James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles
Chevy Blazer CUV Expected in 2018
According to a forecast from WardsAuto and its partner AutoForecastSolutions, the 2-row Blazer would use the same platform as the 3-row Traverse.
Auto Industry ‘Where It’s At,’ Executives Say
Change is afoot elsewhere in automotive, led most evidently by the promise of AI. It introduces disruptive elements to the core business, but also can be applied to the adjacencies of finance and workforce management.
’18 Chevy Equinox Plays It Down Middle
The ’18 Equinox is redone from head to tail in a bid to surge ahead of key competitors such as the newly redesigned Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.
Suppliers in Crosshairs of Elevated Recall Environment
Veteran litigators say in the event of a defect notification from an OEM, suppliers should quickly identify employees involved and lock down communication on the topic.
Surging JLR Wants More, But on Own Terms
But like other foreign automakers selling in the U.S., JLR faces some potential headwinds that could be especially acute for its business.
Jobs Bounce Debated As Trump Promises CAFE Review 6
The president’s rhetoric has presented his administration’s second look at the standards as fulfilling a campaign promise of easing burdensome industry regulations to stimulate job growth.
Opel Sale Solves GM Riddle, Raises PSA Questions 1
PSA chief Tavares argues the blueprint he used to turn around his company will finish a turnaround of Opel-Vauxhall begun by GM in 2013.
GM Diesel Know-How Global, Not Regional, VP Says
Dan Nicholson, vice president-GM Propulsion Systems, suggests a multi billion-dollar sale of Opel to PSA would not drain the automaker’s expertise in diesel technology.
PSA-Opel Could Create Big Three, Challenge to VW in Europe 2
PSA-Opel would net annual sales approaching 2.75 million units and more than 14.2% of the European market, putting it fast on the heels of Renault-Nissan and giving PSA greater access to Germany and the U.K.
GM’s Barra: Full Speed Ahead on Future Mobility
Like many topics in the automotive industry, the position of President Trump on autonomous driving and other future mobility technologies has drawn the interest of industry-watchers
Chevy Brings Redline Special Editions to Life
Redline series vehicles wear black wheels featuring red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, blacked-out grilles and black Chevy bowties.
Trump Talk Takes Punch Out of GM Profit Report
Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens says the automaker’s dialogue with the Trump Admin. includes a strong desire for tax reform that improves the competitiveness of companies.
Chevy Aims to Strike While Iron’s Hot 1
There’s good reason for optimism at GM’s bread-and-butter brand, which over the past 35 years consistently has dueled Ford as the No.1 make in the U.S.
GM’s U.S. Sales Take Breather in January
GM delivered 195,523 cars and trucks last month compared with 203,745 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
Trump Potential Wild Card in GM-Honda Fuel-Cell JV
The $85 million deal bolsters a nearly 4-year-old fuel-cell R&D partnership between the two automakers. Production will occur at an existing GM manufacturing facility in Brownstown, MI.
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