James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles
Not Moving Fast Enough, de Nysschen Out at Cadillac 2
Steve Carlisle, a GM lifer beginning his career in 1982 at the Oshawa, Canada, assembly plant, replaces de Nysschen. Carlisle has trotted the globe for GM over his 36 years with the automaker.
’18 Hyundai Kona Ready for Small CUV Battle
The Korean automaker smartly took its time to develop a U.S.-specific vehicle with the Kona and pays off with expressive styling, a superb level of available content, buttoned-up driving dynamics and pricing that does not break the bank.
Cadillac Chases Autobahn Eaters With CT6 V-Sport 3
The CT6 V-Sport will retain its refined ride, GM says, and focus on a niche of luxury buyers who want the creamy, seemingly endless power only a V-8 can deliver.
The Complicated Role of Artificial Intelligence in Future Vehicles 
AI is expected to one day be a decision-making superhero, fusing information from a roster of autonomous-vehicle sensors and a connected transportation ecosystem to deliver us to work or play safely and leisurely.
GM Rejoins Conventional-Cab, Medium-Duty Market
The Detroit automaker calls its group of Class 4, Class 5 and Class 6 conventional cab trucks the most customer-focused offering in the market.
Trump Steel Tariff Stokes Pricing Fears, Sort of 2
The measure would give U.S. makers greater pricing power, which some fear automakers already managing high costs and relatively thin margins may have to pass on to consumers.
’19 GMC Sierra Difference Maker, GM Says
The new Sierra large pickup comes on the heels of January’s reveal of the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado, with which it shares its structural bones. But that’s where the likeness ends, GM Vice President Mark Reuss says.
GM’s February U.S. Sales Meet Headwind 3
The Detroit automaker sold 220,905 light vehicles last month on a daily basis, compared with 237,251 in the same period a year ago, according to Wards Intelligence data.
’18 Buick Regal TourX Some Kind of Finisher
The TourX shines most getting you to your getaway rather than into the heart of it and, unlike the high-roof SUVs and CUVs, you can reach the bike or kayak stored on top without a step stool or scraping the sill plate with your Timberlands.
GM Cranks Up Advanced Design Work
The unit has broadened the work it does inside the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC rooms to plot the future of those brands and meet the increasingly specific demands of consumers.
GM Reiterates Bright Outlook, But Must Address Korea
Analysts blame uncompetitive pricing for the Chevrolet brand in Korea, a result of the unit’s high manufacturing costs and low productivity from underutilized assembly plants.
GM’s January U.S. Sales Reflect Truck-Hungry Market
GM sold 198,548 light vehicles in January, compared with 195,827 last year, according to WardsAuto data. In terms of straight volume, the automaker’s deliveries grew 1.4%.
Chevy Corvette ZR1 Posts New VIR Lap Record
GM says the Corvette ZR1, the latest and likely final variant from the current-generation car, recently ran VIR’s 4.1-mile (6.6-km) Grand Course West in a blistering 2:37.25.
’18 Buick Regal Sportback Parachutes Into White Space
In a market snapping up CUVs and SUVs with seemingly unquenchable demand while turning their noses up at old-fashion sedans such as the previous-generation Regal, GM thinks shoppers may embrace an alternative to those increasingly cookie-cutter products.
Cadillac’s Next Best Chance Begins Now 2
The brand is nine months away from its pivotal product offensive beginning with the XT4 small CUV. Quick on the heels of the XT4 is a third CUV slightly larger than the current XT5.
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