James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles
Product Supply Wild Card in GMC Game Plan
GM wants more from GMC, and its board of directors greenlighted the big marketing initiative to make it happen. But matching the campaign with sufficient product might be another story.
Cybersecurity Threat Arrives at Auto Industry’s Doorstep 3
Cybersecurity threat no empty “Y2K scenario,” Delphi VP Andrew Brown Jr. warns. “We know today our systems have some vulnerability.”
’15 Chevy Trax Funky, Fun Little CUV
The Trax takes aims at two sets of buyers, empty-nesters looking to downsize and young people buying their first new car. It is an approach that has played to varying degrees of success over the years.
Another GMC Utility in Mix
One key consideration for future GMC products, oddly enough, hinges on Buick. The shared sales channel means both brands vie for showroom space and marketing dollars.
Russia Sucks Momentum From GM Europe
GM’s weakness in Europe comes against an otherwise outstanding fourth-quarter financial report from the automaker. The period marked GM’s 20th consecutive quarter of profitability since its 2009 bankruptcy.
Toyota’s January Sales Sizzle
Toyota delivered 169,194 cars, trucks and CUVs in January, compared with 146,365 in like-2014, according to WardsAuto data.
GM’s U.S. Sales Spike in January
Trucks and CUVs carried the day for GM last month. The automaker says pickup deliveries surged, driven up by 8,000 sales of its redesigned Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
GM Tooling Up CVT for Fuel-Economy Play 2
Details on GM’s CVT are limited, but sources tell WardsAuto it will find its way into several “high-volume” products by 2019, including models in the U.S.
GM’s Batey on Mergers: Thanks, But No Thanks
Alan Batey says he hopes to capitalize on the new strength he sees between GM and its dealers after last year’s recall crisis brought the sometimes adversaries closer together.
GM’s Reuss Sees Hydrogen Fuel Cell Use Beyond Autos
“Our stack could be used in a lot of different ways,” he says of the fuel-cell technology, which in its second generation is half the size, 220 lbs. lighter and uses less than half the precious metal.
Cadillac’s de Nysschen: $12 Billion to Unit Over Five Years 1
While Cadillac’s president sees a need to address a product gap below the ATS compact sports sedan with a vehicles the size of the Audi A3 or BMW 1-Series, he suggests the top of the market will draw attention first.
GM CEO Barra Bets Big on Chevy Bolt 3
“It’s a concept vehicle,” Barra warns. “But if it is going to fit the equation that customers are looking for then, yes,” it will cost $30,000.
’16 Chevy Volt to Make 50 Miles All-Electric Range
The added all-electric range pushes the new Volt’s combined traveling distance to 420 miles from 380 miles currently. Fuel economy from the 1.5L gasoline range-extender engine rises to 41 mpg from 37 mpg.
GM CEO Barra Calls Buick Avenir Hint to Future of Brand
“You’ll see a lot of cues from the Avenir in products as we go forward,” GM CEO Mary Barra says.
Widely Anticipated Buick Cascada Bows in Detroit
The Cascada has been expected to join the Buick lineup since it launched as an Opel at the 2013 Paris auto show.
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