Byron Pope

Associate Editor,

Byron covers Ford, FCA and the Mexican market.

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.
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.
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