James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Toyota’s January Sales Sizzle
Toyota delivered 169,194 cars, trucks and CUVs in January, compared with 146,365 in like-2014, according to WardsAuto data.
GM’s U.S. Sales Spike in January
Trucks and CUVs carried the day for GM last month. The automaker says pickup deliveries surged, driven up by 8,000 sales of its redesigned Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
GM Tooling Up CVT for Fuel-Economy Play 2
Details on GM’s CVT are limited, but sources tell WardsAuto it will find its way into several “high-volume” products by 2019, including models in the U.S.
GM’s Batey on Mergers: Thanks, But No Thanks
Alan Batey says he hopes to capitalize on the new strength he sees between GM and its dealers after last year’s recall crisis brought the sometimes adversaries closer together.
GM’s Reuss Sees Hydrogen Fuel Cell Use Beyond Autos
“Our stack could be used in a lot of different ways,” he says of the fuel-cell technology, which in its second generation is half the size, 220 lbs. lighter and uses less than half the precious metal.
Cadillac’s de Nysschen: $12 Billion to Unit Over Five Years 1
While Cadillac’s president sees a need to address a product gap below the ATS compact sports sedan with a vehicles the size of the Audi A3 or BMW 1-Series, he suggests the top of the market will draw attention first.
GM CEO Barra Bets Big on Chevy Bolt 3
“It’s a concept vehicle,” Barra warns. “But if it is going to fit the equation that customers are looking for then, yes,” it will cost $30,000.
’16 Chevy Volt to Make 50 Miles All-Electric Range
The added all-electric range pushes the new Volt’s combined traveling distance to 420 miles from 380 miles currently. Fuel economy from the 1.5L gasoline range-extender engine rises to 41 mpg from 37 mpg.
GM CEO Barra Calls Buick Avenir Hint to Future of Brand
“You’ll see a lot of cues from the Avenir in products as we go forward,” GM CEO Mary Barra says.
Widely Anticipated Buick Cascada Bows in Detroit
The Cascada has been expected to join the Buick lineup since it launched as an Opel at the 2013 Paris auto show.
GM CEO Barra Sees Automaker Moving in ‘Positive Direction’
The chief executive also stands by GM’s 2-year-old outlook for profitability in Europe by 2016, despite a year-end meltdown to the Russian market on the collapse of the ruble.
As Optimism of 2014 Fades, Europe Retrenches for 2015
A year that began with great optimism soured as months wore on, with sales deflating from a relatively robust 1.6 million units in March to a meager 739,263 in August, according to WardsAuto data.
GM’s U.S. Sales Close Out 2014 on High Note
GM delivered 274,483 vehicles last month, compared with 230,157 units year-ago, according to WardsAuto data. The automaker sold a total 2.9 million vehicles last year, up 5.3% over 2.8 million in 2013.
GM Reveals Investment in Fuel-Saving Powertrain Startup
According to Tula Technology testing, DSF has shown a fuel-efficiency improvement of up to 15% in a multi-cylinder engine compared with an engine without cylinder deactivation.
’16 Cadillac CTS-V Takes Square Aim at German Rivals
The Cadillac CTS-V, which will arrive at U.S. dealers in late summer, makes a prodigious 640 hp and 630 lb.-ft. (855 Nm) of torque. It has a top speed of 200 mph.
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