James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

After Years of Ferrying VIPs, Cadillac Escalade Finally Arrives 2
Nowhere is the transformation more apparent than inside. A person could step out of any one of the latest Cadillacs and into the Escalade and know they all come from the same lineage.
NHTSA Slaps GM With $35 Million Fine Over Recall
NHTSA additionally expects GM to complete production of enough redesigned ignition switches to fix each of the 2.2 million Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles caught in the recall by October 4.
GM Issues Additional Safety Recalls; Puts Cost at $200 Million
GM says the callbacks reflect a new emphasis on safety at the automaker, where safety recalls this year have reached double digits and affect more than 11 million vehicles.
Advanced Safety, Creature Features Story of New Hyundai Genesis 1
One interesting omission from the ’15 Genesis is an all-wheel-drive option for V-8 models. Stay tuned for a potential performance model with AWD in the next couple of years.
GM Flexes Global Muscle for Ecotec Engine Program
No fewer than 300 engineers from GM development centers in four countries collaborated on the project, which will result in 11 small 3-cyl. and 4-cyl. gasoline engines.
GM Seeing Windfall From New Large SUVs, Exec Says 
On the large-pickup side of business, marketing exec Rick Scheidt says the automaker is “over the hump” in terms of building an inventory with a sufficient selection of body styles and powertrain options.
Adam Fresh, Not Altogether Perfect Offer From Recovering Opel
The Adam has been central to moving Opel forward and dealers have filled more than 80,000 orders since it launched. But does it live up to the hype? Yes, for the most part.
Opel Adam in Switzerland
If regular cross-country jaunts are in the books there might be wiser choices than the Opel Adam, but few better for the city and probably none more fashionable.
GM Sales Stay Ahead of Recall Mess, Rise 2.8% in April
GM delivered 254,076 cars, trucks and CUVs last month, compared with 237,646 in like-2013, according to WardsAuto data. The automaker likely saw its market share bump back over 18% from 16.7% in March.
GM Lays First Bricks of Race Engine Facility
The new facility also will house important work on electric motors and transmission gears, areas of expertise necessary to meet tightening global fuel-economy and carbon-dioxide emissions rules.
GM Nominates UAW VP Ashton to Board in First-Time Move
Ashton, 65, would be the first member of the GM board of directors with such close ties to organized labor.
Nissan VP Palmer’s Finger Off Incentive Trigger
The executive also promises the slow-selling Cube will live on in a future iteration, but not as the curvy MPV it is today, and pledges the next Titan large pickup will be an “all-American” truck.
Coming Product Volley to See Scion Sticking to Its Guns
Scion could use a recharge to its portfolio. U.S. sales of its products reached 173,034 units in 2006, four years after its launch. Last year Scion sales sputtered to 68,321 vehicles.
GM Starts Shipping Parts to Fix Defective Small-Car Ignition Systems
The automaker says the repair kits include newly designed ignition switches, ignition cylinders and key sets for the cars. The repair takes about 90 minutes.
Smart Corvette Interior No Longer Second Fiddle
The latest installment in our series on 2014 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors winners takes a look at how the Chevy Corvette Stingray ups its game to challenge the segment’s big-ticket rivals.
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