David E. Zoia

E. Zoia
Editorial Director,

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

Explorer Goes Upmarket; Adds 2.3L EcoBoost to Mix 1
Ford is taking the Explorer even more upscale to compete directly with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and GMC Acadia SUVs, which have more-lucrative, higher-priced models in their lineups.
Upcoming GT350 Expected to Appeal to a New Breed of Mustang Buyer
The new model should appeal to customers of high-end European makes but “who really want an American car,” says Jim Farley, Ford’s chief marketing officer. “This is an in-your-face (car); there’s nothing subtle about it.”
Latest Shelby GT350 Features High-Powered Naturally Aspirated V-8 1
The new model, shown to the press just days before its public unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week, boasts a 5.2L engine that is the first production V-8 from Ford employing a flat-plane cranksaft typical of racing applications and found in some high-end exotics.
GM Goes Clean Sheet in Engineering Chevy Volt’s Second-Gen Powertrain 5
Placed side-by-side, the new and old systems present a stunning visual. Despite a small increase in the displacement of the gasoline engine from 1.4L to 1.5L the overall package is reduced markedly in volume and has shed about 130 lbs.
GM China Head Stays Cool Despite Daunting Agenda
The operation has a lot on its plate, with five new manufacturing plants – and possibly a sixth – in the works, an aggressive new-model launch plan and a bullish short-term sales target for the Cadillac brand. And this with the market slowing overall.
Chinese Automakers, Suppliers Encouraged to Go Global 3
The local industry recognizes there’s still work to be done to improve quality and upgrade technology – huge tasks, in fact. But government officials and company insiders say it’s time to prepare for a bigger play around the world.
China Forum Organizers Say Some Domestic Automakers to Prevail
Domestic brands have seen their share of industry new-vehicle sales plunge to about 38%, from 45% less than two years ago, as multinational marques have continued to gain ground.
Flexible Vehicle Architectures Center GM’s 10-Year Plan
Next year, GM expects to have 14 core platforms and 12 regional architectures in play. That will decrease to 11 core and two regional platforms, plus two flexible architectures in 2020, before going solely to four component-set platforms in 2025.
New Management Team Lifts Veil on GM Strategy 1
Core to the plan are a 9%-10% profit-margin target, a new flexible product architecture that will trim platforms to four key component sets and a revised purchasing strategy that will give suppliers more volume and less risk.
GAZ Launches GAZelle NEXT in Turkey
Semi-knocked-down assembly at the Mersa Otomotive plant in Sakarya marks the first output of the Euro 5-compatible line outside of GAZ’s home market.
New Diesel Jetta’s Trump Card for ’15
VWA has led the U.S. in the diesel category, where TDI take rates have hovered around 40% for the Passat sedan, 35% for the Jetta and 23% for the brand overall. So the expanded availability of the even better new 2.0L should be a hit.
'15 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
The new 2.0L is VW's sixth-generation diesel for the American market. Refinement, fuel-economy and power never were better.
Ultracapacitors - Outlook Conference, September 2014 
The third of WardsAuto's 2014 series of half-day conferences presenting insights and analysis of the automotive industry, deep dives into special topics, and live discussion with our panel of experts.
Stop-Start Problems Could Put Charge Into Ultracapacitor Market
Ultracaps, long considered too costly for widespread application in light vehicles, appear to be gaining traction – albeit ever so slowly – as electrification takes hold and automakers find the technology’s advantages harder to resist.
New Program to Help Consumers Find Right Car, Right Price
Edmunds says its new “Build and Locate” program now will allow shoppers to see complete equipment levels on vehicles in stock for apples-to-apples price comparisons from dealer to dealer.
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