David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
VW Adds Plug-In to Golf Lineup, But No U.S. Plans
VW says the new Golf GTE can travel up to 31 miles and at speeds up to 81 mph in all-electric mode, while achieving 157 mpg in European driving.
Audi Shows Sketch of Upcoming New-Gen TT
Reminiscent of the first-generation car, the new ’15 model presents an athletic stance, with wide wheel arches that intersect with the hood opening and a long tornado line that extends from front to rear.
UAW Vote Won’t Deliver Death Blow to Either Side 2
It appears unlikely a yes vote at VW will lead to a union march on the South or that past industry labor practices, in part blamed for the near-collapse of the domestic auto industry in 2009, would rise again on the strength of the Chattanooga plant’s move under the UAW umbrella.
Automakers Push for Showroom Overhauls, and Dealers May Reap Rewards
OEs are pressing for more than brick-and-mortar changes and modern décor. They want showroom culture to evolve as well, and evidence suggests dealers who follow these new employee/customer roadmaps will be rewarded.
Clinton Dodges Controversy, Gets Warm Reception at NADA
The former Secretary of State remains unsure about a 2016 presidential bid. “Let’s solve the problems we have now as elected officials,” she tells the dealer group. “We can worry about the next election later.”
Ford Says Modular Construction to Make Aluminum F-Series Easier to Repair 2
Ford says the new F-150’s modular front structure can be replaced in 6-7 hours less than with the existing model.
Bosch Pitches Fast-Track Vehicle Inspection System
The scalable system, which bases at $6,400 and rises to about $50,000 with all the bells and whistles, allows dealers to supply a thorough, data-driven printed diagnostic report to vehicle owners in minutes.
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.
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