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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 Oct 20, 2014

Tesla May Lose Another One

Michigan governor likely to sign bill banning direct auto sales....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 Oct 15, 2014

Got You Covered

I thought efforts to limit distracted driving were spreading. Standing intact, however, is the apparent belief one can’t enjoy listening to Tom Petty without seeing his face grinning from a corner of the touchscreen....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.

in Final Inspection Oct 13, 2014

Thermonuclear Pickup Truck Wars

This is going to be the greatest sales battle in the U.S. in 2015. Both strategies could turn out to be successful, but that’s not the way it usually works....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 Oct 24, 2014

Driving in Greece Stressful, But Worth It

The islands are lovely to visit, but be prepared for narrow winding roads with few guardrails to protect the buses, ATVs, scooters, cars and pedestrians that use them. And don’t bother looking for road signs....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 Sep 17, 2014

Safety Shouldn’t Be Disabled

All vehicle safety technologies, be they old like seatbelts or new like lane-departure warning, should be mandatory, not optional....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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