James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Voice Recognition Expert Nuance Opens Detroit Lab
Burlington, MA-based Nuance says its Drive Lab will be an R&D hub tasked with developing technology that will provide drivers with safer, smarter and more satisfying user experiences.
Strike May Soon Pinch Chevy Equinox Supplies
The Equinox is the second-best-selling vehicle at GM behind the Chevy Silverado large pickup and 10th-best-selling vehicle in the U.S., car or truck.
USDOT Lightens Autonomous-Vehicles Guidelines
The guidance clears the way for automakers and suppliers to test autonomous systems on the open road without obtaining regulatory permission and clarifies the role of federal and state bodies.
Maven Earning Its Way Early, GM VP Says
Julia Steyn, vice president-Urban Mobility and Maven at GM, stops short of providing detailed financial figures, but says, “Every dollar GM invests in Maven it gets a return on.”
GM Sees EVs Going Mainstream, But Federal Credits Drying Up
“We are near the tipping point for mainstream adoption,” says Darin Gesse, product manager for the Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric vehicle.
GM’s August Sales Withstand Hurricane Harvey
The Detroit automaker delivered 275,552 light vehicles last month, compared with 256,429 during the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
GM Banks On Broader Appeal for '18 GMC Terrain
Newly minted Buick-GMC Vice President of Marketing Phil Brook sees the CUV trend accelerating despite softening of U.S. market overall and, likewise, creating a big opportunity for the redesigned Terrain.
Bosch Mulls Battery Cell Production, Seeks Electrified Future 1
Stuttgart, Germany-based Bosch already supplies battery systems, including motors and inverters, to more than 30 projects by global vehicle manufacturers such as Porsche and Fiat.
Delphi Raises Autonomy Bet With Stake in Lidar Startup
Delphi expects to integrate Innoviz Lidar sensing equipment and software with its systems to provide automakers with a wide range of autonomous systems technologies capable of operation at high speeds.
GM’s Barra Escapes Dilemma of Trump Council 6
Barra served on the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, providing the president with insight on matters such as tax, trade, regulations and the complexities of running a global business in the U.S.
Cadillac Super Cruise Superb Step Toward Autonomy
The driver can pull his hands from the wheel, peek out the window here and there and let adaptive cruise control manage the following distance of cars ahead.
GM Sales Feel Pinch of Go-to-Market Strategy 4
GM dealers sold 226,107 light vehicles last month compared with 267,258 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
Bosch Putting Brains Behind Autonomous Driving
The supplier intends to be a leader in the segment by creating a brain for autonomous vehicles capable of collecting and processing three times as much information per second as the human brain.
GM’s Barra: Flexibility Answer to Waning Car Demand
The automaker’s chief executive does not elaborate on the efficiency of GM’s car architectures, but the automaker in recent years has engineered them so body styles could switched relatively easily and inexpensively.
Bosch Still Likes Diesel, Plays Long Game on EVs 1
Longtime Bosch ICE technology executive Rolf Bulander, who now heads the supplier’s mobility services business, has a word of advice for OEMs looking to add plugs to their products: Go small.

Jan 18, 2018

2018 Wards 10 Best Engines Editorial Roundtable Part 2

WardsAuto editors discuss some of the 22 nominees that did not make the cut in this year's Wards 10 Best Engines competition....More


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