Byron Pope

Associate Editor,

Byron covers Ford, FCA and the Mexican market.

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 1
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.
Marchionne Pleads Case for Mergers
Sergio Marchionne declines to reveal potential partners or whether he is in discussions with other OEMs, but says financial analysts must play role in promoting the need for industry consolidation.
Lincoln Black Label a Step in the Right Direction
Lincoln manages to get a lot right with the new interiors, but it stumbles in some important areas, particularly fit and finish.
Ford F-150 King Ranch Interior Combines Luxury, Utility 1
The overall execution of the interior is unlike some high-end pickups, many of which seem to have luxury trappings added on rather than flawlessly integrated.
Ford Remains Confident in Russian Market as Profits Plunge
Ford posted a $924 million profit in the first quarter despite a $185 million loss in Europe.
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