James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles
Refreshed Models Follow Chevy Camaro ZL1 Thunder 2
A refreshed ’17 Buick Encore moves in as the headliner for GM in the Big Apple.
Call It Automation, Not Autonomy, Experts Plead 1
Autonomy may conjure disturbing images in the minds of consumers of people grabbing a few winks in the back seat on their morning commute.
First Drive: '17 Chevrolet Bolt EV 2
The bright-line item is how buttoned-up the Bolt feels. It drives as solidly as it looks, because it was done from scratch and doesn’t carry any unnecessary weight.
GM Revs Up Another Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1
The third ZL1 line of Camaros ever built gets GM’s LT4 6.2L V-8, a supercharged monster boasting 640 hp and 640 lb.-ft. of torque.
’16 Chevy Malibu Modern Family 4-Door
After several years of missteps for a long list of both objective and subjective reasons, the second-best selling Chevy car rights the wrongs of the recent past and hits all the high notes.
GM’s February U.S. Sales Soften
The Detroit automaker’s daily sales fell 1.5% in February to 227,825 units from 231,378 cars trucks and CUVs in like-2015, according to WardsAuto data.
Surging Trucks Prompt $148M GM Engine Investment
A rebounding economy and low gasoline prices have fueled truck sales in the U.S., sending overall demand up 12.7% last year to 9.9 million units, according to WardsAuto data.
GM Powertrain Name Change Sets Precedence
The switch to GM Global Propulsion Systems exemplifies an industry undergoing tremendous transformation, driven by heightened regulatory demands and a splintering of traditional vehicle segments.
GM Says FCEVs Developing Too Quickly for Production
The automaker has reservations about launching a production FCEV without a robust public refueling infrastructure. But do not mistake reluctance for complacency, GM’s fuel-cell chief says.
Chicago Intros Speed Chevy’s Momentum Swing
Chevy sales last year in the U.S. expanded 4.5% to 2.1 million units from 2.0 million in 2014, but the brand’s overall share of the U.S. light-vehicle market contracted to 12.2% from 12.4%.
GM Scratches Out More Midsize Pickup Capacity 1
The output hike will make a difference in the market, executives say, because it is not simply an increase in line speed. The automaker has added hard tooling to the assembly line.
New Mobility Modes Won’t Water Down Powertrains
A rapidly evolving customer base, combined with tightening global efficiency standards, has industry engineers determining the next decade’s powertrain mix today, GM’s propulsion chief say.
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.
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