David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Audi: No Plans to Go Below A3 in U.S.
The German luxury-vehicle producer is looking upmarket, not down, with CEO Rupert Stadler telling media this week three “new large-model additions” are planned.
VW’s U.S. CUV Play Could Include Small Golf Derivative
With the Tiguan moving up in size for 2017, executives say there will be room for the automaker to add a new compact model and double its U.S. CUV lineup to four entries from two today.
China’s GAC Eyes 2017 U.S. Market Launch 1
The Guangzhou-based automaker says it is looking for a distributor to help roll out its Trumchi brand in select U.S. states.
Audi Buyers Primed for New, Lighter Q7 in U.S.
The new model will be more fuel efficient, thanks to its lower weight and addition of a plug-in diesel powertrain.
Production Version of VW’s Cross Coupe GTE Hybrid Likely
VW will flesh out its lineup with several new CUVs over the next couple of years, with a version of this latest concept to be revealed later today expected to be among coming offerings.
VW to Build Tiguan in North America
Volkswagen of America executives have been complaining for years that the current Tiguan is not sized right for the U.S. market, and the planned, locally built stretched model is an attempt to remedy that.
China’s Auto Industry in Crucible of Change
Growing concerns about smog and gridlock, the growth of internet marketing and pressure from foreign competition are forging new strategies for automakers and suppliers.
Audi Confident of Another U.S. Sales Record in 2015
Dealers are investing heavily in the franchise all around the U.S., says COO Mark Del Rosso. “I can’t contain my excitement.”
FCA Tops 2 Million Mark in U.S. on Strong December
The December performance was highlighted by a surprising 46.7% jump in Chrysler-brand sales, driven by a near tripling of 200 deliveries from year-ago to 16,229.
CAFE Ruining Driving? Fuhgeddaboudit
A comparison of this year’s 10 Best Engines with 2010’s list reveals a relatively steep upward curve in output ratings over the past five years – even though fuel-stingy 3-cyl. engines, a battery-electric and a fuel-cell model are among the winners.
Ward’s Director Bush to Retire in January
Under Bush’s stewardship, the company in 2001 launched its highly successful WardsAuto.com subscription-based website, which has won numerous awards over the years for editorial content and design excellence.
UAW Points Toward Collective Bargaining at VW Tennessee Plant
The timetable toward wage negotiations remains unclear. “I don’t know it’s a 2-week deal, but it’s not a 2-year deal either,” says a high-ranking union official.
Lexus Powers Toyota to November Gain
Despite a redesign, Camry sales were off 1.3% to 28,846, though Toyota says the new XSE model combined with the SE trim level for more than half of all the sedan’s deliveries in the month.
Cadillac Only Brand in Red as GM Posts Strong November
GM says the Black Friday-boosted performance marked its best November in seven years, driven by strong results from Buick (up 32.1%) and GMC (27.7%).
Cherokee, Ram Pickup, 200 Sedan Among Drivers for Chrysler in November
The revamped Chrysler 200 midsize sedan appears to be catching on with buyers, as sales jumped 164.9% daily to 14,317 units, marking the car’s best November ever.
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