David E. Zoia

Editorial Director
WardsAuto

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

Articles by David E. Zoia
VW Tweaks Jetta for ’15
VW’s all-new diesel and improved interior are among highlights of the updated model that bows this week in New York.
VW Diesel Push Pays Off in March
Driven by special sales and lease deals, reduced-rate financing and a $1,000 fuel-card incentive, diesels accounted for 26.6% of VW deliveries, marking the automaker’s best March ever for TDI sales.
A3 Gets More Audi-Like With Options Added
The new sedan starts at $29,900 with an award-winning 1.8L engine and reasonably equipped. But buyers will have to spend a bit more to get the full Audi treatment.
New A3 Sedan Anchors Audi’s U.S. Volume Play
The 4-door model is the first in a string of seven A3 variants to come that will include a drop-top cabriolet, Sportback model and a performance S version, plus the long-awaited Q3 CUV.
Jeep Renegade to Lead Charge in International Markets 1
Debuting at the Geneva auto show later today, the ’15 Renegade shares its Small-Wide platform with the Fiat 500L, though Chrysler executives say the architecture has been significantly updated for the new Jeep.
Critical Models Lagging for Chrysler, GM, Volkswagen
The Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Dart and VW Passat, all vital entries for their respective brands, continue to struggle against some key competitors.
VW Continues CUV Exploration With T-ROC Concept
This time VW is going all-out in a sporty direction with the low-profile, 2-door T-ROC, punctuated by its removable 2-piece roof, bold grille and aggressive, round headlamps with integrated LEDs and cameras.
VW Adds Plug-In to Golf Lineup, But No U.S. Plans
VW says the new Golf GTE can travel up to 31 miles and at speeds up to 81 mph in all-electric mode, while achieving 157 mpg in European driving.
Audi Shows Sketch of Upcoming New-Gen TT
Reminiscent of the first-generation car, the new ’15 model presents an athletic stance, with wide wheel arches that intersect with the hood opening and a long tornado line that extends from front to rear.
UAW Vote Won’t Deliver Death Blow to Either Side 2
It appears unlikely a yes vote at VW will lead to a union march on the South or that past industry labor practices, in part blamed for the near-collapse of the domestic auto industry in 2009, would rise again on the strength of the Chattanooga plant’s move under the UAW umbrella.
Automakers Push for Showroom Overhauls, and Dealers May Reap Rewards
OEs are pressing for more than brick-and-mortar changes and modern décor. They want showroom culture to evolve as well, and evidence suggests dealers who follow these new employee/customer roadmaps will be rewarded.
Clinton Dodges Controversy, Gets Warm Reception at NADA
The former Secretary of State remains unsure about a 2016 presidential bid. “Let’s solve the problems we have now as elected officials,” she tells the dealer group. “We can worry about the next election later.”
Ford Says Modular Construction to Make Aluminum F-Series Easier to Repair 2
Ford says the new F-150’s modular front structure can be replaced in 6-7 hours less than with the existing model.
Bosch Pitches Fast-Track Vehicle Inspection System
The scalable system, which bases at $6,400 and rises to about $50,000 with all the bells and whistles, allows dealers to supply a thorough, data-driven printed diagnostic report to vehicle owners in minutes.
Industry Should Lease More, Not Less, Manheim Economist Says
Experian Automotive says leasing accounted for 23.7% of new-vehicles sold last year and 28.3% of all purchases made other than by cash. Meanwhile, loan terms are escalating, with nearly one in five new vehicles financed for more than 73 months.
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