David E. Zoia

David
E. Zoia
Editorial Director,
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Dave writes about manufacturing, vehicle technology, management issues and international trends.

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Chip Maker Sees Opportunity As Automakers Seek Autonomous-Vehicle Brand Character 
A year or two ago it seemed most OEMs were in lockstep along a single path toward the autonomous vehicle and relying heavily on suppliers for its key technologies. Not any more, says silicon supplier Xilinx.
Industry Megatrends Driving Brose R&D 
The German supplier is building a technology portfolio aimed at electric and autonomous vehicles but with an eye toward nearer-term monetization opportunities in luxury cars.
Detroit Autonomous-Vehicle Shuttle First Step for Ambitious May Mobility 
The 18-month-old startup says it is in discussions with several potential corporate customers and municipalities around the U.S. about expanding its AV transportation service.
Advanced Radar to Challenge Lidar in Autonomous-Vehicle Sector 
Tel Aviv-based Arbe Robotics says its new four-dimensional high-resolution imaging radar, ready for testing later this year, outperforms lidar and will be available for a fraction of the current cost.
Automakers Moving Quickly to Embedded Connectivity 
The conservative approach to in-car connectivity is gone, as OEMs look to speed new features to market through strategic partnerships and, in some cases, through product-development sprints measured in weeks, not months.
FCA Stays Cautious On Autonomous, Mobility 
The automaker is placing most of its chips on more limited Level 2 and 3 technology, which it believes offers the only near-term profit opportunity in automated driving.
Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat All Have North American Futures, Marchionne Says
Chrysler will have more products than just the Pacifica, and Dodge will continue with performance models, likely based on an updated version of the current rear-drive platform.
FCA Makes Big Commitment to Electrification 
With the automaker’s focus on premium brands comes a broad emphasis on electrification, including four full battery electrics by 2022.
FCA Brand Plans Include Broader Lineups, Bigger Emphasis on Electrification
The automaker is focused on covering more market segments with its key Jeep, Ram, Maserati and Alfa brands and increasing transaction prices and volumes. It no longer is resisting the electrification movement, with a long list of plug-in hybrids and full battery-electrics planned.
Will EVs Be Ready for Ultra-Fast Charging? 
Electric-vehicle chargers on the way promise to replenish spent batteries in minutes, but auto industry insiders still are debating if ultra-fast charging is practical, affordable and even necessary.
Clever Features, Attention to Detail Hallmarks of Winning Ram 1500 Limited
Ram’s flagship model is filled with the type of materials, design flourishes and clever functional touches generally reserved for high-end luxury cars. And it comes with a variety of interiors designed to fit any taste and purpose.
Dana’s E-Axle Enters Production for China 
The new electric-drive system, targeted at Class 3-6 commercial vehicles, is said to be the first on the market that integrates an electric motor with a rigid axle in a single package.
Ultracaps Take Next Step With Maxwell’s Geely-Volvo Application 
The installation on mild-hybrid versions of CMA-platform vehicles will provide the electrical-power bursts needed to restart the internal-combustion engine when it’s time to take over control from the electric motor.
New Lexus Big Test for Toyota’s Georgetown Plant and Its New Manager
Launch of the TNGA-based ES marks the first time the U.S. facility will undergo a complete model change on its Lexus line, where quality is paramount.
More Dynamic Lexus ES on Conquest Mission
The new model marks a dramatic departure in styling and performance – including the addition of an F Sport trim to the line – as Lexus looks to appeal to a more driving-oriented, younger buyer and lure customers away from competing brands.
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