James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles
GM Preps Holiday Deliveries of Chevy Bolt 7
Exactly how many of the 5-passenger CUVs will be made available is unclear. It takes three days for the assembly plant's 1-shift crew to build a Bolt from start to finish.
Chevy Bolt At Orion Assembly
Production of the Chevy Bolt, a potentially revolutionary battery-electric vehicle, ramps up at GM assembly plant north of Detroit.
2017 10 Best Engines: High-Tech V-6s Wear Versatility Crown
High-tech V-6s power vehicles from multiple market segments.
New 9-Speed Pushes Tech Limit, GM Says
The new 9-speed yielded GM 60 new patents and required 800 prototypes. The most unique element of the unit is an industry-first deployment of a selectable 1-way clutch.
Cadillac Plans to Steer Clear of Driverless Cars 2
Fully autonomous, “transportation modules” will be left to another automaker, executives for the GM luxury brand say.
Trucks Drive GM’s U.S. November Sales Up
GM sold 252,644 light vehicles last month, compared with 229,296 in the same period last year, according to WardsAuto data.
Hyundai Ioniq Unlimited Plan Targets New Buyer
It’s the sort of convenience, pricing transparency and online experience Millennial consumers demand, the automaker says.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Giulia Cash Machines for FCA US
The Stelvio arrives at a time when FCA US is trimming back its car offerings to focus more on the growing pickup, CUV and SUV market.
Chevy Colorado ZR2 Rare Off-Roader, GM Says
The kicker is the first off-road application of Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve dampers, which the automaker uses on performance variants of its Chevy Camaro sports coupe.
Smart Fortwo Splendid Idea, Imperfect Reality
Even with an updated powertrain and driving dynamics over its predecessor, the Fortwo is no smarter an idea today than when Daimler product planners hatched the idea to bring the brand to the U.S. in 2008.
Bigger Mini Countryman to Take Stage in LA
For the first time, an electrification option will be available with the Mini Cooper S E Countryman. The plug-in hybrid allows for pure electric driving up to 78 mph and has an all-electric range of 25 miles
GM Calls Bullish 4Q Output, Inventory Appropriate
The automaker will build an estimated 941,000 units in the October-December period, compared with 826,500 year-ago, according to WardsAuto data.
Chevy Cruze Hatch Smart, Sporty Step Forward
Form follows function, so the Cruze Hatch should appeal to buyers with active lifestyles. Folding the second-row seats opens up 47.2 cu.-ft. of cargo space.
ZF TRW Tech Center Targets Advanced Safety
The building is a state-of-the-art, global electronics R&D facility designed not just to sustain ZF TRW’s leadership position but also to foster creativity among the 600 engineers and support staff inside.
Safety Gates Autonomous Rollout, GM’s Barra Says 1
GM expects the technology’s rollout to occur in a controlled environment such as ride-sharing before it is put into mass production.
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