Byron Pope

Associate Editor,

Byron covers Ford and the Mexican market.

Jeep Forging Ahead With Global Expansion, CEO Says
Plans call for producing Jeeps in China with joint-venture partner Guangzhou Automobile Group beginning late next year.
Ford Posts Slight June Uptick Despite Drop by Key Models
The Ford F-Series pickup and Edge and Escape CUVs all posted sales declines in June compared with like-2013.
GM Recall Crisis Creates Ripple Effect on Industry
David E. Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision, a crisis communications agency, says automakers are choosing to err on the side of caution when it comes to issuing recalls.
Fiat’s Poor J.D. Power IQS Results an Anomaly, Executive Says
Jason Stoicevich, Fiat’s U.S. chief, says the brand will perform significantly better in next year’s quality study.
’15 Ford Edge to Launch in Growing Global Segment 1
Ford marketing chief Jim Farley says the Edge buyer spends nearly 40% of their annual income on the purchase price, more than any other segment.
Chrysler to Broaden Use of Stop-Start Systems
Chrysler says the two applications of the technology in the 200 and Cherokee will reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by up to 3%.
Mitsubishi Electric Says FLEXConnect Bridges Infotainment Gap 
Supplier says FLEXConnect infotainment system perfect fit for larger vehicles with multiple occupants.
’15 Volkswagen GTI Carries on Proud Heritage
The VW GTI has never been about straight-line performance, but rather the combination of above-average power for its segment and superb handling.
Great Handling Gives VW Golf Competitive Edge
VW has stepped up its game with the Golf, but the competition in the segment has improved, as well.
Lincoln Interior Designer Seeks Customer Connection 1
Lincoln designer says interiors must appeal to the five senses and create a mood and strong emotional connection with the customer.
Chrysler 8-Speed Transmission Surpasses 1 Million Installations
Over the lifetime of the vehicles equipped with the advanced transmission, owners are expected to save more than 700 million gallons of fuel.
Ford Lowers Fuel Economy Ratings on Hybrids, Fiesta 3
Affected customers will receive a goodwill payment for the estimated average fuel costs of the difference between the two fuel economy labels, with payouts ranging from $150 to $1,050.
Lincoln Plans Smooth MKC Launch 
A Lincoln official says there’s a better launch plan in place for the MKC to avoid issues that plagued the MKZ midsize sedan last year.
Ford Product Replacement Rate Leads Industry, Study Shows 
Ford’s product replacement rate of 111% over the next four years should benefit the automaker with a slight increase in market share.
Ford Advanced Steering to Debut Next Year  1
The automaker says the new system will add to the fun-to-drive characteristic outlined in the “Ford DNA” guidelines.
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