James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Mahindra Turns Attention Inward Ahead of Growth Bid
For the time being, Mahindra has its hands full getting its own house in order. The automaker wants to mature its business ahead of a global growth push in light vehicles.
GM Mass Reductions Drive Savings, Opportunities
Lighter vehicles are more fuel efficient, and the mass savings pave the way for adding technologies such as battery propulsion and autonomous-driving hardware in the future, GM’s Mark Reuss says.
GM Covets Untapped Markets, Connected Cars
GM President Dan Amman says the automaker’s future will rely heavily on a plan to engage customers beyond the vehicle to mobile devices.
GM CEO Barra Outlines Future Mobility Strategy
GM’s future includes two new car-sharing and ride-sharing projects meant to test existing hardware and software systems, gain insight into the habits of users and add to the automaker’s bottom line.
U.S. Lags in Adoption of Driver-Assistance Technologies
“In the U.S., the motivation is high,” says Boston Consulting Group executive Xavier Mosquet. “The question is how we will move the ball beyond that.”
Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon Shout Down Skeptics
GM says the Colorado, the volume seller of the two pickups, is the fastest-selling truck in the U.S. “Dealers will take every one they can get,” says Colorado marketing chief Jessica Rogers.
In Wake of VW Emissions Fiasco, EPA Doubles Down
Christopher Grundler, an EPA director, admits the agency does face funding limitations for testing, but says its actions will not amount to an overhaul of its procedures.
GM Juices Up Chevy Silverado for Sizzling Truck Market
The quick update to the truck comes on the heels of the launch of the redesigned ’15 Ford F-150, the best-selling vehicle in the land and the Silverado’s No.1 rival.
Redesigned Buick LaCrosse to Bow in Los Angeles
The 5-passenger sedan, which was last fully redone in in 2009 as a ’10 model and updated in ’14, will receive a grille treatment inspired by the Avenir concept.
Volkswagen Scandal Puts Regulators on High Alert 1
“Question assumptions,” NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind says. “They tell you one thing, you question it. We’re questioning everything now.”
European Automakers Juggle CO2, Driver Data Obligations
Speaking on the topic of future emissions regulations, ACEA President Carlos Ghosn appeals for an integrated strategy involving all CO2 emitters.
Renault-Nissan CEO Ghosn Says Consolidation Inevitable
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, unveiling the new Megane in Frankfurt, says, “Consolidation is a fact in our industry.”
Opel’s Neumann Optimistic Despite Europe’s Reticence
“The European market has grown, but slowly,” Neumann tells WardsAuto at the Frankfurt auto show. “We thought it would grow more. There is always something, and this time it is Russia.”
Conti’s Degenhart Says China Weak But Not for Long
The chief executive says Continental will base its China business on expectations of 24 million-25 million units of light-vehicle production this year. Over time, he says, it will grow to 30 million.
Cadillac XT5 Breaks Out
The '17 XT5 will replace the SRX, the best-selling vehicle for the General Motors luxury division.
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