Byron Pope

Associate Editor,

Byron covers Ford, FCA and the Mexican market.

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.
Automakers Must Adapt to Changing World, Experts Say
OEMs must work with other industries, including consumer electronic firms and software companies, panelists advise.
Functional System Safety Critical as Vehicles Grow More Complex
Automakers and their supplier partners must create a system safety-validation plan that clearly defines who is responsible for what during the product-creation process, panelists say.
Safety is Primary Benefit of Autonomous Vehicles, Researchers Say
GM researcher Gary Smyth says technology that will be developed in the next 10 years will eclipse what the automotive industry has achieved over the past 30 years.
New ’15 Ford Edge Stands Out in Crowded CUV Segment 3
The ’15 Edge retains its 3-bar grille, but now has more space between the bars and is hexagonal instead of rectangular.
FCA to Build Two New Engines at Italy Plant
FCA is investing $540 million to retool the plant, including the addition of new production lines.
Ford Deliveries Flat in March Despite Strong Mustang, Van Sales
Focus C-car and Fiesta B-car deliveries plummeted 11.0% and 21.9%, respectively, while the Fusion posted an 8.3% drop.
FCA US Sales up 5.4% in March on Strength of Jeep, Chrysler and Ram
The Ram truck brand had its best March sales since 2007, although deliveries of the Ram pickup were flat compared with year-ago.
Automakers Scrambling to Keep Afloat in Volatile Russian Market 3
Russian analysts say most automakers will stay in the market despite the country’s uncertain political and economic picture.
Ford Touts Technology, Design, Dynamics of ’15 Edge
The ’15 model comes with a number of technology features, including active-grille shutters, adaptive-cruise control, start-stop and active-park assist.
Ford Changan Opens New Assembly Plant
The plant plays a key role in Ford’s plan to increase global sales 45%-55% by 2020.
Ford No Stranger to Aluminum 1
Ford in 1992 began experimenting with aluminum with its Aluminum Intensive Vehicle program.
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