James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

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.
Cruze Hatch Makes Chevy Feel So Young
The kicker is the 47.2 cu. ins. of available cargo space with the rear seats folded, providing the versatility younger, active people like.
Fab Four Intend to Put Hop in Cadillac’s Step 5
Each marketing group leader boasts “functional expertise,” as Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen says, bringing “fresh eyes, new ideas and new perspectives.”
Buick Surprises Again With Avista Concept Car 2
“The brand is in a position now where it can afford this kind of really strong statement from a design and styling perspective,” GM President Dan Ammann says.
Chevy Bolt to Spark GM’s Urban Sales, CEO Barra Says
The Bolt also soon could see duty in ride-sharing, another alternative and predominately urban mobility segment where GM recently has dipped its beak.
The Displacement Game: How Low Can You Go?
Looking ahead to the 2017 Wards 10 Best Engines competition, another crop of little giants will be in the field, including a 1.6L 4-cyl. turbo from General Motors.
GM: Pump Prices No Pitfall for Chevy Malibu Hybrid 1
The popularity of hybrids has dipped alongside pump prices, slumping 17.4% so far this year to 345,739 from 418,551, WardsAuto data shows.
Redesigned ’17 Buick LaCrosse Steps Out in L.A.
The heart of the new LaCrosse, available next summer in the U.S., is an all-new powertrain: a 3.6L gasoline direct injection V-6 and 8-speed automatic transmission with shift-by-wire.
’16 Chevy Camaro Runs With New Crowd, Sort Of 1
GM extinguishes the dinosaur that typified the last-generation model of the bow-tie sports coupe. A sixth go-round of the Camaro produces a lighter, faster, more refined and, dare we say, sophisticated animal.


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