James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Valeo Sets Sights on 48V Leadership
Valeo’s 48V system, which is underpinned by the French supplier’s electric supercharger, makes its debut this year on the redesigned Audi SQ7 high-performance large SUV.
2016 Wards 10 Best UX: Surprise and Delight
From a console pad for storing and charging a smartphone to a pickup truck cargo bed that doubles as an audio speaker, WardsAuto editors uncovered a plethora of surprise and delight features during Wards 10 Best UX testing.
Automated Tech on Fast Track, Industry Execs Say
There is reason for skepticism. Complex technological breakthroughs still lie ahead and consumer acceptance remains a question.
Nissan Goes Big With Redesigned Titan V-8 2
The addition of gasoline direct injection provides much of the power and fuel-economy gains by reducing knock, improving combustion stability and offering precise injection control. It also raises the compression ratio.
Chevy Bolt EV Range 238 Miles, Costs $37,500
While not expected to be a volume-seller, the Bolt will underpin new-mobility ventures for the Detroit automaker including car-sharing, ride-hailing and autonomous technology.
Chevy Bolt Underpins New Business Model, GM Exec Says 4
“Not only are we expanding our product portfolio, we are expanding our business model,” says Pam Fletcher, GM’s leading electric-vehicle engineer.
GM Sales Slip in August; Predicts Strong Finish to Year
Several model lines posted notable gains, led by the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
GM, U.S. Army Plan FCEV Unveil 3
While GM wants feedback on how the technology performs, the Army wants to test it for potential use in combat because fuel cells operate quietly and can provide remote electrical power generation.
Volkswagen Wants Suppliers to Go FAST
Rollout of the FAST program, which reached its first milestone with a supplier summit in Berlin two months ago, comes at a time when Volkswagen is trying to trim $1 billion in capital spending.
Cadillac Escala Hint of Tomorrow, Possibly Today
The General Motors brand considers the rear-wheel-drive Escala, which is Spanish for “scale,” a driver’s car that also indulges the senses.
Chevy Corvette GS Hits Sweetest of Sweet Spots
The Corvette GS is more than just colorful stripes and badges. It adds track-oriented items such as upgraded cooling, chassis and driveline technologies.
P3 North America Stewards CharIN Expansion
Combined Charging System inlets accommodate standard AC and quick-charging DC connectors, giving electrified-vehicle owners the flexibility to utilize either option.
Winds of Change Test OEM, Supplier Relations
Volkswagen executive Mahesh Kodumudi says change will be felt most acutely at VW, as the German automaker rebuilds from the diesel-emissions-cheating scandal.
Congress Eyeing Automotive Cybersecurity
The General Accounting Office found automakers are most concerned about possible security breaches through remote access points, such as telematics systems and cellular networks.
NHTSA’s Rosekind Supports Regulatory Harmonization
An Alliance of Automobiles Manufacturers official sharply criticized regulators earlier this week, saying a lack of harmonization pushes up vehicle costs, threatens jobs and jeopardizes progress on safety.


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