James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Cadillac Escala Hint of Tomorrow, Possibly Today
The General Motors brand considers the rear-wheel-drive Escala, which is Spanish for “scale,” a driver’s car that also indulges the senses.
Chevy Corvette GS Hits Sweetest of Sweet Spots
The Corvette GS is more than just colorful stripes and badges. It adds track-oriented items such as upgraded cooling, chassis and driveline technologies.
P3 North America Stewards CharIN Expansion
Combined Charging System inlets accommodate standard AC and quick-charging DC connectors, giving electrified-vehicle owners the flexibility to utilize either option.
Winds of Change Test OEM, Supplier Relations
Volkswagen executive Mahesh Kodumudi says change will be felt most acutely at VW, as the German automaker rebuilds from the diesel-emissions-cheating scandal.
Congress Eyeing Automotive Cybersecurity
The General Accounting Office found automakers are most concerned about possible security breaches through remote access points, such as telematics systems and cellular networks.
NHTSA’s Rosekind Supports Regulatory Harmonization
An Alliance of Automobiles Manufacturers official sharply criticized regulators earlier this week, saying a lack of harmonization pushes up vehicle costs, threatens jobs and jeopardizes progress on safety.
Silicon Valley Talent Packs Bags for Detroit
Specific trends drawing the attention of top tech talent include Big Data, cloud computing and machine learning.
Industry Policy Players Clash Over Future CAFE 1
The rules have automaker fleets already meeting future rules, and technology exists to satisfy the 2025 bogey, regulators say, while sales are at all-time highs.
GM’s Propulsion Path Both Conventional, Disruptive
GM Propulsion Systems chief Dan Nicholson says modern engines have nearly cut in half a 24-mpg efficiency gap versus hybrid technology. “We expect that trend to continue,” he says.
GM Treads Lightly on Opel Diesel News
German regulators absolved Adam Opel of diesel-emissions-tampering allegations, but GM Vice President Dan Nicholson won’t say, “I told you so.”
Mass Reduction Cultural Commitment, GM Exec Says
It is a bit of a gamble, too, GM’s Charlie Klein admits, because billions of dollars could be lost if a lightweighting approach does not work out.
American Axle Races to Future of Mobility
“We have to be faster, better and cheaper at being faster, better and cheaper,” says AAM Vice President Nigel Francis.
OESA Sees Rising Supplier Pessimism
According to the OESA’s bimonthly supplier survey, parts-maker optimism in July fell to its lowest level in four years.
Delphi Plans Singapore Driverless Car Deployment
Over a period of 30 months and in partnership with the island country’s transportation authority, the supplier will put fully autonomous prototypes into service by 2019.
GM’s Top Cyber Cop Ratchets Up Product Security
As head of GM’s product cybersecurity organization, Jeff Massimilla is responsible for the end-to-end safety and security of the company’s connected products and services.


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