David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
New Toyota-Brand Chief Talks Trucks, Dealers, Camry
It’s all about sales volume, new Toyota Div. General Manager Jack Hollis says. Move the metal and new-product investment is assured, dealers are happy and employees invigorated.
Toyota Hits Mark With More Driver-Oriented Camry
Despite segment sales being off nearly 18% so far this year, Toyota is putting full firepower behind the new Camry’s launch, with plans for a record marketing spend that will be twice that for the previous model.
Fields Out, Hackett In as Ford Seeks Another Cultural Transformation
Management has been too top-down under former CEO Mark Fields, morale has suffered and decisions too slow in coming, executives say.
The Big Story: Inside the Autonomous Vehicle
Designers are looking to create a “third living space” where, freed from the need to drive, occupants can work, socialize, be entertained or catch up on their sleep. But there are hurdles.
Second CAFE Review Gives EPA Chance to Evaluate New Technology 1
The midterm review redo may give the agency an opportunity to look at cost and fuel-economy impacts of emerging technologies such as variable-compression engines and second-gen 48V mild-hybrid systems.
Suppliers Like What GM Serves, Not So Much at Nissan
General Motors’ vast improvement in supplier relations the past two years is no accident, says Planning Perspectives President John Henke, who gives some credit to CEO Mary Barra for setting the tone.
Designers: Consumers Must Be Guided Through Autonomy’s Stages
With five technology levels to go through before vehicles drive themselves 100% of the time, riders will need to know exactly what a semi-autonomous car is capable of when they climb in, interior designers say.
U.S. Sales Slide for Japanese Big Three in April
A rise in light-truck demand wasn’t enough to offset declines on in the car sector. Nissan posted the best performance of the group, with Honda suffering the biggest drop in the daily sales rate.
To Great Effect, CR-V Chooses Redesign Road Less Taken
Honda’s makeover of its venerable CUV for ’17 not only won over our judges, the redesign that’s anything but play-it-safe also has turned the best-selling model into one of the best-looking in its class.
Virtual Sales Assistant Lends Hand in Service Drive 1
Developer Conversica says its artificial-intelligence software has helped boost sales in the showroom and now will seek to do the same for dealership service departments.
Infiniti Concept Aims to Ready QX80 Buyers for More Dramatic Renewal
The Monograph’s mission was to “make an Infiniti but also pay respect to our flagship car” says Infiniti designer Alfonso Albaisa.
New CUVs Bolster Lineup for Already Surging Volvo
A double-digit rise in deliveries last year and a nearly completed refresh of the brand’s entire product portfolio have Volvo’s top U.S. executive feeling confident.
Toyota: FT-4X Could Define New Niche
Designers say about 75% of the off-road concept is production-ready, including its unique rear hatch, which could be made in volume with a little more engineering work.
Supplier Offers Simpler Solution for Controlling Autonomous Tech
Mentor Automotive’s DRS360 platform would help automakers reduce spending on sensors and speed data processing needed to control sophisticated autonomous-drive systems.
Buick Rolls Out Avenir Sub-Brand With New Enclave 2
It’s easy to see why Buick settled on the Enclave as its first model to get the Avenir treatment. Some 90% of current buyers already select one of the two top trims offered.
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