James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Composite Suspension Underpins Sanluis Rassini Racing Venture
Together with PPG Fiber Glass and Polystrand, Sanluis Rassini will invest $5 million to support an entry in the Grand Touring Lite classification of the Sports Car Club of America.
Early Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Demand Prompts Output Hike
GM’s dealers have taken 30,000 orders for the Colorado, a “very high” number at such an early stage, the automaker says.
GM Attorney Says 19 Deaths Linked to Defective Ignition Switch
The automaker earlier linked the ignition-switch, which was installed on 2.6 million small cars and CUVs between 2003 and 2010, to 13 deaths and 54 crashes.
O’Neal to Step Down at Delphi As Supplier Turns Corner
The global parts maker elevates Chief Financial Officer Kevin Clark to chief operating officer and CEO-in-waiting. Clark joined the supplier as CFO in 2010.
LT4 Puts ‘Brutal’ Power Behind Corvette Z06 3
Jordan Lee, chief engineer for the small-block V-8 at GM, says the LT4 crushes the performance benchmark set by the LS9. “The LT4 makes the ZR1 feel sluggish,” he says.
Delphi Takes Back Seat in Autonomous Driving Debate
Delphi already provides vision and radar systems, such as lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control, that warn drivers of a threat. Its V2V technology goes a step further.
GM to Add V2V, Autonomous-Driving Technologies to ’17 Cadillacs
In a speech Sunday opening a week-long Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress, GM CEO Mary Barra says V2V and Super Cruise autonomous technology contain authentic market and societal benefits.
GM’s August Sales Steady, Sees Market Strength Ahead
The automaker cites a brisk month for truck sales at Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac, where newly released large pickups and SUVs appear to be gaining traction in the market.
Ford VP Joe Hinrichs Says Two Shifts to Satisfy Mustang Demand
The executive does not offer hints of another product beyond the coming Mustang convertible to max out capacity.“Let’s celebrate Mustang today,” he says.
’15 Ford Mustang Gallops Out of Flat Rock Assembly
Output of the latest Mustang comes on the heels of a $555 million investment at Flat Rock to accommodate the car’s redesign.
GM Confirms Cadillac SRX for Spring Hill, Adds Engine Investment to Site
GM previously announced plans to inject $350 million into the former Saturn complex to build the SRX and a second “midsize CUV,” which WardsAuto forecasts as the next GMC Acadia.
GM Tech Center Shakes Off Flooding, Gets ‘Back to Work’
The 58-year-old GM Tech Center serves as the global hub for the automaker’s vehicle development and many of its buildings are of historical significance for their architecture.
GM Says Corvette’s New 8-Speed Gearbox Rivals DCT 4
The 8-speed automatic bows on the Corvette for ’15, joining the Performance Data Recorder and Valet Mode as new technologies for the coming model year.
NHTSA Makes Move on Vehicle-to-Vehicle Technology Rule
NHTSA says in the expected report it is eying the addition of two technologies: left-turn assist and intersection-movement assist.
Flooded GM Tech Center on Mend; Design, R&D Still Closed
Employees at GM Design tell WardsAuto their main building was “devastated,” and it could be months before the facility is fully operational again.
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