James M. Amend

Associate Editor, WardsAuto.com

James Amend is an associate editor at WardsAuto.com, covering day-to-day business and product news at General Motors. He also leads coverage of regulatory and environmental issues, as well as the electric vehicle market. Outside of the auto industry, James enjoys the outdoors, Detroit sports and American fiction.

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Jul 23, 2014

Chevy Cruze Diesel Caught in Game of Catch Up

According to WardsAuto data, the Cruze diesel has accounted for 5,974 deliveries since its launch one year ago. That’s a scant 2.0% of the compact....More
Apr 24, 2014

GM Profit Report Further Clouds Spotlight on CEO Mary Barra

The chief executive caps her first 100 days on the job by reporting a razor-thin profit of $125 million, down 86% from year-ago, and bruised by the....More
Nov 06, 2013

Reuss’ Facebook Exit Smacks of Same Old GM

The president of GM North America having a Facebook account was refreshing in an industry where top executives typically dislike too cozy a....More
Oct 31, 2013

GM’s Third-Quarter Results Confirm No Gain Without Pain

North America is raking in big profits on record-wide margins, but it did not come without years of costly, gut-wrenching restructuring. Now other....More
Oct 03, 2013

Big Pickup Sellers Piling on Incentives, Dishing Dirt

It’s a classic if not altogether common set of circumstances in the dog-eat-dog big-pickup segment: One automaker wants to dump its stock of old....More
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