James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

GM Releases Tool to Speed Up App Development
GM Dev Client gives approved developers the ability to test their creations in a GM vehicle without meeting with the automaker and instantly make changes, or updates, to their apps on the fly.
Buick Regal GS Finally Gets Its Props, Brand Chief Says 1
GM executive Duncan Aldred says he always thought the car should pack a large, naturally aspirated engine recalling historic Buick GS models such as the ’65 Riviera. The new Regal GS uses a V-6 with 310 hp.
No Smoking: Acura NSX Crushes Quarter Mile 7
The NSX is a modern technical marvel, as well as an old-fashioned hoot to drive.
Brace for Impact: U.S. Sales Plunge Ahead 4
The AlixPartners consultancy says a key element of its forecast is a “used-car time bomb” set to go off as 500,000 more vehicles come off lease this year than year-ago.
Hot Crossovers Take Some Chill Off GM Sales
The Detroit automaker sold 243,155 light vehicles last month, compared with 255,210 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data
GMC Terrain Says ‘Bye-Bye Gear Shifter’ 1
The 5-button, PRNDL key bridge is located at the base of the center stack and ahead of a deep center console the system permits because it does not use a traditional mechanical linkage to the transmission.
Chevy Colorado ZR2 Shot to the Heart
The new off-roader is a rock-climbing, trail-eating, desert-running beast certain to further reinvigorate demand for the entire line.
Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE Runs Record Lap
The track-focused Camaro with a 6-speed manual transmission mated to its 650-hp supercharged LT4 V-8 engine was 13.56 seconds faster than a ZL1 outfitted with a new 10-speed automatic.
Bosch Optimism High Despite Easing Auto Sales
A key piece of the supplier’s bullish outlook is mobility solutions, where autonomous, electric and connected-vehicle technologies are the growth drivers.
GMC Tees Up ‘Like A Pro’ Ad Campaign
The three-spot campaign portrays owners of GMC pickups, SUVs and CUVs emotionally connected to their trucks and living their lives to the fullest.
GM’s Barra Pledges Core Business, New Tech Will Build Value
A stagnant stock price, juxtaposed against the soaring shares of startup EV maker Tesla, motivated Greenlight Capital to push an unsuccessful stock-split proposal to a vote of shareholders.
The Big Story: Trump Bump Unclear As Presidency Retrenches 4
The perceived unevenness of Trump’s governing has left the auto industry in the dark over policy actions that could, either favorably or unfavorably, affect business planning years into the future.
GM’s U.S. Sales Weaken Alongside Softer Market
GM dealers delivered 237,364 light vehicles in May, compared with 240,450 cars and trucks in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
’17 Nissan Rogue Sport: Beard Preener’s Crossover 1
The Rogue Sport occupies the fastest-growing segment of a CUV-crazy market where city-centric Millennial buyers want small crossovers with interior versatility and all-wheel-drive capability.
GM Says Its Future Mobility Pieces Installed
Key elements of future mobility at GM include Cruise Automation, connectivity, new ventures in shared transportation and autonomous Chevy Bolts under testing.

Jan 18, 2018

2018 Wards 10 Best Engines Editorial Roundtable Part 2

WardsAuto editors discuss some of the 22 nominees that did not make the cut in this year's Wards 10 Best Engines competition....More


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