James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Jaguar Downshifts U.S. Pricing Strategy, Plans Marketing Push
Next year’s introduction of two all-new compact products, the ’17 XE sedan and F-Pace CUV, and a refresh of the brand’s three existing models will usher the pricing strategy to market.
Pickups, One Fewer Selling Day Save GM’s August Sales
GM sold 270,480 cars, trucks and CUVs last month, compared with 272,423 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
GM Assigns Compact Opel Astra Sizable Task
To underscore the importance of the new Astra to Opel’s fortunes, General Motors CEO Mary Barra is expected to join Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann for its premiere at the Frankfurt auto show.
Audi Unveiling 310-Mile EV Concept at Frankfurt
The Audi e-tron Quattro concept builds on drivetrain technology from the Audi R8 e-tron, an electrically driven sports car from the German automaker on sale this year in limited quantities.
’16 Cadillac CTS-V Express Jet for Street, Track
A 640-hp 6.2L supercharged LT4 V-8 spins up so quickly and pins its passengers into their seats so firmly you’d expect to hear, “flight attendants, prepare for departure,” before taking off.
Powertrain Tech Boom Coming But Consumers Unprepared, Experts Say
The knowledge gap already could be affecting sales of advanced-technology vehicles, which last year accounted for 3.5% of the nearly 17 million cars and trucks sold in the U.S., according to WardsAuto data.
Chevrolet to Step It Up in Emerging Markets With New Vehicle Family
The new platform is part of GM’s architecture consolidation program first announced in October that calls for the launch of four new global architectures between 2020 and 2025 that will cover the bulk of the automaker’s lineup.
Success or Failure, Cadillac in Firm Charge of Destiny 2
“Logically, Cadillac is not disconnected from GM,” the longtime luxury executive says. “The way we want to organize the business in the future is that Cadillac will own the entire process, all the things that touch Cadillac.”
GM Eyed U.S. From Inception of ‘Whisper Diesel’ 2
The all-new 1.6L turbodiesel earned plaudits from the European motoring press shortly after it began rolling out last year. It launches in the U.S. in 2017.
GM: $1.4 Billion Makes Texas SUV Plant More Competitive
The investment brings GM’s recent expenditures at the 60-year-old Arlington facility to $2 billion.
UAW-GM Talks Unfold Amid Hefty Profits, Strike Threat
The talks play out under starkly different circumstances than previous bargaining sessions because for the first time in more than a decade GM boasts a strong balance sheet, record profitability and a competitive product portfolio.
UAW, Detroit Three Seen Crafting Transitional Contract
The summer’s negotiations will play out under external conditions not witnessed in decades. The companies are healthier than ever, and the UAW has the legal right to strike.
Ford’s June Sales Dip; F-Series Output Hits Intended Levels
Ford delivered 220,704 vehicles last month, compared with 217,509 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
GM’s June Sales Slip on Weak Car Demand, Rental Activity
The Detroit automaker sold 259,353 vehicles last month, compared with 267,461 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
Redesigned ’16 Chevy Cruze Geared for Global Stage
“We’ve optimized Chevrolet on a global scale,” GM North America President Alan Batey tells WardsAuto. “This is a demonstration of that.”
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