James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles
Delphi Wants Partners for 48V Technology
While Delphi might lack the motor- or battery-making capabilities of its rivals, it boasts one big advantage, the supplier’s product chief says.
GMC Exec Sees No Easing of Pickup, SUV Surge
The combination of demand and refinement has been a boon to GMC, pushing up average transaction prices and take-rates for the brand’s upscale Denali range of luxury models.
Exclusivity Key Element of Luxury
Experts suggest luxury-product makers risk diluting their brand if they go too far down-market.
New York Move Paying Off, Cadillac Design Chief Says
In an address to the WardsAuto Interiors Conference, Cadillac’s Andrew Smith says connectivity will compel designers to think differently about innovation.
BASF Color Outlook Merges Perspectives
The coating supplier’s color predictions are informed by global trends in fashion, architecture and textiles, as well as economic, technological and societal shifts.
GM’s April U.S. Sales Tumble 7.1% 1
Fleet sales were 23% of that total, inline with the company’s guidance but off from the 25% or more mix from the automaker historically.
Chevy Malibu Hybrid Tech Casts Wide Net
GM considers the Malibu hybrid its best shot in years at driving down the automaker’s alternative-propulsion costs.
Chevy Camaro ‘Fits Like a Glove’
The 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors winner impresses judges with an uncannily good seating position.
Japan Quake Trims GM Production
The quakes in Japan limit parts supplies to a number of GM assembly locations, and the shutdowns effectively amount to a rationing of those parts to sites where they are needed most.
GM Evens Up European Ops
“In Europe, we broke even in Q1 and we are on plan to break even for the calendar year,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra says.
P3 Injects Dose of Silicon Valley Into Detroit
P3 North America President and CEO Samit Ghosh says the supplier will hire 100 new employees and plans to make an investment in “smart charging” for automotive.
Come Together Right Now, Compliance Execs Plead
Disparate emissions and fuel-economy standards around the world have become a source of growing angst for global automakers.
Chevy Camaro Loses Its Top; Adds Racy I-4 1
This convertible turns drop-top motoring on its ear, and it owes its refinement to the modular body structure making the all-new Camaro such a hoot to drive. The I-4 engine isn’t too bad, either.
Industry Transformation on Dual Timelines
Former GM R&D chief Larry Burns suggests the industry gain a deeper understanding of what might make an historic transformation possible by tapping the talent on the cutting edge of technology.
Retiring VP Welburn Retooled GM Design 1
GM Chairman and CEO Barra says Welburn elevated GM design to “among the most-respected and sought-after organizations in the industry.”
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