Byron Pope

Byron
Pope
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

Byron covers Ford, FCA and the Mexican market.

Articles
Mazda Bullish on CX-3
Mazda North American chief predicts B-segment CUVs will be one of the fastest-growing segments over the next two years.
B-Segment CUVs
B-segment CUV sales in the U.S. are expected to jump to 627,559 this year, representing a 3.0% slice of the market.
Hyundai Veloster Receives Upgrades, New Rally Edition Unveiled
Veloster turbo gets Hyundai’s Active Sound Design, which accentuates powertrain sound for a more engaging driving experience.
Product Assault, SCR Fix Behind Mazda’s Diesel Delay 1
Mazda says the engine meets all environmental standards without aftertreatment, but adding such a system will help improve performance.
Hyundai Elantra GT Gets Refresh
The Elantra GT receives a new front grille and projector headlamps that are more consistent with Hyundai’s newer models.
Chrysler Confident in Success of Next-Generation Town & Country
FCA beginning Feb. 14 is shutting down its Windsor, ON, Canada, plant for 14 weeks to accommodate production of the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan.
Kia Trail’ster Concept Could Head to Production
Consumer feedback will determine whether Kia builds a production version of the Trail’ster concept unveiled at the auto show here.
Ram Laramie Limited Tests Limit of Pickup Luxury
Ram CEO Bob Hegbloom says the brand is exploring the high end of luxury pickups with the new Laramie offering.
Ford’s Fields Says Ready to Discuss CAFE Rules 2
Ford CEO Mark Fields says consumers are not embracing fuel-efficient technologies at the expected rate.
Marchionne Says Europe Stabilizing, China Increasingly Competitive
FCA’s top executive expects a “significant year of recovery” for the automaker in Europe this year.
Ram CEO Says 29-MPG EcoDiesel Pickups Will Be Plentiful
Ram CEO Bob Hegbloom says consumers have been asking for the EcoDiesel engine in other body configurations.
Jeep CEO Expects Sales Momentum to Continue After Record 2014
Jeep CEO Mike Manley says the brand’s next goal is to sell 1.9 million units annually by 2018.
Falling Gasoline Prices Hurting Small-Car Sales, Ford’s Hinrichs Says
Joe Hinrichs, president-The Americas, says low fuel prices and a consumer shift toward CUVs and SUVs have put a dent in small-car sales.
Ford Confident in Pickup Path
Ford marketing chief Doug Scott says the midsize pickup segment remains small and the high cost of diesel engines and fuel are cost-prohibitive.
Volvo Aims to Regain Safety Reputation in U.S.
Volvo marketing and sales chief Alain Visser says the automaker’s reputation as safety leader in U.S. has slipped amid increased competition.
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