David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Slowing Market, Product Cadence Won’t Hamper Ford in 2017, Officials Say
Ford won’t make a big new-product splash until 2018 and beyond, but with a handful of key updated models, service initiatives such as Quick Lane and a still strong retail environment, officials express confidence as they head into the new year.
Fields Says Talked Fuel Economy, Trade, Oval Office Décor in Meeting With Trump 1
Detroit automakers lobbied for a single fuel-economy standard nationwide that would eliminate requirements such as separate electric-vehicle sales bogeys in California and 11 other states.
Incentives, Used-Car Market Trends Worry Analysts
Slowing new-vehicle demand and falling used-car values threaten to set off a pricing spiral in the U.S. market.
Audi: Dealers Should Embrace EV Movement
The U.S. importer plans to introduce three new battery-electric vehicles in the U.S. by 2020 and President Scott Keogh knows the brand will need its dealer body behind the effort if it is to be successful.
Long-Term Loans, Fleets Concern Honda’s Mendel
“We made an incredible recovery as an industry, but I am afraid many have lost sight of how we got here,” the executive says.
Record U.S. Sales Seen for 2017, But There Are Hurdles
Consultant J.D. Power predicts a slight rise in light-vehicle volume this year but says automakers must keep production in check if industry health is to be maintained.
Eye-Catching Infiniti QX50 Suggests Nissan-Daimler Collaboration A-OK
Rumors the two automakers might scrap plans to continue developing vehicles together were flatly denied at the Detroit auto show, where one of the biggest draws was the stylish CUV concept chartered with taking Infiniti interior design to the next level.
Snyder: Michigan Has Jump on Autonomy, But Willing to Share
Michigan’s governor says his background in the computer industry makes him the perfect point man – and an enthusiastic salesman – for the state’s effort to stake out ground in the new-mobility sector.
VW at Turning Point in U.S., Execs Say 2
While the Dieselgate emissions scandal continues to make headlines, the automaker says it is focused on rebuilding its relationship with U.S. customers via a new line of CUV models and push into electrification.
China’s GAC Moving Closer to U.S. Entry
A new R&D center will be open this year with sales launch targeted for 2018-2019.
It’s a Fighter’s Chance for Mitsubishi in U.S.
With a better-focused business plan and potential help on the way from Nissan, the automaker believes it can carve out ground in the hotly contested American market.
2017 Winner: Ford Focus RS 2.3L Turbo 4-Cyl.
If there was a slam-dunk engine in this year’s competition, it was this one. Scores were high across the board, and there was no real debate among the judges during final deliberations as to whether this high-performance challenger was trophy-worthy.
Toyota's December Solid, But Annual Volume Down as U.S. Market Shifts
The month saw a healthy 9.4% bump in Toyota-brand sales, while a successful seasonal ad campaign for Lexus drove that marque’s daily deliveries up 3.2%.
Endangered Species: What’s Behind Vanishing V-8s, Diesels, Some V-6s 1
This time, downsized, turbocharged engines and electrified powertrains muscled out the kind of powertrains that once dominated the Wards 10 Best Engines list. Here’s why.
Michigan Autonomous-Vehicle Law on Books
The new law is part of the state’s efforts to become a leader in autonomous-vehicle technology development.
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