James M. Amend

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

Silicon Valley Role Player, Ford’s Butler Says
Do not expect Google or Apple to put established transportation players such as Ford, General Motors and Toyota out of business, the executive warns.
Mini Convertible ‘Fundamental’ to Brand, Exec Says
The redesigned convertible moves to a newer platform with BMW engine technology for the first time, tighter fit-and-finish, higher-grade materials and a lengthier queue of customization options.
GM Sales Scuffle in May
The automaker sold 240,450 cars and trucks last month, compared with 293,097 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
GMC Acadia Rebuilt, But Will Buyers Come? 1
The automaker renowned for stacking its lineup with lovable beer-leaguers turns the tables by slashing more than 700 lbs. from the new Acadia.
Delphi Wants Partners for 48V Technology
While Delphi might lack the motor- or battery-making capabilities of its rivals, it boasts one big advantage, the supplier’s product chief says.
GMC Exec Sees No Easing of Pickup, SUV Surge
The combination of demand and refinement has been a boon to GMC, pushing up average transaction prices and take-rates for the brand’s upscale Denali range of luxury models.
Exclusivity Key Element of Luxury
Experts suggest luxury-product makers risk diluting their brand if they go too far down-market.
New York Move Paying Off, Cadillac Design Chief Says
In an address to the WardsAuto Interiors Conference, Cadillac’s Andrew Smith says connectivity will compel designers to think differently about innovation.
BASF Color Outlook Merges Perspectives
The coating supplier’s color predictions are informed by global trends in fashion, architecture and textiles, as well as economic, technological and societal shifts.
GM’s April U.S. Sales Tumble 7.1% 1
Fleet sales were 23% of that total, inline with the company’s guidance but off from the 25% or more mix from the automaker historically.
Chevy Malibu Hybrid Tech Casts Wide Net
GM considers the Malibu hybrid its best shot in years at driving down the automaker’s alternative-propulsion costs.
Chevy Camaro ‘Fits Like a Glove’
The 2016 Wards 10 Best Interiors winner impresses judges with an uncannily good seating position.
Japan Quake Trims GM Production
The quakes in Japan limit parts supplies to a number of GM assembly locations, and the shutdowns effectively amount to a rationing of those parts to sites where they are needed most.
GM Evens Up European Ops
“In Europe, we broke even in Q1 and we are on plan to break even for the calendar year,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra says.
P3 Injects Dose of Silicon Valley Into Detroit
P3 North America President and CEO Samit Ghosh says the supplier will hire 100 new employees and plans to make an investment in “smart charging” for automotive.


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