David E. Zoia

E. Zoia
Editorial Director,

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

North American Assembly Possible for Expanding Supplier Magna
Magna says the business climate could be right for adding vehicle-assembly capacity in the NAFTA region, where automakers are running their plants full tilt.
FCA Bullish on Pickups, New AWD Car Platform
The automaker says it is sharpening its incentive plan on fullsize pickups to target specific sectors over the next 90 days, and it says the full ramifications of its new Giorgio car/CUV architecture are “yet to be seen.”
NADA Chairman: Tesla Model Wouldn’t Add Up for Most Automakers 4
Dealers spend a lot of money on facilities, service and sales training and inventorying cars and trucks. Those are costs manufacturers would have to carry on their books if they insist on direct sales, Jeff Carlson says.
More Flair Needed in Infotainment, Designer Says
Nearly all infotainment systems look alike, Pocketsquare Design co-founder Dave Lyon says, meaning car manufacturers are missing an opportunity to wow buyers and establish distinctive brand identities.
Cars to Make Comeback in Battle Over Connectivity
Industry insiders and analysts say smartphones ultimately will be relied on less for in-vehicle connectivity as cars add more robust computing capacity and capability.
UX Story Ends Well With Ford Escape
The automaker gets it right with the Escape’s third-generation Sync system, which is lightning fast and easy to use.
What Will Consumers Pay for Autonomous-Drive? Volvo Has Idea 1
Volvo believes its long-held reputation for safety will be a big advantage in its quest to win over autonomous-vehicle buyers.
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.


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