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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Jun 08, 2015

New Biography: Mary Barra Earned Her Way to Top at GM

What makes the CEO’s story all the more compelling is that she grew up in a middle-class GM family and wound up leading the world’s second-largest....More
May 28, 2015

Hey Cadillac, I Double-Dog Dare You

Turns out Teddy Roosevelt used the phrase in a 1910 speech: “…who best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who, at worst, if he....More
Aug 04, 2014

The Motor City Is Still the Motor City

Cars and SUVs still are manufactured in the beleaguered city, which is emerging from bankruptcy and whose population has sunk to under 700,000, one-....More
Jun 13, 2014

Bill Hoglund Dies at 79, Narrowly Missed Top Spot at GM

The former GM executive credited for revitalizing Pontiac in the 1980s once said, “Whoever did the Aztek ought to be shot.”....More
May 30, 2014

How Dave Power Became ‘Voice of the Customer’

In launching his firm, Power came up with a unique idea: Talk directly to customers about their problems, likes and complaints....More
May 09, 2014

RIP Dodge Caravan: 1984-2016

I’m so upset I may even donate, to the Salvation Army, my black crewneck sweater with the blue and white checkered shirt at the collar, the preferred....More
Apr 22, 2014

The Key to GM’s Recall

If it is determined top brass has been negligent, CEO Mary Barra could be joined in the searing spotlight by some heavyweights who have since....More
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
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