James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Redesigned ’17 Buick LaCrosse Steps Out in L.A.
The heart of the new LaCrosse, available next summer in the U.S., is an all-new powertrain: a 3.6L gasoline direct injection V-6 and 8-speed automatic transmission with shift-by-wire.
’16 Chevy Camaro Runs With New Crowd, Sort Of 1
GM extinguishes the dinosaur that typified the last-generation model of the bow-tie sports coupe. A sixth go-round of the Camaro produces a lighter, faster, more refined and, dare we say, sophisticated animal.
'16 Chevy Camaro On the Road
WardsAuto editor James M. Amend takes the '16 Chevy Camaro on one leg of a 48-state road trip conducted by General Motors to launch the sixth-generation of the sports coupe.
Cadillac XT5 Storms Dubai
The XT5 is a key element in a $12.5 billion product investment by GM into Cadillac over the next few years and shifts the CUV to a new platform designated “Chi.”
Ford, GM Enjoy Brisk Sales, Set Industry for Big Finish
Ford’s daily deliveries rose 9.0% last month to 206,874 units from 182,979 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data. GM sold 262,993 cars, trucks and CUVs, an 11.8% uptick.
GM Engine Consolidation Walks Fine Line
A consolidation of engine architectures leads to broader parts and component sharing, as well as common tooling sets, which drives purchasing scale and savings.
New EPA Discovery Further Dents VW’s Credibility
The latest round of vehicles uncovered during recently heightened federal test activity of VW vehicles would add thousands of units to an expected recall by the automaker.
VW Faces Uphill Slog in Emissions Recall
Legally, experts say, VW has few levers to pull. Unless a state requires annual emissions inspections, owners are free to keep their TDIs as-is.
Mahindra Turns Attention Inward Ahead of Growth Bid
For the time being, Mahindra has its hands full getting its own house in order. The automaker wants to mature its business ahead of a global growth push in light vehicles.
GM Mass Reductions Drive Savings, Opportunities
Lighter vehicles are more fuel efficient, and the mass savings pave the way for adding technologies such as battery propulsion and autonomous-driving hardware in the future, GM’s Mark Reuss says.
GM Covets Untapped Markets, Connected Cars
GM President Dan Amman says the automaker’s future will rely heavily on a plan to engage customers beyond the vehicle to mobile devices.
GM CEO Barra Outlines Future Mobility Strategy
GM’s future includes two new car-sharing and ride-sharing projects meant to test existing hardware and software systems, gain insight into the habits of users and add to the automaker’s bottom line.
U.S. Lags in Adoption of Driver-Assistance Technologies
“In the U.S., the motivation is high,” says Boston Consulting Group executive Xavier Mosquet. “The question is how we will move the ball beyond that.”
Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Shout Down Skeptics
GM says the Colorado, the volume seller of the two pickups, is the fastest-selling truck in the U.S. “Dealers will take every one they can get,” says Colorado marketing chief Jessica Rogers.
In Wake of VW Emissions Fiasco, EPA Doubles Down
Christopher Grundler, an EPA director, admits the agency does face funding limitations for testing, but says its actions will not amount to an overhaul of its procedures.

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