James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles
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.
Advanced Safety, Creature Features Story of New Hyundai Genesis 1
One interesting omission from the ’15 Genesis is an all-wheel-drive option for V-8 models. Stay tuned for a potential performance model with AWD in the next couple of years.
GM Flexes Global Muscle for Ecotec Engine Program
No fewer than 300 engineers from GM development centers in four countries collaborated on the project, which will result in 11 small 3-cyl. and 4-cyl. gasoline engines.
GM Seeing Windfall From New Large SUVs, Exec Says 
On the large-pickup side of business, marketing exec Rick Scheidt says the automaker is “over the hump” in terms of building an inventory with a sufficient selection of body styles and powertrain options.
Adam Fresh, Not Altogether Perfect Offer From Recovering Opel
The Adam has been central to moving Opel forward and dealers have filled more than 80,000 orders since it launched. But does it live up to the hype? Yes, for the most part.
Opel Adam in Switzerland
If regular cross-country jaunts are in the books there might be wiser choices than the Opel Adam, but few better for the city and probably none more fashionable.
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