David C. Smith

Correspondent, WardsAuto

Dave Smith, WardsAuto editor at large, is the founding editor of WardsAuto World magazine. He writes about numerous topics, all with a keen perspective honed from years of experience as a longtime industry observer.

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Dec 16, 2013

Mustang Almost Died in Early 1990s

CEO Alex Trotman said “Mustang is an intrinsic part of Ford’s DNA,” and this rallied the troops....More
Aug 05, 2013

Dick Dauch Remembered

Industry veteran Dauch started his automotive career at General Motors in 1964, and he was only 30 when he was selected to manage one of its largest....More
Jul 22, 2013

Ford’s Caldwell Will Be Remembered for Taurus Gamble

Like most executives with finance credentials, the Harvard MBA was a stickler for metrics and details. But Caldwell, the conservative bean counter,....More
Jan 08, 2013

Bob Lutz: From Doodler to Design Catalyst

His biggest achievement was to free GM’s design studios from a stultifying product-development bureaucracy so it could focus on creativity,....More
Oct 17, 2012

From Worst to Best: Cadillac Cimarron Vs. ATS

The ATS is looking like a big success in part because the development team focused on creating a true sports sedan, lighter than all the key....More
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