James M. Amend

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

GM CEO Barra Returns to Washington Amid More Recalls
The chief executive’s visit will give lawmakers an opportunity to pursue answers to questions Barra could not provide in April, when she often cited an internal investigation the automaker expected would deliver complete findings.
GM Removed ‘Restraints’ for Exotic-Killer Chevy Camaro Z/28 4
Engineers were encouraged to tap into the latest lightweight and performance technologies, and if a vehicle feature kept the car from going faster and was not required by law, it was stripped out.
GM Pledges to Fix Safety ‘Failures,’ But Questions Remain
It is unclear whether a key factor in the vehicle-development process, uncovering a connection between the defective ignition switch and airbag failures, may exist with parts in other GM vehicles on the road today.
GM’s Barra to Deliver Recall Update; Investigation Findings Expected
The chief executive will speak to GM employees from the automaker’s Warren, MI, technical center via a global broadcast tomorrow. GM will not comment on content of the event, beyond calling it an update on the recall.
Electric, Natural Gas Infrastructure Dilemma Persists
In the case of battery-electric vehicles, experts see the ramp-up of public charging stations as particularly sluggish. “Bottom line, all the talk about public charging isn’t happening,” says GM’s Britta Gross.
GM May Sales Rise 8.4% Despite Corporate Recall Mess
GM says May marked its best sales month since August 2008 and it expects a market share increase over May 2013, when it grabbed 17.6% of U.S. sales.
Follow Road to Asia, Smaller Connected Cars or Perish, Visteon CEO Says 
Tim Leuliette says some of the biggest OEMs no longer wield the dominant position they did just a few years ago and the power of influence has shifted from the U.S. to Asia.
GM Releases Tally of Year-to-Date Recalls
The document marks an unusual step, but a spokesman says given the recall activity this year GM felt compelled to publish an accurate list it will update regularly.
Notion of Luxury Evolves As More Vehicles Gain Premium Pieces
Makers of all premium goods are looking to the crafts of a particular region and adding those elements to heighten the uniqueness and desirability of their product, experts say.
GM Interiors Gain Greater Priority, Design Chief Welburn Says
GM interiors also have been boosted by investments in the automaker’s global design organization, the executive says, citing a groundbreaking global concept car created for the recent New Delhi auto show.
GM Shelves Plan for Large Cadillac CUV  1
WardsAuto sources say the large Cadillac CUV was slated to arrive in 2017 as an ’18 model. Persisting fears it might overlap with the popular Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia contributed to its cancellation.
New GM Recall Targets Millions of Large CUVs, Midsize Cars
The automaker also doubles a charge it planned to take in the second quarter related to earlier recalls to $400 million. It took a $1.3 billion reduction to its first-quarter earnings related to recall costs.
After Years of Ferrying VIPs, Cadillac Escalade Finally Arrives 2
Nowhere is the transformation more apparent than inside. A person could step out of any one of the latest Cadillacs and into the Escalade and know they all come from the same lineage.
NHTSA Slaps GM With $35 Million Fine Over Recall
NHTSA additionally expects GM to complete production of enough redesigned ignition switches to fix each of the 2.2 million Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles caught in the recall by October 4.
GM Issues Additional Safety Recalls; Puts Cost at $200 Million
GM says the callbacks reflect a new emphasis on safety at the automaker, where safety recalls this year have reached double digits and affect more than 11 million vehicles.
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