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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 Aug 19, 2014

Dodge Undergoes Brand ‘Purification’

The brand moves from overall mainstream to so-called mainstream-performance....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 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 Retail Front Jul 31, 2014

Tesla Is Wrong, Franchise System Is Better

The biggest irony of the automotive industry is the companies that make cars and trucks don’t know how to sell them....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 Aug 25, 2014

Finally, Voice of Reason

The concept of an autopilot is not new, particularly in aerospace. But Owens notes even the airline industry has never crossed that threshold by placing hundreds of lives solely in the digital hands of a computer....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 Aug 05, 2014

Mercedes Diesel Does It

We drove a Mercedes' M-Class diesel to the annual Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, MI. Our verdict: Diesel does it....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 Aug 04, 2014

The Motor City Is Still the Motor City

Cars and SUVs still are manufactured in the beleaguered city, which is emerging from bankruptcy and whose population has sunk to under 700,000, one-third that of its heyday in the 1950s....More
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