David E. Zoia
Executive Director, Content
Dave writes about manufacturing, vehicle technology, management issues and international trends.
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Automakers are all-in on electrification, and few want to spend money and resources on new or significantly revamped gasoline engines. That has supplier Delphi focusing on technology that improves ICE efficiency without requiring a lot of engineering effort.
The Japanese automaker was seen as a slow-mover four years ago in the autonomous-vehicle sector. But more OEMs now are following similar game plans, focusing development on advanced safety systems, not fully driver-less cars, for retail customers.
Score a big assist to Volkswagen. Its emissions-cheating scandal may have put the fork in diesel engines and helped speed up the march to battery-electrics.
Conditions today are far different from those that precipitated the decades-long march to the Detroit Three’s near demise seven years ago.
HAS GONE COMMERCIAL. The Warwick, U.K.-based transmission developer, founded around the unique concept of a mechanically actuated automatic, has shifted gears and now is building a business centered on more conventional products. And like most suppliers these days, it is venturing into the world of electrification. Founder Rouman Antonov no longer is with the company, and his Automatic Drive transmission
ECONOMICS, DEMOGRAPHICS AND ELECTRONICS are driving consumer change and, with it, the way automotive interiors will look and function, experts predict. Although panelists addressing What Consumers Need at the Ward's Auto Interiors Conference admit auto makers are reluctant to make dramatic changes to interior design overnight, they all say a new direction is unmistakable, as buyers demand more and