James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

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GM Building Homes, Rebuilding Supplier Relations
Historically, purchasing chief Grace Lieblein says, GM and its suppliers rarely met face-to-face, and usually in the sterile confines of a conference room to talk contracts or performance.
New Cadillac Flagship Named CT6 3
Going forward, all car models will use the “CT” lettering and a number “indicating the relative size and position of the cars in the hierarchy of Cadillac models,” GM says.
GM Confirms Range-Topping Cadillac, Bows Early Next Year
GM will build the 4-door Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck, MI, assembly plant, where it recently invested $384 million in tools and equipment for the car.
Composite Suspension Underpins Sanluis Rassini Racing Venture
Together with PPG Fiber Glass and Polystrand, Sanluis Rassini will invest $5 million to support an entry in the Grand Touring Lite classification of the Sports Car Club of America.
Early Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Demand Prompts Output Hike
GM’s dealers have taken 30,000 orders for the Colorado, a “very high” number at such an early stage, the automaker says.
GM Attorney Says 19 Deaths Linked to Defective Ignition Switch
The automaker earlier linked the ignition-switch, which was installed on 2.6 million small cars and CUVs between 2003 and 2010, to 13 deaths and 54 crashes.
O’Neal to Step Down at Delphi As Supplier Turns Corner
The global parts maker elevates Chief Financial Officer Kevin Clark to chief operating officer and CEO-in-waiting. Clark joined the supplier as CFO in 2010.
LT4 Puts ‘Brutal’ Power Behind Corvette Z06 3
Jordan Lee, chief engineer for the small-block V-8 at GM, says the LT4 crushes the performance benchmark set by the LS9. “The LT4 makes the ZR1 feel sluggish,” he says.
Delphi Takes Back Seat in Autonomous Driving Debate
Delphi already provides vision and radar systems, such as lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control, that warn drivers of a threat. Its V2V technology goes a step further.
GM to Add V2V, Autonomous-Driving Technologies to ’17 Cadillacs
In a speech Sunday opening a week-long Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress, GM CEO Mary Barra says V2V and Super Cruise autonomous technology contain authentic market and societal benefits.
GM’s August Sales Steady, Sees Market Strength Ahead
The automaker cites a brisk month for truck sales at Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac, where newly released large pickups and SUVs appear to be gaining traction in the market.
Ford VP Joe Hinrichs Says Two Shifts to Satisfy Mustang Demand
The executive does not offer hints of another product beyond the coming Mustang convertible to max out capacity.“Let’s celebrate Mustang today,” he says.
’15 Ford Mustang Gallops Out of Flat Rock Assembly
Output of the latest Mustang comes on the heels of a $555 million investment at Flat Rock to accommodate the car’s redesign.
GM Confirms Cadillac SRX for Spring Hill, Adds Engine Investment to Site
GM previously announced plans to inject $350 million into the former Saturn complex to build the SRX and a second “midsize CUV,” which WardsAuto forecasts as the next GMC Acadia.
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