James M. Amend

Associate Editor
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles by James M. Amend
McLaren 650S Coupe, Spider Specs Detailed Ahead of Geneva
The cars, under production now at the automaker’s Woking, U.K., factory will cover the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds at 139 mph.
McLaren 650S Gallery
The 650S Coupe and Spider join the P1, 12C and 12C Spider in McLaren’s road-ready lineup.
Mini Clubman Concept Takes Brand’s Design in New Direction
Classic Mini styling elements are less aggressively played up in the concept’s design, as the automaker says it wants to emphasize sophistication and charisma.
Opel Small Cars to Rock Geneva
Among the new powertrains from Opel is a 1.0L 3-cyl. gasoline engine and 6-speed manual gearbox. The engine comes in two output ranges of 90 hp and 115 hp.
Opel at Geneva
Opel shows at Geneva this year a production version of the Adam Rocks small car, which will include an all-new 1.0L 3-cyl. gasoline engine, and the wickedly fast Astra OPC Extreme.
Cadillac Design to Add Dose of Old-Fashioned American Swagger 2
“I’m very passionate about playing up the fact Cadillac is not European, Cadillac is American,” new design chief Andrew Smith tells WardsAuto.
Cadillac's Emotional Lineup
Cadillac design to be simple, emotional and uniquely American, brand's new design chief says.
Nexteer Nabs New Business As EPS Turns Global
Moving the half-ton-truck segment in the U.S. to EPS proves no product is off limits to electric steering. Even three-quarter-ton trucks are ripe for electrification, the supplier says.
Light Traffic Ahead on Road to Self-Driving Cars
Cybersecurity has emerged as key concern, and industry players also must work together more closely than they have historically, experts say.
CEO Mary Barra Sees ‘No Right or Left Turn’ in GM’s Course 
Barra also insists she will not hit the panic button to boost sales of the automaker’s redesigned large pickups, which continue to look for traction in the market place.
GM to Invest $60 Million in Diesel-Engine JV to Meet Pending Laws
Investment in the 6.6L turbodiesel V-8 will meet the EPA’s “Tier 3” tailpipe and evaporative emissions standard coming in 2017 for light-, medium- and some heavy-duty vehicles.
GM’s U.S. Sales Freeze in January, Large Pickups Particularly Chilly
Sales of the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, a backbone of GM’s U.S. business and completely redesigned for ’14, were off 20.4% to 40,100 units from 50,402 year-ago.
Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra Heavy Duty Diesels Walk the Walk
If seat-of-the-pants testing is any indication, it might be time to reverse the pecking order in the big-pickup segment.
'15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD Pickups 2
The ease with which these trucks trailer heavy loads makes a fella feel like he could hitch up the moon.
Chevrolet’s Tim Mahoney Sees Big Year Ahead for Bow-Tie Brand 1
Perhaps the best news for Chevrolet is having put its busiest launch year in the rearview mirror, and GM’s decision to give up marketing the brand in Europe.
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