David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
WardsAuto

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

Articles

NXP’s New Computing Platform Promises to Speed Vehicle Development
Still a year before its product-validation release, the new microprocessor appears to be a huge hit. Eight of the top 15 automakers around the world already have committed to using the technology in upcoming vehicles.
UX Complicated, And Likely to Become More So
Vehicle designers will have even more to think about as new data-gathering capabilities emerge, populations shift and buyers demand a social experience inside their cars.
HMI Formula Calls for Just Right Dose of Communication
Passengers will want to feel safe in the autonomous vehicles of the future, and that means they will need assurance the car knows what it is doing. But too much information can be detrimental, industry insiders say.
Fleets, Hurricane Drive Ford’s U.S. Sales Gain in September
The automaker says about a third of its sales increase can be credited to post-Harvey demand in Houston, but even without that bump the market overall was strong in the month.
Winning Subaru Impreza Sets Bar on Vehicle-to-Driver Communication
The car’s ability to indicate what it sees and what it is about to do is unparalleled, making for a relaxing, confident drive. Other automakers should copy the formula – immediately.
Big-Truck Industry Must Wait for Own Autonomous-Testing Law 1
Proposed regulations around commercial-vehicle testing were left out of congressional bills regarding autonomous-vehicle development after a lobbying effort from labor unions opposed to the legislation. But the Senate Commerce Committee’s top Democrat promises big-truck makers won’t be forgotten.
Nissan Takes Armada Fullsize SUV Up a Notch
Unveiled at the State Fair of Texas, the new Armada Platinum Reserve will hit U.S. dealerships nationwide in late October with a base price of $61,690.
Expectations Run High as Nissan Turns Over New Leaf
Why all the fuss over a car that has sold on average less than 40,000 units a year? Because Nissan believes the “era of the EV” is dawning, and its experience with battery-powered cars puts it in a position to succeed.
Nissan Cuts Price, Extends Range on Revamped Leaf
The strategy positions the EV several thousand dollars below the Chevrolet Bolt, but the new model still falls short of the General Motors car’s 200-plus mile range.
Delphi Touts 48V/DSF System as Inexpensive Diesel Alternative
The supplier’s combination of a super-smart cylinder deactivation system with advanced mild-hybrid technology works seamlessly in a 1.8L Volkswagen Passat test vehicle and promises big gains in fuel-economy ratings and emissions reduction.
Technology Drive Fueling Scorching-Hot Supplier M&A Pace 1
Suppliers are likely to close more than 200 deals this year, up 25% from 2016, with much more to come.
Fleets, Cars Hold Down Ford’s July U.S. Tally
The automaker posted a strong retail result, with volume down just 1% on strong utility and pickup demand.
Cultural Change Under Way, Ford CEO Says, With More to Come  1
Top executive Jim Hackett is promising to roll out a fully fleshed-out strategy in coming months but says the automaker already is moving faster and reenergizing its workforce.
Parts Makers Push Case Against BAT, Drastic NAFTA Changes 3
Manufacturing costs will rise significantly, suppliers say, and the result will be fewer, not more, U.S. jobs.
Massive Retooling Readies Toyota Georgetown for Another 30 Years
Launch of the ’18 Camry introduces the automaker’s new TNGA global platform to North America, but it marks only the beginning of the extensive overhaul under way in Kentucky.