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 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
in Road Ahead Oct 14, 2013

Why Not a $76,000 Cadillac EV?

Until Cadillac brings to market something like the Elmiraj luxury concept it showed this summer at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it looks....More
in Final Inspection 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
in Road Ahead Sep 26, 2013

GM Sticking to New Weight-Watching Plan

The new Cadillac CTS with the base 2.0L turbocharged engine and 6-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel-drive tips the scales at a sprightly 3....More
in Road Ahead Sep 13, 2013

What Happened to That GM 8-Speed Anyway?

The program had indeed been in flux at GM. More intriguing, however, is the fact that the automatic will not appear in the large pickups, SUVs and....More
in Road Ahead Aug 30, 2013

GM Licking Its Chops on Eve of Large SUV Rollout

And, holy smokes, is GM poised to cash in on their return. According to WardsAuto data, the auto maker boasts 71.8% of the segment and Chevy alone....More
in Road Ahead Jul 26, 2013

Chevy Volt Educating Americans One Sale at a Time

Despite all the transparency with which GM developed the Volt, bringing journalists to its research and development campus to witness the car’s....More
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