Byron Pope

Associate Editor
WardsAuto

Byron covers Ford and the Mexican market.

Articles by Byron Pope
Mercedes Seeks to Continue Sprinter Success
The new ’14 Sprinter comes standard with a 2.1L 4-cyl. diesel engine producing 161 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque.
Downsized Engines Leading to Increased NVH Issues 3
Active-noise control is a technology increasingly being employed by automakers to address NVH issues.
Silicon Valley, Auto Industry Must Build Bridge, Experts Say
Silicon Valley and the auto industry have much to learn from one another, but there are differences between the two industries that must be overcome.
Convergence of Technology Necessary to Meet Regulations, Experts Say
NHTSA is in the midst of developing tests and regulations for emerging technologies, including public policy issues regarding liability and privacy.
’15 Chrysler 200 Light-Years Beyond Predecessor
Chrysler’s CUS-wide platform underpins the new 200, which is a good start considering the architecture also serves as the basis for the Alfa Romeo Giulia.
'15 Chrysler 200
All-new '15 Chrysler 200 features a new exterior design meant to convey an American, timeless feel the automaker says will distinguish it from competitors.
Chrysler 200 Designers Think Outside the Box
Chrysler 200 exterior designer says team wanted to craft a car that “got people’s attention.”
Global Mustang Customers Share Technology Tastes, Marketing Chief Says 
The ’15 Mustang will be offered in convertible and hardtop body styles with a number of different technologies and two different transmissions and engines.
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.
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