David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Autonomous-Vehicle Race On, Intel Executive Says
Something happened in the past year to turn autonomous-vehicle development from a science project to full speed ahead, Intel’s Elliot Garbus says.
Uber Headed to Detroit
Uber still is finalizing a decision on exactly where to locate a new R&D operation in Detroit, but expects the center to open within the next few months.
Fields: Mobility, Autonomy Mean Moving on From ‛One Fordʼ Strategy 1
CEO Mark Fields is targeting 8% operating margins in Ford’s core sector of manufacturing cars and trucks, but closer to 20% returns from its targeted emerging-business operations.
Tier 1 Suppliers Back 2025 CAFE, CALSTART Survey Says
Half of the suppliers queried say the standards are pushing innovation, and 59% say they are spurring job growth. Three-quarters say additional targets should be set for beyond 2025.
2016 Wards 10 Best UX: Buttons, Knobs and Dials 1
There are many options for automakers when it comes to designing controls needed to operate the growing list of features. Here’s some things we’ve liked and disliked in our 2016 Wards 10 Best UX testing so far.
Marchionne Talks Small Cars, Parts, Sourcing at Newly Expanded Stamping Plant
The new tooling at the Sterling Heights plant will increase capacity by nearly 75,000 stampings per day, or 20 million per year, as FCA looks to pull more press work in-house.
Rising OE Interest in Fuel Cells Has Ballard Back in Light-Vehicle Game
Buses are what’s really driving the market today, but declining costs have automakers dabbling in FCVs – and calling on the developer synonymous with the technology – once again.
Chevy Pulls Down GM Volume in July, But Retail Share Rising
GM estimates its retail market share rose a full point in July to 17.9%, its highest level since December 2011.
Jeep, Ram and Fleets Gain, But FCA Volume Flat in July
The automaker says its retail sales of 155,885 units were down 2% for the month from year-ago, while its fleet volume of 24,842 marked a 22% rise.
U.S. Sales May Be Down, But GM Likes Its Position
A deeper look behind the numbers points to an automaker that is sitting pretty as 2016 enters its second half, GM North America President Alan Batey suggests.
Still More to Learn in Maximizing Flexible Vehicle-Platform Potential
Even the most advanced automakers could stand to take a fresh look at their strategies and processes, says MIT lecturer Tim Simpson.
Parts Network Cuts Warranty Firm’s Costs, May Lead to New Car-Dealer Offerings
EFG’s parts-sourcing network could lead to new on-the-spot repair-warranty products for franchised dealers.
Back From Brink, Growth Eyed for Unique MV-1
Producer Mobility Ventures says about 4,000 of the vehicles are in circulation, so its projections for 2,000-2,200 sales this year would mean a serious boost in MV-1 population.
Audi Mulls Next Mobility Plays
A ready-made distribution network is something the OEs have that many of the upstart mobility providers can’t match – at least not as quickly or easily.
Zipcar Sees Perfect Fit With Autonomous Future
“We feel like we’re in a good place,” Zipcar President Kaye Ceille says.
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