David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Big Data Tightens Grip on Automotive Retailing
The acceleration of available single-solution software that mines data across the spectrum of the retail operation and turns it into revenue could mean the big-bang moment is drawing near for dealers.
Aluminum-Steel Welding Next Step in GM’s Lightweighting Initiative 2
In the initial aluminum-to-steel production program, GM will be moving cautiously, replacing only a couple of the rivets currently used to test the manufacturing process and prove part durability before moving on to more extensive applications.
Supplier-Relationship Scores Suggest Automakers Unprepared for U.S. Downturn 2
GM improved markedly and Ford somewhat in the way they treat their Tier 1 parts makers, but other automakers were viewed less favorably in Planning Perspectives’ annual survey. Nissan dropped dramatically on the index after getting aggressive on price cuts.
Vehicle Resale Values Declining But Still Healthy, Black Book Says
Trucks are holding their value at about twice the rate of cars, but some softening in used-pickup prices can be seen, the data firm says.
Downturn, Disruptors to Pressure Supply Chain
Speed, innovation and flexibility will be required as suppliers look to meet rapid changes in the automotive sector and survive the next downturn, industry insiders say.
Mercedes GLC Nails It
The interior of the moderately priced CUV simply oozes quality. Its finely crafted seats, wood and metal trim and upscale headliner make the cabin an inviting place to be, and its intuitive human-machine interface perfectly bridges the gap between man and machine.
Ford’s April U.S. Sales Mirror Industry: Trucks Strong, Cars Weak
F-Series deliveries topped the 70,000 mark for the second straight month, the first time that’s happened in almost a decade, and Ford-brand utilities set an April record.
Jeep, Ram Vans, Minivans Drove FCA’s U.S. Showroom Traffic in April 1
Cars and MPVs were down 8% in volume, while utility vehicles rose 13% and trucks gained 12%, the automaker says.
Some Market Pressures, But GM China Expects Continued Growth
GM now has capacity to build 5 million vehicles in China, and it expects to need every one of those units. “Our outlook is pretty optimistic,” says market chief Matt Tsien.
FCA’s NAFTA Production Shift Takes Hold on Heels of Strong Q1
CEO Sergio Marchionne says the sourcing plan will see more UAW jobs added and promises not one unit of profitable Ram and Jeep output will be lost during the retooling.
Lightweighting Critical to 2025 CAFE, But Will Take Commitment 2
Taking mass out may be the toughest challenge automakers face. It not only takes clever engineering, but also requires major commitments in capital for new tooling and manufacturing processes.
VW Shows Premium SUV Direction With Beijing Concept
The show vehicle is billed as the automaker’s new “high-tech direction” in the premium SUV segment, likely signaling the path for its next-gen Touareg model.
DARPA Project to Seek Lightyear-Like Leap in Design, Manufacturing
Manufacturers haven’t been able to fully exploit advancements in new materials, because computer-aided design and engineering tools haven’t kept pace, says a program manager for the government agency.
Political Pundits, Dealers Agree: End the Gridlock in Washington
When it comes to who should be the next president of the United States, it seems everyone at NADA is on the same page: Someone who will know how to work with the other party.
VW Says More Product, Autonomy Will Rebuild Brand in U.S.
VW brand CEO Herbert Diess met privately with ailing retailers at the National Automobile Dealers Assn. convention Saturday.
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