David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
A Little Mustang, Lot of Trucks in Ford’s August Sales Report
Utilities combined for 74,590 units in the month, up 12.3% by volume from like-2014, and inventories are turning fast on the new Edge, Explorer and ’16-model Escape.
Small Jeeps Bear Load for FCA in August
The Ram brand also landed in positive territory, driven by fullsize pickup and commercial-van demand.
Ford: Regional Hubs, Flexible Platforms Part of Emerging-Markets Strategy
There will be two versions of the next Focus, one with a more expensive independent rear suspension for mature markets and another with a less-pricey solid rear axle for cost-sensitive emerging markets, the automaker’s purchasing chief reveals.
Ford to Assemble Rangers in Nigeria
The new manufacturing operation will employ about 180 workers both directly and indirectly and have capacity for about 5,000 of the pickups per year.
Jeep Drives FCA’s July U.S. Sales Gain
Wrangler, Cherokee, Patriot and Compass all posted individual records for the month. Not faring as well were the Dodge and Fiat brands, both landing in negative territory.
Chevrolet to Step It Up in Emerging Markets With New Vehicle Family
The new platform is part of GM’s architecture consolidation program first announced in October that calls for the launch of four new global architectures between 2020 and 2025 that will cover the bulk of the automaker’s lineup.
Chrysler Brand Chips In as FCA Posts Strong June in U.S.
Jeep’s best June ever, plus a strong showing from Chrysler’s 200 model, helped offset dips at Ram and FCA’s other brands.
Ford to Use Beacons to Beckon Buyers
Under a pilot program dealers will attach beacons to models they want to feature in their showrooms. As a shopper walks around the vehicle, the devices will broadcast key information to the customer’s smartphone that might help close a sale.
Ford to Use Beacons to Beckon Buyers
Under a pilot program dealers will attach beacons to models they want to feature in their showrooms. As a shopper walks around the vehicle, the devices will broadcast key information to the customer’s smartphone that might help close a sale.
Ford Back at LeMans for 50th Anniversary of Historic Win
The racer will be powered by a high-output version of the automaker’s 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 and is expected to lead to lightweighting and other innovations that could filter down to production models.
India-Built EcoSport Could Be U.S.-Bound, Report Says
In a meeting with financial analysts last week, Ford CFO Bob Shanks noted the potential is there under the One Ford plan to bring product to the U.S. from outside of North America.
Big Automaker Mergers Rarely Add Up, Ford CFO Tells Analysts 1
Plans designed to maximize production efficiency that may look good on paper rarely achieve such savings in the real world, says a top Ford executive. That’s because suppliers may play a bigger role than automakers when it comes to economies of scale.
Honda to Lead Product Pace to ʼ19, Pick Up Share, Analyst Predicts
In looking at track records over the past two decades, it’s clear that low average product-replacement rates translate into market-share losses and vice versa, says BofA Merrill Lynch’s John Murphy, meaning Honda has the best chance to conquest customers.
Ford Posts May U.S. Sales Gain Despite F-Series Supply Squeeze
F-150 inventory is turning every 26 days, compared with 83 days for competitive fullsize pickups, Ford says. ATPs are up $3,300 to $43,300.
Frustrated Ultracap Supplier Sees Light at End of Tunnel
Automakers are investing heavily in lightweighting and new engine technology to improve fuel economy. But they could get a bigger bang for the buck simply by replacing batteries with supercapacitors in stop-start applications, Ioxus’ marketing chief says.
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