David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
Cadillac Lone Drag on GM’s January U.S. Sales
Buick was the automaker’s star performer, with sales spiking 57.7% in the month.
Ford Posts Slim U.S. Sales Gain, as Utility, Lincoln Demand Rises
Ford’s overall transaction prices increased $1,800 in January, a jump it says was nearly three times the industry’s average.
Dodge Rallies for FCA, But Chrysler, Fiat U.S. Sales Lag
Chrysler’s seemingly doomed 200 model saw sales plunge 60.2%, driving down overall sales for the brand by 15.7%. Jeep and Ram models continued in high demand.
EVs Inevitable, Resistance Futile, Ghosn Says
The Renault-Nissan CEO acknowledges current consumer resistance to electric vehicles, but says regulators call the shots as much as customers and they want zero emissions.
Nissan’s Munoz Eyes Another Sales Record in 2016
More capacity earmarked for North America and a strong new-product lineup are two big reasons for optimism heading into the new year.
VW’s U.S. Diesel Fix Remains Work in Progress
Executives apologize profusely at NAIAS but rule little out as the automaker looks for solutions to its emissions scandal. Vehicle buybacks, installation of new technology and the funding of non-auto-related environmental-improvement projects are among potential remedies.
Concept Leads Audi Further Down Electrification Road
The automaker’s NAIAS show car, a fuel-cell-powered CUV, is expected to come to market first as a plug-in hybrid.
Volume No Longer VW’s Prime Target
Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says he will release details of a new 2025 strategy this spring, and becoming No.1 in the world won’t be at the top of the automaker’s list.
VW’s Tiguan Grows Up With Second-Gen Model to Come
Volkswagen of America officials long have noted the current Tiguan is an inadequate competitor in the North American market, sized a little too small and priced a little too high for U.S. consumers.
GM Sales Dip in December; Jeep Lone FCA Brand in Black
Strong results for Cadillac and GMC were not enough to deliver a gain for GM in the month. Weak sales continue for FCA in the car sector. Both post solid 2015 volumes overall.
Micro Tech, VW Scandal Boosting Prospects for Testing-Equipment Maker
In the final stages of development, Global MRV expects to begin offering its new Firefly emissions-measuring device to fleet operators by the end of 2016. The technology also has drawn interest from regulators around the world.
Delphi Says Regulations Will Drive Automakers to 48V Electrical Systems
The electronics supplier also sees demand for autonomous-vehicle technologies, but says a fully self-driving car isn’t needed to achieve most of the sought-after safety benefits.
FCA Posts Strong November on Jeeps, Pickups, But Car Brands Lag
Jeep’s 30.3% spike on volume of 68,903 vehicles was the biggest among FCA’s brands and marked its best-ever November. More troubling is the performance of FCA’s key small cars.
End Near for U.S. Auto Market’s Current Growth Cycle
Next year will be the peak, says NADA economist Steven Szakaly. “In the long run, we don’t think this market is sustainable.”
Automakers Have Breathing Room on Autonomous, Other Trends, But Just a Little
Traditional players understand firsthand the many roadblocks to bringing advanced technologies to market, believing they have plenty of time to work out the details. Disrupters envision a near-overnight revolution. Neither side is right, consultant Deloitte says.
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Feb 11, 2016
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