David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Holistic Approach, Better Performance Needed From HMIs of Future
Infotainment and other electronics systems now proliferating system by system must begin to communicate with each other – and they also need to operate more intuitively for consumers, who now consider HMI performance a key quality metric.
Expansive Mexican Site Signals Audi’s North American Ambitions
The automaker’s new San Jose Chiapa plant is about more than just building vehicles. For Audi, it is the first big stake in the ground for what is foreseen as a significant presence in the region.
Japanese Rebound in Supplier Survey, Widen Gap With Detroit
Ford, the top-ranked Detroit-based automaker in Planning Perspectives’ annual study, climbed to within 30 points of Toyota in 2012 but now trails by more than 50. Chrysler and GM are 70 points behind the Japanese automaker.
Marchionne Discusses Flexibility, UAW Wages and Aluminum Pickups
The FCA CEO says the automaker can make quick adjustments if necessary, and he reiterates a long-held belief the 2-tier hourly wage plan should be replaced.
Jeep to Lead FCA’s Drive in Brazil
The off-road marque is on the path toward a more than 600% increase in sales, to 200,000 vehicles in Latin America in 2018 from just 27,000 in 2013, officials say.
New Small Engines, 48V Mild Hybrids on Way From Fiat Chrysler
The new engines are expected to meet growing demand for small-displacement powerplants, with 4-cyl. engines expected to account for 48% of the automaker’s North American vehicle sales in 2018.
Ferrari Not for Sale, Marchionne Insists
“The brand is 90% controlled by Fiat,” Fiat Chrysler’s CEO says. “And that’s where it belongs.”
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.
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