David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles
UAW Points Toward Collective Bargaining at VW Tennessee Plant
The timetable toward wage negotiations remains unclear. “I don’t know it’s a 2-week deal, but it’s not a 2-year deal either,” says a high-ranking union official.
Lexus Powers Toyota to November Gain
Despite a redesign, Camry sales were off 1.3% to 28,846, though Toyota says the new XSE model combined with the SE trim level for more than half of all the sedan’s deliveries in the month.
Cadillac Only Brand in Red as GM Posts Strong November
GM says the Black Friday-boosted performance marked its best November in seven years, driven by strong results from Buick (up 32.1%) and GMC (27.7%).
Cherokee, Ram Pickup, 200 Sedan Among Drivers for Chrysler in November
The revamped Chrysler 200 midsize sedan appears to be catching on with buyers, as sales jumped 164.9% daily to 14,317 units, marking the car’s best November ever.
Reincarnated Maybach Luxury Sedan Meant to Be Seen, Not Heard
A stiffer body and airtight sealing take an already quiet S-Class cabin to new levels, a top Mercedes engineer says.
Cadillac: Product, Other Fixes Coming; Patience Required 5
Chief Johan de Nysschen is looking to lead Cadillac out of a “no-man’s” land, where its vehicles are priced too high for legacy customers and the brand lacks the equity required to conquest Mercedes and BMW buyers.
GM Says Consumers to Decide Future of Chevy Colorado ZR2
GM says it will study public reaction to the concept before deciding whether the Colorado ZR2 could be added to the Chevy stable, but it would appear a likely candidate to expand the midsize pickup line down the road.
VW Confident of Plan to Speed Up Product Cycle 1
Until now, VW has been on a 7-year replacement cycle for most of its vehicles, a cadence in line with most of its European competitors.
Audi Signals Styling, Technology Future
The German luxury-car maker’s L.A. Auto Show offerings include a unique all-wheel-drive plug-in fuel-cell vehicle and a new styling exercise that previews a new A9 model and could reintroduce 4-wheel steering to the market.
Explorer Goes Upmarket; Adds 2.3L EcoBoost to Mix 1
Ford is taking the Explorer even more upscale to compete directly with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and GMC Acadia SUVs, which have more-lucrative, higher-priced models in their lineups.
Upcoming GT350 Expected to Appeal to a New Breed of Mustang Buyer
The new model should appeal to customers of high-end European makes but “who really want an American car,” says Jim Farley, Ford’s chief marketing officer. “This is an in-your-face (car); there’s nothing subtle about it.”
Latest Shelby GT350 Features High-Powered Naturally Aspirated V-8 1
The new model, shown to the press just days before its public unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this week, boasts a 5.2L engine that is the first production V-8 from Ford employing a flat-plane cranksaft typical of racing applications and found in some high-end exotics.
GM Goes Clean Sheet in Engineering Chevy Volt’s Second-Gen Powertrain 5
Placed side-by-side, the new and old systems present a stunning visual. Despite a small increase in the displacement of the gasoline engine from 1.4L to 1.5L the overall package is reduced markedly in volume and has shed about 130 lbs.
GM China Head Stays Cool Despite Daunting Agenda
The operation has a lot on its plate, with five new manufacturing plants – and possibly a sixth – in the works, an aggressive new-model launch plan and a bullish short-term sales target for the Cadillac brand. And this with the market slowing overall.
Chinese Automakers, Suppliers Encouraged to Go Global 3
The local industry recognizes there’s still work to be done to improve quality and upgrade technology – huge tasks, in fact. But government officials and company insiders say it’s time to prepare for a bigger play around the world.
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