James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

’16 Chevy Malibu Modern Family 4-Door
After several years of missteps for a long list of both objective and subjective reasons, the second-best selling Chevy car rights the wrongs of the recent past and hits all the high notes.
GM’s February U.S. Sales Soften
The Detroit automaker’s daily sales fell 1.5% in February to 227,825 units from 231,378 cars trucks and CUVs in like-2015, according to WardsAuto data.
Surging Trucks Prompt $148M GM Engine Investment
A rebounding economy and low gasoline prices have fueled truck sales in the U.S., sending overall demand up 12.7% last year to 9.9 million units, according to WardsAuto data.
GM Powertrain Name Change Sets Precedence
The switch to GM Global Propulsion Systems exemplifies an industry undergoing tremendous transformation, driven by heightened regulatory demands and a splintering of traditional vehicle segments.
GM Says FCEVs Developing Too Quickly for Production
The automaker has reservations about launching a production FCEV without a robust public refueling infrastructure. But do not mistake reluctance for complacency, GM’s fuel-cell chief says.
Chicago Intros Speed Chevy’s Momentum Swing
Chevy sales last year in the U.S. expanded 4.5% to 2.1 million units from 2.0 million in 2014, but the brand’s overall share of the U.S. light-vehicle market contracted to 12.2% from 12.4%.
GM Scratches Out More Midsize Pickup Capacity 1
The output hike will make a difference in the market, executives say, because it is not simply an increase in line speed. The automaker has added hard tooling to the assembly line.
New Mobility Modes Won’t Water Down Powertrains
A rapidly evolving customer base, combined with tightening global efficiency standards, has industry engineers determining the next decade’s powertrain mix today, GM’s propulsion chief say.
New GM Powertrain Facility to Speed Engine Tech Transfer
The GM Powertrain Performance and Racing Center is connected to the automaker’s global powertrain engineering center and consolidates competitive engine builders with production engineers.
OEM-Backed Startup Deploys New Catalyst Technology
SDCmaterials, a 12-year-old Tempe, AZ-based company, will supply its catalytic formulation to Car Sound, a manufacturer of catalysts and catalytic converters for the aftermarket.
Maven Positions GM to Draft Car-Sharing Blueprint
Maven launches this week in Ann Arbor, MI, a 100,000-resident city outside of Detroit and home of the University of Michigan. Faculty and students initially will be the focus of the service.
Avista Buzz Builds Business Case, Buick Chief Says
The Avista is not the first concept car to generate build-it-now buzz. In fact, it is not even the first from Buick in recent years to make such an impression.
Buick Avista Concept Car
Buick Avista concept car easily one of the North American International Auto Show’s most buzzworthy introductions.
Cadillac Not Backing Off Diesel
Brand chief Johan de Nysschen also likes the idea of a fuel-cell electric vehicle at Cadillac, which he wants to reposition as the industry leader in emerging technology.
Smaller, More Efficient GMC Acadia Bows
The downsizing could draw more buyers to a model that last year delivered a record 96,393 units and commanded 24.2% of the Large CUV segment, according to WardsAuto data.


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