James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

’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.
Kiekert Proposes ‘Smart Doors’ to Eliminate Dings 5
The supplier’s latest iteration of the e-release latch is a first step toward autonomy. NuEntry-Latch eliminates the need for exterior door handles, which reduces weight and locking system complexity.
GM Racing to Raise Inventories of Chevy Equinox
The Detroit automaker lost 850 units of Equinox production daily during the nearly month-long walkout in Ingersoll, ON, Canada, leaving GM with 39,648 units in stock for a 39 days’ supply.
Buick to Get Busy With EVs, Brand Chief Says 1
GM Vice President Duncan Aldred declines to offer specifics about the Buick EV plan but says the strategy will employ a number of electrification plays.
GM’s Crossovers Sizzle, Automaker Predicts Strong Year-End
The Detroit automaker sold 252,813 cars and trucks last month, compared with 258,588 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
Chevy Bolt’s Success Stings Volt Stablemate 5
A sale is a sale, but automakers historically dislike it when one product in the portfolio cannibalizes demand from another, because it can erode profit margins and frustrate marketers and production planners.
GM, Ford Unite to Preserve, Foster Industry Innovation
The Gallery by General Motors will be a flexible exhibit at The Henry Ford and its Museum of American Innovation. It is backed by a $5 million donation to the museum from GM.
Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Makes Going Green Easy, Mostly
The CT6 plug-in is delightful to drive, delivers outstanding fuel economy, and it’s as comfortable and connected as anything on the road.
GM Promises Two New EVs in 18 Months, Plans All-Electric Future
GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra recently said the Detroit automaker sees a future of not just zero emissions, but also zero crashes and zero traffic congestion.
’18 GMC Terrain Prêt-á-Porter Crossover
The 5-passenger CUV arriving at dealers also receives a host of new comfort and convenience items, heightened connectivity and three capable, fuel-efficient engines.
Centennial Pickups Crown Chevy Trucks 100
The ’18 Silverado and Colorado Centennial Editions wear Centennial Blue paint, heritage bowtie emblems exclusive to the two models and 100-year badges inspired by colors and design cues found on early Chevy trucks.
Delphi Names Electronics Unit Aptiv
The spin-off powertrain unit of the U.K.-based parts-making giant is renamed Delphi Technologies.
Fun, Function Foundation of Buick Enclave Avenir UX
The Enclave Avenir is the first expression of the brand’s extra-special trim line and the designation earns buyers a number of UX upgrades, including a colorful, 8-in. diagonal reconfigurable cluster display.
Audi S5 Sportback UX Puts Rivals In Rearview Mirror
The German automaker seizes command of UX just as the industry begins emphasizing a smart, safe and connected interaction with the vehicle.
Delphi: Industry Must Go Digital or Die 1
The future is a smart architecture, or digital platform, where each discreet ECU on the vehicle is centralized into three, or perhaps two or even one, computing systems.

Jan 18, 2018

2018 Wards 10 Best Engines Editorial Roundtable Part 2

WardsAuto editors discuss some of the 22 nominees that did not make the cut in this year's Wards 10 Best Engines competition....More


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