW jobs added and promises not one unit of profitable Ram and Jeep output will be lost during the retooling.


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