James M. Amend

Associate Editor
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles by James M. Amend
Ford Rides Strong March Closing to 7% Sales Uptick
Ford sold 238,672 vehicles last month, compared with 231,576 in like-2013, according to WardsAuto data, and says improving economic indicators bode well for second quarter deliveries.
GM to Issue Another Recall; 6.1 Million Vehicles Now Implicated
The latest recall comes on the heels of a highly publicized campaign calling back 2.6 million Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn small cars and CUVs for faulty ignition switches.
GM CEO Mary Barra’s Apology, Opening Remarks to U.S House Panel
The executive’s testimony will include an apology to the families of the victims who were killed or injured because the part malfunctioned.
New GM Recall Addresses Trucks; Dealers Selling Chevy Cruze Again
Dealers can resume selling Cruze after performing an inspection or necessary repairs to the right front axle shaft, the automaker says.
GM Halts Sale of Chevy Cruze, Recalls Cadillac ELR for Fix
As of mid-day Friday no details on the Cruze stop-sale in the U.S. were available, and GM would not say whether it was related to massive ignition-switch recall currently under way.
GM Adds Product to Opel Facilities, Will Pull German Brand From China
Discontinuing Opel in China would eliminate the risk of the two brands competing for the same customer. GM says its 22 Opel dealers in China sold 4,365 vehicles last year, whereas Buick sold 810,000 vehicles from its 650 stores.
History Suggests GM Recall Unlikely to Sink Sales 
For Toyota and Ford, U.S. market-share losses were relatively small and short-lived during their highly publicized recalls in 2010 and 2000, respectively.
Geneva’s Glamour Belies Region Still Shackled by Economic Crisis 
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne warns that the disintegration of sales since 2007 equates to the loss of nearly 12 assembly plants. European automakers, however, have not rebalanced manufacturing capacity.
New Ecotecs ‘Huge Piece' of Engine-Consolidation Effort, GM VP Says 
The small-engine family will put GM’s U.S. fleet well on course to meeting 2017 fuel-economy and emissions regulations. “This positions us very well,” GM Powertrain chief Steve Kiefer says.
GM's New Ecotec Family
GM's new Ecotec family of small gasoline engines range in displacement from 1.0L to 1.5L and come in 3-cyl. and 4-cyl. varieties, with both turbocharged and naturally aspirated induction technologies.
GM Sets Big Expectations for Pint-Sized Engine Family
The new Ecotec portfolio includes 11 engines with 3- and 4-cyl. variants ranging in displacement between 1.0L and 1.5L.
2014 Geneva Auto Show: View From the Floor II
Additional new model introductions and more from the floor of the 2014 Geneva auto show.
GM’s Opel Plan Now May Include Entry-Level Push
As recently as last year, the plan was to push Opel up-market as a more expensive alternative to the value-oriented Chevrolet brand. But in December GM chose to pull the plug on Chevrolet in the region.
Geely’s Volvo Investment Long-Term Play, Top Exec Says
Geely’s top executive in Sweden counters some Western notions of the automaker as a stereotypical Chinese investor seeking intellectual property for use back in Asia.
GM’s Delicate Image Takes Back Seat in Recall
GM President Dan Ammann declines to say whether the recall will create a headwind for the automaker as it continues to polish its image after a 2009 taxpayer-backed bankruptcy.
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