James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.


’18 Buick Regal TourX Some Kind of Finisher
The TourX shines most getting you to your getaway rather than into the heart of it and, unlike the high-roof SUVs and CUVs, you can reach the bike or kayak stored on top without a step stool or scraping the sill plate with your Timberlands.
GM Cranks Up Advanced Design Work
The unit has broadened the work it does inside the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC rooms to plot the future of those brands and meet the increasingly specific demands of consumers.
GM Reiterates Bright Outlook, But Must Address Korea
Analysts blame uncompetitive pricing for the Chevrolet brand in Korea, a result of the unit’s high manufacturing costs and low productivity from underutilized assembly plants.
GM’s January U.S. Sales Reflect Truck-Hungry Market
GM sold 198,548 light vehicles in January, compared with 195,827 last year, according to WardsAuto data. In terms of straight volume, the automaker’s deliveries grew 1.4%.
Chevy Corvette ZR1 Posts New VIR Lap Record
GM says the Corvette ZR1, the latest and likely final variant from the current-generation car, recently ran VIR’s 4.1-mile (6.6-km) Grand Course West in a blistering 2:37.25.
’18 Buick Regal Sportback Parachutes Into White Space
In a market snapping up CUVs and SUVs with seemingly unquenchable demand while turning their noses up at old-fashion sedans such as the previous-generation Regal, GM thinks shoppers may embrace an alternative to those increasingly cookie-cutter products.
Cadillac’s Next Best Chance Begins Now 2
The brand is nine months away from its pivotal product offensive beginning with the XT4 small CUV. Quick on the heels of the XT4 is a third CUV slightly larger than the current XT5.
Storage Almost Full: Driverless Cars Create Data Crunch
Twitter’s 270 million users produce about 100 GB of data per day. A single autonomous test vehicle produces about 30 TB per day, which is 3,000 times the scope of Twitter’s daily data.
GM Wooing Top Tech Talent, Ammann Says
Detroit automakers yoked by a Rust Belt industrial stereotype historically have struggled to land new graduates, such as the rare data scientists who find Silicon Valley more appealing.
GM Outlook Positive, But New Truck Launch Costly
CFO Chuck Stevens says the truck launch will increase GM’s capital spending to the $8.5 billion range, which is in line with the elevated investment of recent years.
Nissan’s Munoz Forecasts Stable 2018 Sales
“We are pleased to see that the U.S. economy is quite strong, all the fundamentals are there, so we are betting on a stable market around 16.9 million or 17 million units,” the executive tells WardsAuto.
Schaeffler Sticks to Its Guns Amid Mobility Uproar
Schaeffler, an industrial company with €14 billion in annual sales, instead will continue to focus on hardware, CEO Klaus Rosenfeld says.
New Chevy Silverado Display of GM’s Power, Barra Says
While the automaker has yet to sell an autonomous vehicle, the Silverado accounted for 585,864 deliveries in 2017. It is GM’s best-selling vehicle and a goose that has been laying golden eggs for the automaker for 100 years.
2018 Winner: Infiniti Q50 3.0L Twin Turbo DOHC V-6
The VR V-6 knocks out zero-to-60 in less than five seconds, never seems at a loss for extra punch at highway speeds and its responsive throttle repeatedly brought out the mischievous child in WardsAuto judges.
2018 Winner: Chrysler Pacifica 3.6L Pentastar DOHC V-6 eHybrid 5
The heart and soul of the industry’s only hybrid minivan is a Fiat Chrysler propulsion system mating the automaker’s stellar 3.6L Pentastar V-6 with an FCA-developed dual-motor, electrically variable transmission.