James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

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.
Global Platforms Drive GM's $1 Billion Tech Center Investment
The investment follows a recent move by GM to consolidate advanced design and engineering work in Southeast Michigan as the automaker shifts to global vehicle platform architectures.
’16 Cadillac ATS-V: What You See Is What You Get
The ATS-V is so thoroughly enjoyable we’re half-tempted to tell leadership at the General Motors luxury division to stop here.
Interior Technology Boom Poses Satisfaction, Safety Questions
The industry already has seen failures, too. In a bid to get the latest connectivity technologies into the market, there have been stumbles as consumers were slow to master them.
V-Series Line Key Element of Cadillac’s Comeback Bid
“The V-Series has been, and will continue to be, the ultimate expression of design capability and engineering at Cadillac,” Cadillac Product Manager Hamden Tener says.
GM’s Barra Says Automaker Upping U.S. Product Cadence
The increased activity comes on the heels of GM’s decision last year to increase overall capital spending 20%, an outlay hike in new-product spending that puts it on par with other leading global OEMs.
GM Marks 500 Millionth Build, Plans Customer Givebacks
GM celebrates the milestone today at its Fairfax, KS, assembly plant, where GM CEO Mary Barra and GM North America President Alan Batey announce a $174 million investment in the facility.
Trucks, CUVs Keep GM Metal Moving in April
GM dealers delivered 269,056 light vehicles last month, compared with 254,076 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
GM Details $5.4 Billion of U.S. Facility Investments
The investment, which GM North America President Alan Batey details at the automaker’s Pontiac, MI, Metal Center, also comes ahead of pivotal UAW contract negotiations this summer.
GMC Canyon Delivers Repeat Win for GM’s Truck Brand
GM has committed millions of marketing dollars to GMC this year, hoping to build awareness of the brand. After two 10 Best Interiors awards in two years, GMC certainly has our attention.
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