James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

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.
GM Jumps Back Into Medium-Duty Market
GM’s new low-cab-forward truck lineup will include six models – the Chevrolet 3500, 3500HD, 4500, 4500HD, 5500 and 5500 HD. The trucks are based on the Isuzu N-Series.
No Detour Ahead for Chevy Marketing, GM’s Batey Says
Chevy sales are up 3.9% against an industry that’s ahead of last year’s pace by 5.8%, according to WardsAuto data. GM’s 4.9% year-to-date sales increase also trails the industry.
GM’s Barra Sees ‘Shifts’ in China; Trucks Propelling U.S.
GM’s annual meeting of shareholders opens under reports of growing pressure to tie up with crosstown rival Fiat Chrysler. Barra reiterates GM is not interested.
BMW’s Girard Says Materials Strategy Brand Specific
More BMW i offerings appear to be in the pipeline, too. Asked if the automaker has plans for models beyond the i3 and i8, Girard answers coyly, “There are a lot of numbers between three and eight.”
GM’s ‘Hot Hand’ Continues With Truck, CUV Sales in May 2
GM dealers delivered 293,097 light vehicles last month, compared to 284,694 in like-2014, according to WardsAuto data.
Mitsubishi Electric Amps Up Infotainment, ANC Offerings
The latest-generation FLEXConnect.IVI system combines swipe and touchscreen technologies and unites longtime-separately functioning screens into a single processor.
GM Confirms $175 Million for Chevy Camaro in Michigan 1
The investment at Lansing Grand River comes on the heels of $2.8 billion in planned U.S. manufacturing facilities expenditures announced by GM in recent weeks.
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