James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Storage Almost Full: Driverless Cars Create Data Crunch
Twitter’s 270 million users produce about 100 GB of data per day. A single autonomous test vehicle produces about 30 TB per day, which is 3,000 times the scope of Twitter’s daily data.
GM Wooing Top Tech Talent, Ammann Says
Detroit automakers yoked by a Rust Belt industrial stereotype historically have struggled to land new graduates, such as the rare data scientists who find Silicon Valley more appealing.
GM Outlook Positive, But New Truck Launch Costly
CFO Chuck Stevens says the truck launch will increase GM’s capital spending to the $8.5 billion range, which is in line with the elevated investment of recent years.
Nissan’s Munoz Forecasts Stable 2018 Sales
“We are pleased to see that the U.S. economy is quite strong, all the fundamentals are there, so we are betting on a stable market around 16.9 million or 17 million units,” the executive tells WardsAuto.
Schaeffler Sticks to Its Guns Amid Mobility Uproar
Schaeffler, an industrial company with €14 billion in annual sales, instead will continue to focus on hardware, CEO Klaus Rosenfeld says.
New Chevy Silverado Display of GM’s Power, Barra Says
While the automaker has yet to sell an autonomous vehicle, the Silverado accounted for 585,864 deliveries in 2017. It is GM’s best-selling vehicle and a goose that has been laying golden eggs for the automaker for 100 years.
2018 Winner: Infiniti Q50 3.0L Twin Turbo DOHC V-6
The VR V-6 knocks out zero-to-60 in less than five seconds, never seems at a loss for extra punch at highway speeds and its responsive throttle repeatedly brought out the mischievous child in WardsAuto judges.
2018 Winner: Chrysler Pacifica 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 eHybrid 5
The heart and soul of the industry’s only hybrid minivan is a Fiat Chrysler propulsion system mating the automaker’s stellar 3.6L Pentastar V-6 with an FCA-developed dual-motor, electrically variable transmission.
GM’s Marketplace Not Distracting, VP Says 2
Phil Brook also reports the redesigned Buick Enclave and Enclave Avenir are off to a promising start. The 7-passenger luxury crossovers launched last month.
Aptiv, Formerly Delphi, Eyes Mobility’s Big Prize
The supplier officially launched Dec. 5 with Kevin Clark, president and CEO of Aptiv, saying the company has an opportunity to play a large role in an industry’s transformation underpinned by the promise of autonomous vehicles.
Forecast Improves for GM’s Snowplow Business
A 19% hike in torque to a peak 910 lb.-ft. brings a new level of plowing capability to the automaker’s lineup of heavy-duty pickups and a chance to challenge longtime market leader Ford.
Extra Hot or Extra Shot? GM Offers In-Car Shopping
The automaker says the technology adheres to federal distracted driving guidelines and only works with customer consent because personal data is transferred between the vehicle and merchants to complete sales.
GM Sales Pause Ahead of Expected Year-End Frenzy
The Detroit automaker delivered 245,387 cars and trucks last month, according to WardsAuto data, compared with 252,603 in the same period last year.
GM Targets 2019 for Mass AV Deployment
GM President Dan Ammann says if GM continues to at its current rate of AV development, it will meet the target and does not see regulatory walls potentially blocking its progress.
’18 Buick Enclave Feast for American Tastes
The 7-passenger Enclave is Buick’s golden-roasted turkey, a feast for the eyes and as satisfying to the palate of today’s car buyers as anything on the table.

Mar 8, 2018

Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5L Atkinson 4-Cyl. – 2018 Award Acceptance

Masashi Hakariya, project manager-engine development at Toyota, accepts award for Toyota Camry Hybrid at 2018 Wards 10 Best Engines ceremony....More


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