James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

GM Juices Up Chevy Silverado for Sizzling Truck Market
The quick update to the truck comes on the heels of the launch of the redesigned ’15 Ford F-150, the best-selling vehicle in the land and the Silverado’s No.1 rival.
Redesigned Buick LaCrosse to Bow in Los Angeles
The 5-passenger sedan, which was last fully redone in in 2009 as a ’10 model and updated in ’14, will receive a grille treatment inspired by the Avenir concept.
Volkswagen Scandal Puts Regulators on High Alert 1
“Question assumptions,” NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind says. “They tell you one thing, you question it. We’re questioning everything now.”
European Automakers Juggle CO2, Driver Data Obligations
Speaking on the topic of future emissions regulations, ACEA President Carlos Ghosn appeals for an integrated strategy involving all CO2 emitters.
Renault-Nissan CEO Ghosn Says Consolidation Inevitable
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, unveiling the new Megane in Frankfurt, says, “Consolidation is a fact in our industry.”
Opel’s Neumann Optimistic Despite Europe’s Reticence
“The European market has grown, but slowly,” Neumann tells WardsAuto at the Frankfurt auto show. “We thought it would grow more. There is always something, and this time it is Russia.”
Conti’s Degenhart Says China Weak But Not for Long
The chief executive says Continental will base its China business on expectations of 24 million-25 million units of light-vehicle production this year. Over time, he says, it will grow to 30 million.
Cadillac XT5 Breaks Out
The '17 XT5 will replace the SRX, the best-selling vehicle for the General Motors luxury division.
Rolls-Royce Pulls Cover Off Dawn Drophead
The hand-built car will cost $325,000, a conservative estimate from the company since most customers will add thousands of dollars of bespoke options.
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.

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