James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles
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.
GM Shoots for Sustainable Tire Sourcing
GM purchases an estimated 49 million tires annually and believes sourcing them sustainably has a number of community, business and environmental benefits.
Better Supplier Relations ‘Earned,’ GM’s Kiefer Says
The automaker’s purchasing chief stops short of declaring healthy supplier relations a panacea for poor profitability, as some industry experts suggest.
Let’s Dance: New Land Rover Disco Hits Trailhead
It is just as capable as it was in the previous four generations, but adds even more of the Discovery’s trademark versatility and luxury, as well as new connectivity and a design aimed to broaden its appeal.
Delphi Powertrain Spin-Off About Focus, CEO Says 1
The U.K.-based supplier is positioned as a leader in advanced-safety and autonomous-driving technologies, but the industry still must make efficiency improvements to the internal-combustion engine.
GM CUVs Red Hot in April, Trucks Cool Off
GM dealers delivered 244,406 light vehicles last month, compared with 259,557 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
Yes, That’s a Buick LaCrosse Among Industry’s Best
The new LaCrosse in many ways recalls old-school Buicks. It’s a long, wide sedan like the land yachts of its heyday, so the interior boasts loads of shoulder, leg and hip room.
Nothin’ But Amoré for Alfa Romeo Giulia
WardsAuto editors raved over a design achievement combining sportiness with Italian flair and a rethinking of the central infotainment screen.
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