James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles
BMW 750xi: Ultimate User Experience
The BMW excels on all fronts, from the first impression to the last. It starts with an optional iPhone-like key fob, a technological marvel that functions as a gateway to the 750xi.
User Experience Revolution Ahead, Experts Say
Displays, for example, will get larger and resolutions will become richer, while driver information will move from the dashboard and instrument panel to a sophisticated head-up display.
‘Told You So,’ Renault-Nissan’s Ghosn Gloats
Nissan’s CEO says he is thrilled other automakers jumped onboard the electric-vehicle bandwagon at this week’s Paris auto show. “Welcome to the competition,” he says.
Mobility Services Key Destination for Opel Ampera-e
Opel marketing chief Tina Müller says EVs will see rapid growth. “In 10 years, I’m sure we will laugh about the old times and internal-combustion engines,” she says.
PSA ‘Dinosaur’ Among New Mobility, CEO Tavares Says
CEO Carlos Tavares reiterates PSA’s plan to return to North America over the span of a decade, beginning with its car-sharing venture in Southern California.
VW Chairman Diess Forecasts EV Market Leadership
The automaker intends to refashion its image and product portfolio in the coming years with a focus on electrification and advanced mobility technology and ventures.
Valeo Sets Sights on 48V Leadership 2
Valeo’s 48V system, which is underpinned by the French supplier’s electric supercharger, makes its debut this year on the redesigned Audi SQ7 high-performance large SUV.
2016 Wards 10 Best UX: Surprise and Delight
From a console pad for storing and charging a smartphone to a pickup truck cargo bed that doubles as an audio speaker, WardsAuto editors uncovered a plethora of surprise and delight features during Wards 10 Best UX testing.
Automated Tech on Fast Track, Industry Execs Say
There is reason for skepticism. Complex technological breakthroughs still lie ahead and consumer acceptance remains a question.
Nissan Goes Big With Redesigned Titan V-8 3
The addition of gasoline direct injection provides much of the power and fuel-economy gains by reducing knock, improving combustion stability and offering precise injection control. It also raises the compression ratio.
Chevy Bolt EV Range 238 Miles, Costs $37,500
While not expected to be a volume-seller, the Bolt will underpin new-mobility ventures for the Detroit automaker including car-sharing, ride-hailing and autonomous technology.
Chevy Bolt Underpins New Business Model, GM Exec Says 4
“Not only are we expanding our product portfolio, we are expanding our business model,” says Pam Fletcher, GM’s leading electric-vehicle engineer.
GM Sales Slip in August; Predicts Strong Finish to Year
Several model lines posted notable gains, led by the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
GM, U.S. Army Plan FCEV Unveil 3
While GM wants feedback on how the technology performs, the Army wants to test it for potential use in combat because fuel cells operate quietly and can provide remote electrical power generation.
Volkswagen Wants Suppliers to Go FAST
Rollout of the FAST program, which reached its first milestone with a supplier summit in Berlin two months ago, comes at a time when Volkswagen is trying to trim $1 billion in capital spending.
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