David E. Zoia

E. Zoia
Editorial Director,

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

Study Says Poor Supplier Relations Have Cost Automakers Billions 2
If Chrysler’s supplier relations were as positive in 2000-2012 as they are today, the automaker would have booked $1,052 more in profit per unit, equaling $2 billion annually, Planning Perspectives says.
Toyota Looks for Repeat of July Sales Performance in August
Toyota sold 215,802 light vehicles last month, marking a 7.3% gain from year-ago, a performance it credits to “rising consumer confidence, coupled with momentum in the marketplace.”
GM, Chrysler Post Strong Sales as U.S. Recovery Gains Steam
Trucks continue to drive sales, with GM pacing the sector and Chrysler’s Jeep and Ram brands staying well ahead of year-ago.
CrossBlue Headed to Tennessee as VW Makes Bigger U.S. Commitment
Plans call for an investment of $600 million in the Chattanooga plant to add production of the midsize CUV beginning late 2016. The outlay will bring 2,000 new production jobs to the plant.
June Bounce Inches Canada’s Big Truck Market Ahead of Year-Ago
The up-and-down market for big trucks in Canada rebounded again in June, as combined Class 4-8 sales jumped 24.6% from year-ago on a daily-rate basis, on a volume of 4,057 units.
A3 E-Tron No Compliance Car, Audi Says
“Obviously, we have challenging targets for CAFE and ZEV-mandate states,” says Audi of America President Scott Keogh. “(But) we’d like to have a business case that makes sense for us and our dealers.”
Ford: European Recovery Plan on Track
The automaker reports first-half sales rose 6.6% in Europe to reach 605,400 vehicles, marking the company’s best performance for the period since 2011. The result slightly outperformed the market, up 6.3%, keeping Ford’s share at a level 7.9%.
Audi Shifts Into Higher Gear in U.S. While Volkswagen Stalls 2
The German luxury brand marked its second-best month ever in the U.S. in June, driven by a successful launch of its all-new A3 entry model. With more models on the way, the outlook for the rest of 2014 appears bright.
Chrysler Adds Product Ammo to Fast-Growing Ram Brand
Although the new ProMaster City shares much with the Fiat Doblo, Chrysler was able to inject some Ram DNA into the small van’s front fascia, and the brand’s strong influence is evident in the design of the vehicle’s interior as well.
U.S. Sales Down in May, But Ford Says Recovery Finding Firmer Footing
There are signs of strengthening fundamentals, including the combination of escalating seasonally adjusted sales rates and climbing average transaction prices, officials say.
Insolvency Helped Set Chrysler on New Design Path
This year, Chrysler took home a Ward’s 10 Best Interiors prize for its new Chrysler 200 and Jeep Cherokee, but its award-winning ways began in 2009, when an all-new interior-design philosophy kicked in full force with the ’09 Ram pickup.
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.
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