James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Toyota Calls C-HR Concept Next Step in Design, Driving Revival
“This concept is the synthesis of more than 20 years of Toyota creativity,” says Karl Schlicht, executive vice president-Sales at Toyota Europe.
GM Truck Marketers Not Fretting Rival Redesigns
Duncan Allred, vice president-Sales and Marketing at GMC, hopes a Canyon Denali will be in the cards. An upscale treatment to the pickup in the future would provide a boost against fresher competition.
Fifth-Generation Opel Corsa Takes Leap Forward
Given its expected sales volumes, the car should play a key role in turning around Opel’s flagging financial results, which GM CEO Mary Barra today said will finish in the black in 2016 for the first time in 15 years.
Chevy Volt Teaser Leaves Much to Imagination
The image is the second Volt teaser from GM. In August, Global Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney showed a glimpse of the rear of the car, but he was short on details. There is no shortage of speculation, however.
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GM Building Homes, Rebuilding Supplier Relations
Historically, purchasing chief Grace Lieblein says, GM and its suppliers rarely met face-to-face, and usually in the sterile confines of a conference room to talk contracts or performance.
New Cadillac Flagship Named CT6 3
Going forward, all car models will use the “CT” lettering and a number “indicating the relative size and position of the cars in the hierarchy of Cadillac models,” GM says.
GM Confirms Range-Topping Cadillac, Bows Early Next Year
GM will build the 4-door Cadillac at its Detroit-Hamtramck, MI, assembly plant, where it recently invested $384 million in tools and equipment for the car.
Composite Suspension Underpins Sanluis Rassini Racing Venture
Together with PPG Fiber Glass and Polystrand, Sanluis Rassini will invest $5 million to support an entry in the Grand Touring Lite classification of the Sports Car Club of America.
Early Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Demand Prompts Output Hike
GM’s dealers have taken 30,000 orders for the Colorado, a “very high” number at such an early stage, the automaker says.
GM Attorney Says 19 Deaths Linked to Defective Ignition Switch
The automaker earlier linked the ignition-switch, which was installed on 2.6 million small cars and CUVs between 2003 and 2010, to 13 deaths and 54 crashes.
O’Neal to Step Down at Delphi As Supplier Turns Corner
The global parts maker elevates Chief Financial Officer Kevin Clark to chief operating officer and CEO-in-waiting. Clark joined the supplier as CFO in 2010.
LT4 Puts ‘Brutal’ Power Behind Corvette Z06 3
Jordan Lee, chief engineer for the small-block V-8 at GM, says the LT4 crushes the performance benchmark set by the LS9. “The LT4 makes the ZR1 feel sluggish,” he says.
Delphi Takes Back Seat in Autonomous Driving Debate
Delphi already provides vision and radar systems, such as lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control, that warn drivers of a threat. Its V2V technology goes a step further.
GM to Add V2V, Autonomous-Driving Technologies to ’17 Cadillacs
In a speech Sunday opening a week-long Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress, GM CEO Mary Barra says V2V and Super Cruise autonomous technology contain authentic market and societal benefits.
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