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James M. Amend

James Amend is an associate editor at, 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 Road Ahead Aug 17, 2015

Death of an LT4, Or What You Didn't Read in My Cadillac CTS-V Review

I’m relatively satisfied the bug that blew the engine will not make it into production units. But it’s still an interesting story and deserves to be told....More

Steve Finlay

Steve Finlay is the editor of WardsAuto Dealer Business magazine and a senior editor for 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 02, 2015

Jaguar Lowers Prices in Bid to Increase Sales

Jaguar sold 15,773 units in the U.S. last year. BMW delivered 395,850. “Clearly, we are not at scale,” says the head of Jaguar’s North American operations....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 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 Final Inspection Aug 10, 2015

Information Technology Making Mean Streets Less Mean

While private vehicle ownership is not particularly desirable, it can be regulated economically while complementing growth of the transportation ‟sharing economy,” specialists in urban mobility say....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 May 08, 2015

Remembering Automotive Pioneer Denise McCluggage

In a memorable drive along the Le Mans race course that followed the Mediterranean coastline on our way to Nice, Denise filled my head with raucous stories of her many races and the famous drivers she knew from the early days....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 Aug 31, 2015

Why Are CUVs So Popular?

There’s a big difference between CUVs and SUVs. The first typically is unibody with limited off-road capabilities; the other usually is body-on-frame with good off-road capabilities....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 05, 2015

VW, Audi Excluded From 10 Best Engines Testing

Caught red-handed in a scheme that pollutes the environment, as well as its own corporate culture, the Volkswagen Group will be suspended from participating in the Ward’s 10 Best Engines competition until further notice....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 Apr 08, 2015

Volvo’s Decision to Build U.S. Plant a Head-Scratcher

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson says the company can’t become a true global automaker without an industrial presence in the U.S....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 21, 2015

The Prius Will Be OK

Given today's slew of alternative-powertrain vehicles, some are busy writing the Prius's obituary. But there's no green model that has sold as well for as long, and with as much reliability....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 08, 2015

New Biography: Mary Barra Earned Her Way to Top at GM

What makes the CEO’s story all the more compelling is that she grew up in a middle-class GM family and wound up leading the world’s second-largest automaker....More
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