James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Toyota’s Core Products Push June U.S. Sales Up 11.9%
The automaker’s performance against the backdrop of another strong month by nearly all automakers leads Toyota to lift its industry sales outlook to 16.3 million units from 16.0 million.
Recall-Weary GM Still Finding Buyers; June Sales Rise 9%
GM sold 267,461 vehicles in June compared with 264,843 units in like-2013. The automaker’s year-over-year result was boosted by two fewer selling days compared with the same month last year.
GM Takes More Safety Recall Action, Targets 8.4 Million Vehicles
The automaker also says it will take a charge of $500 million in the second quarter related to the latest recalls, raising the financial cost of this year’s safety campaigns to $3.2 billion.
GM Receives Pivotal Feinberg Report; Injury Compensation Program Limitless
Although author Kenneth Feinberg declines to weigh in on the number of death claims expected, the protocol addresses several other key items of speculation since the depth of the defect emerged earlier this year.
Daimler, Renault-Nissan to Detail Latest JV 1
The plan calls for Nissan to produce the new entry-level Mercedes CLA-Class sedan, plus a derivative for its Infiniti luxury brand, at its Aguascalientes, Mexico, plant.
GM Names Cathy Clegg to Lead N.A. Manufacturing 
Clegg replaces Gerald Johnson, who has been tapped by CEO Mary Barra to beef up engineer training after a sweeping ignition-switch recall.
No Cap to Ignition-Switch Victims’ Fund, GM CEO Barra Says
The chief executive tells Washington lawmakers the greatest challenge to fixing Cobalts and other GM small cars on the road with the problem is getting owners to bring them in for service.
GM CEO Barra Returns to Washington Amid More Recalls
The chief executive’s visit will give lawmakers an opportunity to pursue answers to questions Barra could not provide in April, when she often cited an internal investigation the automaker expected would deliver complete findings.
GM Removed ‘Restraints’ for Exotic-Killer Chevy Camaro Z/28 4
Engineers were encouraged to tap into the latest lightweight and performance technologies, and if a vehicle feature kept the car from going faster and was not required by law, it was stripped out.
GM Pledges to Fix Safety ‘Failures,’ But Questions Remain
It is unclear whether a key factor in the vehicle-development process, uncovering a connection between the defective ignition switch and airbag failures, may exist with parts in other GM vehicles on the road today.
GM’s Barra to Deliver Recall Update; Investigation Findings Expected
The chief executive will speak to GM employees from the automaker’s Warren, MI, technical center via a global broadcast tomorrow. GM will not comment on content of the event, beyond calling it an update on the recall.
Electric, Natural Gas Infrastructure Dilemma Persists
In the case of battery-electric vehicles, experts see the ramp-up of public charging stations as particularly sluggish. “Bottom line, all the talk about public charging isn’t happening,” says GM’s Britta Gross.
GM May Sales Rise 8.4% Despite Corporate Recall Mess
GM says May marked its best sales month since August 2008 and it expects a market share increase over May 2013, when it grabbed 17.6% of U.S. sales.
Follow Road to Asia, Smaller Connected Cars or Perish, Visteon CEO Says 
Tim Leuliette says some of the biggest OEMs no longer wield the dominant position they did just a few years ago and the power of influence has shifted from the U.S. to Asia.
GM Releases Tally of Year-to-Date Recalls
The document marks an unusual step, but a spokesman says given the recall activity this year GM felt compelled to publish an accurate list it will update regularly.
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