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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 Feb 11, 2015

Dial Out Noise of GM Activist Shareholder

Harry Wilson’s bluster should be taken as nothing more. Sure, he’s got some big hedge fund names behind him and investors outside their circle would stand to profit too if the buyback were to happen. But it won’t....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 Mar 05, 2015

Why Call Them Auto Dealers?

Some people think auto-retailing name changes are in order....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...

Mar 19, 2015

Paying to Fill the Potholes on the Oregon Trail

“The state is worried that with cars getting better and better mileage, it’ll collect less in fuel taxes to take care of the roads and bridges,” Nance tells husband Peter as she explains Oregon’s pay-per-mile road-funding scheme....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 Aug 06, 2014

Toyota’s Shift to Hydrogen From Battery-Electric Jolts Industry

When the world’s largest producer of gas-electric hybrids decides to take the road less traveled, you can bet on a seismic shift in the industry’s market focus to fuel cells....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.

Mar 02, 2015

Harry Wilson’s Money Grab

Singling out shareholders for a big payday is not being fair or responsible. The “old GM” spent billions buying back shares and kept doing so almost until it went bankrupt. Look how well that worked....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 Feb 17, 2015

Conti’s Cloud-to-Car Navigation: You Lost Me

The supplier envisions connected vehicles carrying on never-ending digital conversations with IBM’s computer servers in Dallas about more than just the weather. Forgive my inability to process the vast implications....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.

Feb 23, 2015

Ford's Choice of Lincoln Over JLR Good a Bet as Any

Some pundits have argued Ford would have been better off keeping Jaguar Land Rover over Lincoln, but in reality both brands still require massive investments....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.

Feb 23, 2015

Ito’s Departure a Long Time Coming

During outgoing Honda President Ito's reign, the automaker made some major missteps, from the underwhelming '12 Civic, to the '10 Insight. He also failed to boost the volume and prestige of the Acura brand....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 Road Ahead Oct 22, 2014

Welcome to ‘Virtual Cockpit’

Unlike most systems now widely used, the Audi TT eliminates the display screen mounted in the center stack or above it....More
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