James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles
UAW’s Williams Critical of Mexico’s Rise; Says Contract Strike Possible
Successful talks likely will hinge on the 2-tier wage structure put in place at Detroit Three manufacturing plants in 2007.
Used Chevy Volt Batteries Power Up GM Proving Ground
GM has long touted the secondary-use possibilities for the Volt battery packs, suggesting they be repurposed for duties ranging from emergency residential power to industrial applications.
GM Jumps Back Into Medium-Duty Market
GM’s new low-cab-forward truck lineup will include six models – the Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500 and 5500 HD. The trucks are based on the Isuzu N-Series.
No Detour Ahead for Chevy Marketing, GM’s Batey Says
Chevy sales are up 3.9% against an industry that’s ahead of last year’s pace by 5.8%, according to WardsAuto data. GM’s 4.9% year-to-date sales increase also trails the industry.
GM’s Barra Sees ‘Shifts’ in China; Trucks Propelling U.S.
GM’s annual meeting of shareholders opens under reports of growing pressure to tie up with crosstown rival Fiat Chrysler. Barra reiterates GM is not interested.
BMW’s Girard Says Materials Strategy Brand Specific
More BMW i offerings appear to be in the pipeline, too. Asked if the automaker has plans for models beyond the i3 and i8, Girard answers coyly, “There are a lot of numbers between three and eight.”
GM’s ‘Hot Hand’ Continues With Truck, CUV Sales in May 2
GM dealers delivered 293,097 light vehicles last month, compared to 284,694 in like-2014, according to WardsAuto data.
Mitsubishi Electric Amps Up Infotainment, ANC Offerings
The latest-generation FLEXConnect.IVI system combines swipe and touchscreen technologies and unites longtime-separately functioning screens into a single processor.
GM Confirms $175 Million for Chevy Camaro in Michigan 1
The investment at Lansing Grand River comes on the heels of $2.8 billion in planned U.S. manufacturing facilities expenditures announced by GM in recent weeks.
GM Plans Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Deployment
The automaker says 2.3 billion global smartphone users demanding better integration of the devices into their vehicles drives the addition of the technologies to its products.
GM Plans $1.2 Billion Upgrade to Fort Wayne, IN, Facility
The automaker says planned improvement to the plant include construction of a new paint operation and modernization of the general assembly area.
GM Extending Run of Buick’s Candid Ad Campaign 1
The work, by ad agency Leo Burnett, tries to shed perceptions of Buick associated with out-of-production models and align them with its fresh lineup of premium cars and CUVs.
Chevy Corvette Plant Gets $439 Million Paint Shop
Sprucing up Bowling Green likely indicates GM plans to keep building the Corvette there for many years to come in a future of tightening fuel-economy rules.
GM’s Barra, Reuss See Chevy Camaro Back on Top
A redesigned ’15 Ford Mustang has knocked Camaro from the top spot this year, leading the sales race through April by a margin of 42,995 to 24,229.
’16 Chevy Camaro Bows, Promises ‘Finely Honed Performance’ 2
The sixth-generation redesign witnesses a shift for the Camaro to the sophisticated Alpha platform, and for the first time the sports car will be available with a 4-cyl. engine.
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