David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
No Declaration, But Bush Sounds Like Presidential Candidate in NADA Talk
The former Florida governor talks about how to fix America, sheds some light on his meeting this week with potential rival candidate Mitt Romney and reveals a recent new-car purchase.
Toyota Seeking More Mirais for U.S. Market 1
Not even the expiration of federal tax credits has dampened enthusiasm for the fuel-cell car in the U.S., a top U.S. executive says.
Nissan Confident of Targets, Says Dealers Should Be Too
The new Titan fullsize pickup is considered the last piece in the automaker’s U.S. product-portfolio rebuilding effort, as it locks in on a 10% market-share objective.
Toyota’s Carter: New Showroom Tactics Needed; Still Life Left in Scion 3
Toyota’s U.S. sales head says dealers may have to change hiring and compensation practices to better appeal to Millennial and minority buyers, predicts no change in long-term CAFE standards and pledges a comeback by the Scion youth brand.
Caution Signs Aplenty as U.S. Market Heads for Continued Growth in 2015
Volumes will increase again this year, but rising interest rates, inventories, incentives and loan lengths are tempering longer-term outlooks, says a J.D. Power executive.
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.
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