James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Chevy Malibu Strong Hybrid Coming Next Year 1
The new Malibu Hybrid’s lofty fuel-economy ratings come courtesy of a number of technologies from the Chevy Volt, most notably a version of the breakthrough 2-motor drive unit.
Cadillac Twin Turbo V-6 Build
Newly developed Cadillac Twin Turbo V-6 boasts 400 hp, 400 lb.-ft. (342 Nm) torque, bows in upcoming CT6 large sedan (see related story, New Powertrains Underpin Cadillac Product Assault).
New Powertrains Underpin Cadillac Product Assault
The offensive will begin with a Cadillac-exclusive 3.0L twin-turbocharged gasoline V-6 for the all-new CT6 large sedan bowing at next month’s New York Auto Show.
Land Rover Discovery Sport Toasts Icelandic Winter 1
On its own, the Discovery Sport is a smashingly capable luxury CUV. As a replacement for the aging LR2, it is out of this world.
GM First Domino to Fall in Russia
GM’s actions in Russia will play out over the next nine months and includes halting operations at its assembly plant in St. Petersburg by the middle of this year. Two years ago, GM began a $1 billion expansion of the facility.
GM’s Boler-Davis Wants Closer Connection With Customers 1
The executive thinks she can heighten satisfaction among existing owners by offering new connectivity features, such as OnStar’s RemoteLink application for smartphone users.
GM Bends to Activist Investors, Plans $5 Billion Stock Buyback 2
The buyback heads off a potential fight with investors who felt the automaker should return some of its $25.2 billion in cash to shareholders.
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 4
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.
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