David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Valens’ High-Speed Answer to Car Connectivity
Automobiles will choke on the data generated by proliferating infotainment features and coming autonomous systems without new high-speed connectivity technology onboard, the Israeli semiconductor company says.
SEG Readies 48V Tech Play as Life After Bosch Begins
Owned by China’s ZMJ, SEG lays claim to being the world’s largest supplier of stop/start systems. It’s looking for growth through additional high-tech products and a bigger footprint in North America.
Siemens Says New Tool Can Speed Autonomous-Vehicle Development
The combination of Mentor’s onboard computing technology with TASS’s simulation software removes a lengthy step from the autonomous-vehicle development process, potentially allowing that technology to reach the market much faster, executives say.
Survey Says Auto Suppliers Back Tougher Fuel-Economy Standards
Parts makers say they’ve benefited from the 2025 CAFE standards and don’t want to see them rolled back as part of a government review due to wrap up April 1.
Vehicle Dependability Up, But Not for All Brands, Study Shows
There were fewer problems reported overall by U.S. consumers after three years of ownership, but more brands fall below average in this year’s J.D. power rankings.
Retiring CEO Says J.D. Power to Keep Pace With Industry Changes
Mobility, electrification and autonomous vehicles will add pressure and could reshape the industry landscape, but retiring top executive Finbarr O’Neill says there still will be a need for the research arm’s data, no matter who the industry stakeholders are.
Daimler Stays Loyal to Diesel Despite Electrification Push
The automaker says diesels are critical to meeting European CO2 targets, and the engines remain popular even in the face of recent emissions scandals.
New Audi A7’s Exterior Sleek, But Real Design Drama Inside the Cabin
The German automaker dumps its long-running, well-received and widely copied console-mounted man-machine interface controller and 32 other buttons in favor of a haptic touchscreen that looks and functions like a smartphone.
Daimler Plans Cautious March to Autonomous
The automaker isn’t looking to move to fully autonomous cars in a single jump, saying neither the technology nor market will be ready soon.
GM, Waymo Out Front in Autonomous, Navigant Says
Ford drops from first to fourth in the researcher’s rankings, as others step up the pace to bring self-driving vehicles to market.
2018 Winner: Toyota Camry 2.5L 4-Cyl./Single Motor Hybrid 2
The Camry Hybrid’s mix of gasoline and electric power works like a well-choreographed dance, delivering impressive fuel economy with performance to boot.
New Mercedes G-Class Changes Mostly Everything and Almost Nothing
Mercedes updates its most serious off-roader, but is careful to ensure the vehicle doesn’t lose any of its iconic design cues.
All-Electric MEB Platform to Drive New Firsts at VW
The new architecture will consolidate electronic controls and reduce the number of microprocessors, advance the application of new driver-assistance technology and somewhat alter the way cars are built at the German automaker.
Automakers, Suppliers Must Refocus to Protect Profitability, Consultancy Says
An estimated 40% of industry profitability will be derived from electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and on-demand mobility services by 2030, BCG says. Existing automakers and suppliers need to act now if they are to get a piece of that action and survive.
Visteon Looks to Play Big Role in Autonomous Vehicles With DriveCore
The supplier wants to become the autonomous-vehicle systems integrator for global automakers, using its new central domain controller as the centerpiece for the advanced technology.
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Mar 8, 2018
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