James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

GM’s Top Cyber Cop Ratchets Up Product Security
As head of GM’s product cybersecurity organization, Jeff Massimilla is responsible for the end-to-end safety and security of the company’s connected products and services.
Delphi’s 48V Bet Feels Like Sure Thing 1
The Honda Civic-based prototype Delphi provided to WardsAuto editors for testing uses 48 technology to run an electric turbocharger, or e-charger, to boost performance.
Eaton Launches Latest-Gen eLSD
IntelliTrac, which will bow next year on a vehicle from an undisclosed full-line OEM, is not solely reserved for the motoring elite. Plenty of everyday vehicles are expected to use the technology.
June Sales Underscore GM’s Game Plan 1
Last month, the strategy resulted in 5,690 fewer sales to rental companies and the automaker’s overall fleet sales dipped to 18.0%, compared with upwards of 25% in a given month historically.
Euro-Car Flood Possible After Brexit, GM Says 1
Mustafa Mohatarem stops short of providing a forecast for the U.K. and Western Europe, choosing instead to “let the dust settle” before arriving at any conclusions.
GM, U.S. Navy Expand Fuel-Cell Business Case
The automaker’s fuel cell will power an unmanned undersea vehicle capable of up to 70 days under water, with greater range and endurance than a battery-powered unit.
Fifty-Cent Fuel Ahead, If Stars Align
GM fuel-cell chief Charlie Freese calls the scenario, which builds off data from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a “no-brainer.”
Mercedes Takes Spooky Out of Machine Learning
Machine learning inside Mercedes-Benz vehicles observes owner habits, trains itself to recognize those patterns and eventually predict what the driver may want next.
GMC Sierra Denali Loses Bump, Keeps Grind 1
Magnetic-ride control is a technical revolution in fullsize pickup comfort and elevates the truck’s balance between ride and handling to the head of the class among Detroit’s truck sellers.
Silicon Valley Role Player, Ford’s Butler Says
Do not expect Google or Apple to put established transportation players such as Ford, General Motors and Toyota out of business, the executive warns.
Mini Convertible ‘Fundamental’ to Brand, Exec Says
The redesigned convertible moves to a newer platform with BMW engine technology for the first time, tighter fit-and-finish, higher-grade materials and a lengthier queue of customization options.
GM Sales Scuffle in May
The automaker sold 240,450 cars and trucks last month, compared with 293,097 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
GMC Acadia Rebuilt, But Will Buyers Come? 1
The automaker renowned for stacking its lineup with lovable beer-leaguers turns the tables by slashing more than 700 lbs. from the new Acadia.
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.

Jul 26, 2016

WardsAuto 2016 Dealer F&I 150 (PDF)

U.S. top 150 dealerships ranked by F&l revenue for 2016. Includes dealership name, owner, city, state, new vehicle units, used vehicle units, total revenue, and finance and insurance revenue....More


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