James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles
Powertrain Tech Boom Coming But Consumers Unprepared, Experts Say
The knowledge gap already could be affecting sales of advanced-technology vehicles, which last year accounted for 3.5% of the nearly 17 million cars and trucks sold in the U.S., according to WardsAuto data.
Chevrolet to Step It Up in Emerging Markets With New Vehicle Family
The new platform is part of GM’s architecture consolidation program first announced in October that calls for the launch of four new global architectures between 2020 and 2025 that will cover the bulk of the automaker’s lineup.
Success or Failure, Cadillac in Firm Charge of Destiny 2
“Logically, Cadillac is not disconnected from GM,” the longtime luxury executive says. “The way we want to organize the business in the future is that Cadillac will own the entire process, all the things that touch Cadillac.”
GM Eyed U.S. From Inception of ‘Whisper Diesel’ 2
The all-new 1.6L turbodiesel earned plaudits from the European motoring press shortly after it began rolling out last year. It launches in the U.S. in 2017.
GM: $1.4 Billion Makes Texas SUV Plant More Competitive
The investment brings GM’s recent expenditures at the 60-year-old Arlington facility to $2 billion.
UAW-GM Talks Unfold Amid Hefty Profits, Strike Threat
The talks play out under starkly different circumstances than previous bargaining sessions because for the first time in more than a decade GM boasts a strong balance sheet, record profitability and a competitive product portfolio.
UAW, Detroit Three Seen Crafting Transitional Contract
The summer’s negotiations will play out under external conditions not witnessed in decades. The companies are healthier than ever, and the UAW has the legal right to strike.
Ford’s June Sales Dip; F-Series Output Hits Intended Levels
Ford delivered 220,704 vehicles last month, compared with 217,509 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
GM’s June Sales Slip on Weak Car Demand, Rental Activity
The Detroit automaker sold 259,353 vehicles last month, compared with 267,461 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
Redesigned ’16 Chevy Cruze Geared for Global Stage
“We’ve optimized Chevrolet on a global scale,” GM North America President Alan Batey tells WardsAuto. “This is a demonstration of that.”
GM’s Batey Says ‘Quality’ Share Barometer of Chevy’s Success
GM’s volume brand at the end of May controlled 12.5% of the U.S. market, up a tick from 12.4% in the same period last year and good for No.2 behind Ford, according to WardsAuto data.
GM Drops Top on ’16 Chevy Camaro
The convertible will feature a number of items the automaker considers segment-exclusive, including a fully automated roof with latches that automatically release and secure the top.
GM’s Clegg Says Wage Gap Just One Item of UAW Talks
The executive speaks after announcing a $245 million investment to prepare its Orion Twp., MI, assembly plant for a yet-to-be-named product. WardsAuto forecasts a small Cadillac CUV.
UAW’s Williams Critical of Mexico’s Rise; Says Contract Strike Possible
Successful talks likely will hinge on the 2-tier wage structure put in place at Detroit Three manufacturing plants in 2007.
Used Chevy Volt Batteries Power Up GM Proving Ground
GM has long touted the secondary-use possibilities for the Volt battery packs, suggesting they be repurposed for duties ranging from emergency residential power to industrial applications.
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