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.

Posts by James M. Amend

in Final Inspection Jan 06, 2015

Look Outside U.S. for Cue on Cadillac Sales

Globally, Cadillac says, its sales increased 5.2% last year. Don’t rub your eyes. That’s not a misprint. Cadillac sales last year were, in fact, up a....More
in Final Inspection Nov 06, 2014

C’mon Parents, Let’s Be Better Role Models

Statistics substantiate the argument too many moms and dads engage in dangerous behaviors and tasks such as driving unbelted, texting while driving....More
in Final Inspection 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
in Road Ahead Jul 14, 2014

GM’s Do-Over of Chevy Malibu Gets It Right

The eAssist hybrid system is gone, replaced by a silky smooth, remarkably quiet stop/start system....More
in Road Ahead Jun 18, 2014

Chevy Camaro Chief Engineer Nailing Down Name Game

Al Oppenheiser has made it his life’s work to set in stone exactly what separates, for example, a Camaro Z/28 from a Camaro SS. It’s some serious....More
in Final Inspection 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
in Road Ahead Feb 10, 2014

GMC Denali Trim Line Makes Case to Stand Alone

GMC marketing executive Roger McCormack says many GMC Denali owners refer to their trucks by the luxury-trim-level rather than the brand or nameplate....More
in Final Inspection 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
in Final Inspection 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
in Road Ahead Oct 22, 2013

Riding Shotgun in the ’14 Chevy Camaro Z/28

GM conducted the program on the Milford Road Course, a 2.9-mile (4.6 km) mile track that emulates parts of the Nurburgring and induces as many....More

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