James M. Amend

M. Amend
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James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

GM CEO Barra Sees Automaker Moving in ‘Positive Direction’
The chief executive also stands by GM’s 2-year-old outlook for profitability in Europe by 2016, despite a year-end meltdown to the Russian market on the collapse of the ruble.
As Optimism of 2014 Fades, Europe Retrenches for 2015
A year that began with great optimism soured as months wore on, with sales deflating from a relatively robust 1.6 million units in March to a meager 739,263 in August, according to WardsAuto data.
GM’s U.S. Sales Close Out 2014 on High Note
GM delivered 274,483 vehicles last month, compared with 230,157 units year-ago, according to WardsAuto data. The automaker sold a total 2.9 million vehicles last year, up 5.3% over 2.8 million in 2013.
GM Reveals Investment in Fuel-Saving Powertrain Startup
According to Tula Technology testing, DSF has shown a fuel-efficiency improvement of up to 15% in a multi-cylinder engine compared with an engine without cylinder deactivation.
’16 Cadillac CTS-V Takes Square Aim at German Rivals
The Cadillac CTS-V, which will arrive at U.S. dealers in late summer, makes a prodigious 640 hp and 630 lb.-ft. (855 Nm) of torque. It has a top speed of 200 mph.
Cadillac CT6 Interior Rearview Mirror to Stream Video
GM claims the mirror improves the driver’s field of vision by an estimated 300%, or roughly four times greater than a standard rearview mirror.
UAW Chief Pledges to Narrow 2-Tier Wage Gap
Dennis Williams does not seem convinced complete wage parity will occur, as he talks about “bridging” the gap between the two levels and stresses that the automakers must continue to be successful.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Next Chip in CO2 Credit Game
In 2017, California’s emissions rules will change and FCVs will carry the traveling credits automakers use to remain 50-state compliant. The rule change could lead to a shift in OEM capital investment.
Chevy Colorado ZR2 Concept Hint of Possible Off-Roader
The pickup boasts a stance 4.0 ins. wider than a production Colorado Z71 for better stability, and exhibits the 2.8L 4-cyl. Duramax turbodiesel engine coming to the Colorado and GMC Canyon next year
Hotly Anticipated Cadillac ATS-V Bows
The ATS-V brandishes a 455-hp twin-turbo 3.6L V-6 spinning out 445 lb.-ft. (603 Nm) of torque. The engine mates to either a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic.
Lumpy Month Leaves GM’s October U.S. Sales Flat
The newly redesigned Chevy Silverado saw sales rise 10.1% to 46,966, and deliveries of the GMC Sierra increased 12.5% to 18,564. However, GM’s stable of large SUVs witnessed a surprisingly bumpy month.
GM Earmarks $63 Million for Michigan Assembly Plant
The plant’s general assembly area will add 28,000 sq.-ft. and the body shop will take on another 181,000 sq.-ft. The paint shop will grow by 54,000 sq.-ft.
Barra Wants Greater Competitive Tenacity From GM 2
“Across the board, we need to be a fierce competitor and I think that is a positive thing,” the chief executive tells WardsAuto.
Ford’s Fields Bullish on F-150 Launch, Tesla Model S Competitor
“We have driven the Model S,” the chief executive says. “We’ve torn it down, we’ve put it back together (and) we drove it again. (We’re) very familiar with that product.”
GM CEO Barra ‘Stepping Up’ Outreach to Owners of Recalled Vehicles
The executive also shares news about GM’s progress rehabilitating its European operations, including the strategy for a depressed Russian market, and the automaker’s ambitions for the Cadillac brand
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