Byron Pope

Associate Editor,

Byron covers Ford, FCA and the Mexican market.

Fiat 500X Right Car at Right Time
The Fiat 500X CUV is tailored toward U.S. consumers and resides in a segment expected to grow markedly over the next several years.
'16 Fiat 500X
Fiat hopes the 500X will appeal to U.S. consumers after previous vehicle entries have failed to generate large sales volumes.
Ford GT350 5.2L a Road Map for Future Engines
“Ford Performance now is considered an innovation laboratory for all of Ford Motor,” says Chief Engineer Jamal Hameedi.
FCA US Posts 7.6% Sales Increase in May, Despite Drops by Fiat, Dodge
The Chrysler, Jeep and Ram brands had exceptional performances, with sales gains of 29.8%, 17.8% and 14.6%, respectively.
Volvo Cites Logistics as Primary Reason for U.S. Plant Site
Volvo in the next few weeks will announce what vehicle it will produce at its new plant, which is to begin output in 2018.
Mexico Presents Opportunities, Challenges
Automotive production in Mexico will reach 4.4 million units by 2019, a 2.9% increase from 2014, according to Plante Moran.
Ford Cuts Back in China, But Hopes High for Future in Asia-Pacific
Ford expects 60% of its global sales will come from the Asia-Pacific region, primarily China, India and the ASEAN markets, in the next 10 years.
Fiat Expects 500X to Become Volume Leader
The Fiat 500X resides in the Small CUV segment, expected to be among the fastest-growing sectors in the U.S.
Ford Reveals Pro Trailer Backup Assist System for F-150
The system allows the trailer to be maneuvered with the twist of a knob while the truck automatically steers its wheels and limits vehicle speed.
Luxury Automakers Seek Differentiation
Mainstream automakers now are incorporating woods and leathers into their vehicles, leaving luxury marques scrambling to differentiate their offerings.
Good Design More Than Skin Deep, Ford’s Callum Says
Ford design director Moray Callum says the GT supercar illustrates that a design philosophy, if it really works, can translate to other objects.
Ford GT Supercar Collaborative Effort
Ford engineers and designers were given just 14 months to design and develop the new GT supercar.
Ford Shelby GT350 Best Mustang Ever, Performance Director Says  3
The Ford Shelby GT350, set to launch later this year, comes with a litany of upgrades over the all-new ’15 Mustang GT with performance pack.
Ford’s New Products Propel April Sales
Ford April sales rose 6.4% compared with like-2014 to 217,745 units, according to WardsAuto data.
FCA US Turns in Strong April Performance With 6.3% Gain
Deliveries of the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan skyrocketed 348.4% to 18,850 units, the largest year-over-year percentage gain of an FCA US vehicle in April.


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