James M. Amend

M. Amend
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James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

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.
2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors Winner – Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
WardsAuto judges cited the Stingray’s reconfigurable digital instrument cluster, intuitive controls, ambient lighting, carbon fiber, Alcantara headliner, contrast seat stitching, and one off the sharpest-resolution backup cameras in production.
GM Reorganizes Global Engineering Unit in Response to Recall
The reorganization shakes up the management ranks, with the promotion of two engineering executives to head the units and the retirement of another longtime engineering leader.
Fiat Near U.S. Storefront Goal; 500e Sales to Start in Oregon
Getting brick-and-mortar laid is key to Fiat’s fortunes in the U.S., where it re-launched in 2011 with the 3-door 500 but stumbled out of the gate by missing early sales goals.
New Toyota Camry Not Risky, Just Right, Bill Fay Says
The redesign marks the most daring Camry styling to date. The best-selling car in the U.S. gets entirely new sheet metal with bolder character lines. It’s a little longer and slightly wider, too.
GM to Bring Chevy Trax Small CUV to U.S.
GM says it has delivered 90,000 units of the Trax globally since its launch in 2012. It will compete in the U.S. against the Kia Soul, Nissan Juke and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
GM CEO Mary Barra Says Recall Moving Quickly, Will Make OEM ‘Better’
The chief executive stops short of speculating on the effect the recall will have on GM’s four brands, but says Chevrolet, which accounts for most of the 2.6 million recalled units, has a chance to prove itself to customers.
Ford’s Joe Hinrichs Sees Customer Satisfaction, F-150 Work Progressing
The executive credits an overhaul in the 111-year-old company’s culture for delivering recent gains in key market metrics such as customer satisfaction, dealer loyalty and retail sales.
New Buyers, Regulations Breaking Old Definition of Luxury, Execs Say
Just a few short years ago, luxury makers targeted the baby-boomer generation almost exclusively. Today, luxury brands are marketing to buyers as young as 20-something Millennials.
Refreshed Chevy Cruze to Bow in New York
The Cruze now borrows from its larger siblings a more prominent, dual-port front fascia putting the look of its front end in line with the rest of the cars in the Chevrolet range.
GM Drops Curtain on Drop-Top Chevy Corvette Z06
The Z06 convertible uses a number of recent technological advancements to make a drop-top possible at high levels of performance.
Harmonized Test-Cycle Music to Ears of Powertrain Engineers
The current patchwork of procedures makes designing global cars and trucks difficult, as well as more costly, because some technologies work better under some drive cycles.
GM Ignition-Switch Recall Investigation Yields Employee Actions
In another response to the ignition-switch crisis, CEO Mary Barra announces a program called Speak Up for Safety to help create a “safety-first culture” at the automaker.
Cadillac Escalade Favors Elegance Over Excess, Product Chief Says 
“We wanted to keep the basic DNA, keep the excitement and the drama, but move forward by taking it further upscale,” David Schiavone tells WardsAuto.
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