James M. Amend

M. Amend
Associate Editor,

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.


GM Drops New Turbo-4 Into Chevy Silverado 4
The redesigned Silverado will offer a 4-cyl. engine with cylinder deactivation – unimaginable in fullsize pickups not long ago – while V-8s also will benefit from a sophisticated new cylinder-deactivation technology.
Hyundai Kona Cabin Seismic Event for Compacts
WardsAuto judges were impressed by a lengthy list of advanced driver assistance items, user-friendly controls and a wonderful infotainment gateway, although they kept returning to the little car’s heaping helping of pizzazz.
Get Your Game On In Future GM Vehicles 1
The GM Innovation Group is a 2-year-old R&D unit where the mission is to re-imagine transportation with an eye 10 years down the road but sharply focused on fattening the bottom line.
GM Uses Cloud Computing, AI to Lighten Up 2
The technique provides GM with opportunities to reduce vehicle mass and consolidate parts it otherwise could not achieve through traditional design optimization methods, the automaker says.
New Jeep Wrangler Boosts FCA US Sales
FCA delivered 183,159 light vehicles over 24 selling days last month, compared with 174,829 over 26 days in the same period last year, according to Wards Intelligence data
GM Sticking to Cars Despite Market, Rival Moves
“The segments are still significant,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra says. “Because we’ve made the investments, we need to deploy little to no capital going forward, so we view (cars) as an opportunity.”
Bosch Says Tech Breakthrough Cleans Up Diesels 3
Bosch says its new technology, on average, emits no more than 13 mg of NOx per kilometer, which is far less than the 120 mg permitted by European standards after 2020.
Not Moving Fast Enough, de Nysschen Out at Cadillac 3
Steve Carlisle, a GM lifer beginning his career in 1982 at the Oshawa, Canada, assembly plant, replaces de Nysschen. Carlisle has trotted the globe for GM over his 36 years with the automaker.
’18 Hyundai Kona Ready for Small CUV Battle
The Korean automaker smartly took its time to develop a U.S.-specific vehicle with the Kona and pays off with expressive styling, a superb level of available content, buttoned-up driving dynamics and pricing that does not break the bank.
Cadillac Chases Autobahn Eaters With CT6 V-Sport 3
The CT6 V-Sport will retain its refined ride, GM says, and focus on a niche of luxury buyers who want the creamy, seemingly endless power only a V-8 can deliver.
The Complicated Role of Artificial Intelligence in Future Vehicles 
AI is expected to one day be a decision-making superhero, fusing information from a roster of autonomous-vehicle sensors and a connected transportation ecosystem to deliver us to work or play safely and leisurely.
GM Rejoins Conventional-Cab, Medium-Duty Market
The Detroit automaker calls its group of Class 4, Class 5 and Class 6 conventional cab trucks the most customer-focused offering in the market.
Trump Steel Tariff Stokes Pricing Fears, Sort of 2
The measure would give U.S. makers greater pricing power, which some fear automakers already managing high costs and relatively thin margins may have to pass on to consumers.
’19 GMC Sierra Difference Maker, GM Says
The new Sierra large pickup comes on the heels of January’s reveal of the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado, with which it shares its structural bones. But that’s where the likeness ends, GM Vice President Mark Reuss says.
GM’s February U.S. Sales Meet Headwind 3
The Detroit automaker sold 220,905 light vehicles last month on a daily basis, compared with 237,251 in the same period a year ago, according to Wards Intelligence data.