Byron Pope

Associate Editor,

Byron covers Ford and the Mexican market.

New 200 Better Prepared to Take on Top Competitors, Chrysler Says
The ’15 Chrysler 200 is based on the automaker’s CUS-wide platform, which also underpins the Dodge Dart, Jeep Cherokee and Alfa Romeo Giulia.
Automakers Wary of Russia Crisis, But Long-Term Damage Unlikely 
Foreign-owned automotive operations in Russia are a significant driver of the economy, making it unlikely President Vladimir Putin would allow production to be disrupted.
Unclear Whether Ford Gained Advantage Over Industry With Aluminum F-150, Experts Say 2
Experts agree aluminum usage is on the rise in the automotive industry, but will face competition from advanced steels and alternative powertrains as automakers seek to increase fuel economy.
Ford Increasing Virtual Crash-Test Capability 
Ford began live crash testing in 1954, 12 years before it was required by the government. The automaker to date has executed 31,000 crash tests globally at four different facilities.
Ford to Shift Medium-Duty Truck Production From Mexico to Ohio
Ford is investing $168 million to retool its Avon Lake plant, which currently produces the E-Series van and other commercial vehicles.
Despite Complaints, Downsized Engines Here to Stay, Experts Say 
Vehicle owners are increasingly complaining about engine and transmission issues, according to the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study.
Sluggish Dodge Dart Sales Lead to Plant Layoffs
The automaker says 325 workers at its Belvidere, IL, assembly plant have been laid off to balance vehicle supply with current sales demand.
Chrysler to Build Next-Gen Minivan in Canada
Chrysler says its capital allocation decisions will be continuously monitored to ensure the competitiveness of Canada as a global manufacturer.
Ford Fleet Shortage Hampers February Sales
Lincoln deliveries in February were up 36%, largely on the back of the MKZ midsize sedan and MKX CUV, which posted increases of 222.1% and 8.3%, respectively.
Ford Mustang Designers Never Intended to Emulate Evos Concept 
Ford marketing manager says global customers said they wanted the same Mustang that was offered to American buyers.
Volvo Concept Estate Signals XC90 Direction
Volvo Concept Estate highlights the automaker’s current interior design direction with a large touchscreen replacing traditional controls.
Lincoln Integrates Tree-Based Material in MKX CUV
Wood used for the part is sourced from Weyerhaeuser, one of the largest forest-product companies in the U.S.
Volvo Gets Back in Game With New S60, V60
With the S60, V60 and XC60, Volvo is introducing a new family of 4-cyl. forced-induction engines dubbed Drive-E.
'15 Volvo S60, V60
Volvo introduces refreshed versions of its S60 sports sedan and V60 wagon, both of which receive the automaker's next-generation of fuel-efficient 4-cyl. engines.
Ford Focus Gets Facelift, New Engine
The Focus gets its first design change since 2010, when the current generation was launched as an ’11 model.
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