James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

’17 Nissan Rogue Sport: Beard Preener’s Crossover 1
The Rogue Sport occupies the fastest-growing segment of a CUV-crazy market where city-centric Millennial buyers want small crossovers with interior versatility and all-wheel-drive capability.
GM Says Its Future Mobility Pieces Installed
Key elements of future mobility at GM include Cruise Automation, connectivity, new ventures in shared transportation and autonomous Chevy Bolts under testing.
GM Shoots for Sustainable Tire Sourcing
GM purchases an estimated 49 million tires annually and believes sourcing them sustainably has a number of community, business and environmental benefits.
Better Supplier Relations ‘Earned,’ GM’s Kiefer Says
The automaker’s purchasing chief stops short of declaring healthy supplier relations a panacea for poor profitability, as some industry experts suggest.
Let’s Dance: New Land Rover Disco Hits Trailhead
It is just as capable as it was in the previous four generations, but adds even more of the Discovery’s trademark versatility and luxury, as well as new connectivity and a design aimed to broaden its appeal.
Delphi Powertrain Spin-Off About Focus, CEO Says 1
The U.K.-based supplier is positioned as a leader in advanced-safety and autonomous-driving technologies, but the industry still must make efficiency improvements to the internal-combustion engine.
GM CUVs Red Hot in April, Trucks Cool Off
GM dealers delivered 244,406 light vehicles last month, compared with 259,557 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
Yes, That’s a Buick LaCrosse Among Industry’s Best
The new LaCrosse in many ways recalls old-school Buicks. It’s a long, wide sedan like the land yachts of its heyday, so the interior boasts loads of shoulder, leg and hip room.
Nothin’ But Amoré for Alfa Romeo Giulia
WardsAuto editors raved over a design achievement combining sportiness with Italian flair and a rethinking of the central infotainment screen.
Chevy Blazer CUV Expected in 2018
According to a forecast from WardsAuto and its partner AutoForecastSolutions, the 2-row Blazer would use the same platform as the 3-row Traverse.
Auto Industry ‘Where It’s At,’ Executives Say
Change is afoot elsewhere in automotive, led most evidently by the promise of AI. It introduces disruptive elements to the core business, but also can be applied to the adjacencies of finance and workforce management.
’18 Chevy Equinox Plays It Down Middle
The ’18 Equinox is redone from head to tail in a bid to surge ahead of key competitors such as the newly redesigned Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue.
Suppliers in Crosshairs of Elevated Recall Environment
Veteran litigators say in the event of a defect notification from an OEM, suppliers should quickly identify employees involved and lock down communication on the topic.
Surging JLR Wants More, But on Own Terms
But like other foreign automakers selling in the U.S., JLR faces some potential headwinds that could be especially acute for its business.
Jobs Bounce Debated As Trump Promises CAFE Review 6
The president’s rhetoric has presented his administration’s second look at the standards as fulfilling a campaign promise of easing burdensome industry regulations to stimulate job growth.


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