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James M. Amend

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...

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 sedan’s powertrain mix....More

Steve Finlay

Steve Finlay is the editor of WardsAuto Dealer Business magazine and a senior editor for WardsAuto.com. His journalism career started 42 years ago as a crime reporter. A Michigan native, he likes fast cars, big lakes and cold days.

in Retail Front Jul 11, 2014

Tesla Salespeople Would Make Great Museum Curators

The automaker’s salespeople do a couple of things right but enough wrong to finish dead last in a mystery-shopping study....More

Aaron Foley

I joined WardsAuto in 2012, but automobiles have always been in my life. A longtime Detroiter, I've had relatives work in every aspect of the industry, from assembly line to dealerships to management. I cover Chrysler, but also observe industry trends and product development.

in Final Inspection Jun 17, 2013

As Chrysler’s SRT Goes Full Speed, Dodge Sputters Along

The auto maker unleashes a full-scale advertising campaign for the nascent performance brand, which had taken a back seat while the manufacturer was reinventing itself....More

Jim Irwin

Jim Irwin joined WardsAuto.com an associate editor in July 2011 following 27 years at the Associated Press bureau in Detroit. He primarily edits stories by WardsAuto correspondents and compiles the weekly Supplier Roundup and biweekly Technology Roundup. He lives in...

in Road Ahead Jul 21, 2014

New for ’20: The HALcat

Engines are becoming more potent as the self-driving car keeps evolving. Will the smart cars of the future use their horsepower for good and not evil?....More

Barbara McClellan

Barbara McClellan has covered the international auto industry for Ward's since 1997, specializing in business strategy, with extensive travel throughout Asia. She also writes about alternative fuels and environmental issues. She retired in September 2013 after serving as Editor of WardsAuto....

in Final Inspection Jun 16, 2014

Reliance on New Market Economies a Cautionary Tale

It’s no longer enough for a global village to build a car industry. What’s needed are responsible governments that value and support their domestic automakers....More

John McElroy

John McElroy is editorial director of Blue Sky Productions and producer of “Autoline” for WTVS-Channel 56, Detroit, and “Autoline Daily,” the online video newscast.

in Road Ahead Jun 27, 2014

The Disconnect With Electric Cars

Automakers have spent billions of dollars, euros, and yen and won to produce EVs and FCVs, fervently hoping they’ll earn a return on that investment. So far they haven’t netted a nickel, and there’s nothing on the horizon to suggest they soon will....More

Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is executive editor of WardsAuto World magazine, with an emphasis on technology and suppliers. He leads selection of the Ward’s 10 Best Engines and Ward’s 10 Best Interiors awards. Tom grills year-round, never leaves home without a guitar pick, stays up late for Stanley...

in Road Ahead Jul 11, 2014

Vintage Car Owners Line Up for Fuel

“This is the greatest day ever!” declares Thomas Semaan, whose ’80 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray fueled up for a mere $8.60 instead of the $38 he would have paid for the same amount in today’s dollars....More

Byron Pope

As the associate editor covering Ford I get a front-row seat to one of the most fascinating times in recent automotive history. In my more than 6  years at WardsAuto, I've witnessed Ford go from a company on the brink of collaspe to an industry leader. Exciting times, indeed.

in Final Inspection Jun 25, 2014

Lincoln’s Biggest Challenge May Come From Within

Ford is attempting to revive the moribund Lincoln brand, pouring considerable resources into launching new products, including the MKZ midsize sedan and the MKC CUV....More

Christie Schweinsberg

I cover the Asian auto makers here at WardsAuto, with a primary focus on the Japanese and Korean brands in the U.S.

in Road Ahead Jun 26, 2014

Please, Just Leave Me Alone

Automakers want to know where you go and how often you go there...to make your life easier. Yeah, right....More

David C. Smith

Dave Smith, WardsAuto editor at large, is the founding editor of WardsAuto World magazine. He writes about numerous topics, all with a keen perspective honed from years of experience as a longtime industry observer.

in Final Inspection Jun 13, 2014

Bill Hoglund Dies at 79, Narrowly Missed Top Spot at GM

The former GM executive credited for revitalizing Pontiac in the 1980s once said, “Whoever did the Aztek ought to be shot.”....More
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