Nanjing, June 18 2019 - BYTON announced that it has further reinforced the company’s executive team with the appointment of Andrew Ball to the position of Vice President of Program Management. In this position, he will be responsible for driving the development of BYTON’s product line in order to deliver high-quality vehicles on time. Within this role, Ball will strengthen the program management processes on a global scale, allowing BYTON to achieve its goals of offering different products, globally, on a single platform, starting with the BYTON M-Byte SUV.
Ball has over 20 years of experience in automotive program management, with most of those years spent at Ford across research and engineering operations in Europe and China. While at Ford, Ball led engineering programs for several key platforms and models delivered across Asia, including the Taurus, Focus, Fiesta, Escort and more. Ball also was key in building global multicultural teams as Ford increased its presence in the flourishing China market.
BYTON CEO Dr. Daniel Kirchert said, “Andrew joins BYTON at exactly the right time, ensuring that the company delivers the premium, smart electric vehicle that has been promised since the global unveil of the M-Byte SUV at CES 2018.”
On May 30, the first M-Byte body in white (BIW) rolled off the brand new BYTON factory weld line. The term “Body in white (BIW) refers to the stage of manufacturing in which the body-components of a car have been joined together. This is the first BIW built with all the design processes that will go into a customer car. The BIW joins nearly 100 M-Byte prototype vehicles being tested to ensure every BYTON meets the most stringent safety and quality standards in China, the US and Europe. Tests currently being conducted include passive safety, powertrain, braking system, NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness), aerodynamics, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) and durability. Forthcoming testing will include active safety, advanced driver assistance systems, high temperature durability, UI/UX and connectivity, among others.
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BYTON aspires to build premium intelligent electric vehicles for the future. Its crafted cars integrate advanced digital technologies to offer customers a smart, connected, comfortable and eco-friendly driving and mobility experience.
BYTON aims to create a premium brand rooted in China which has a global reach. Its global headquarters, intelligent manufacturing base and R&D center are located in Nanjing, China, while its North American headquarters, devoted to intelligent car experience, autonomous driving, whole vehicle integration and other cutting-edge technologies, is based in the Silicon Valley. The company’s vehicle concept and design center is located in Munich. BYTON also has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong to handle external affairs, marketing, sales, design and investor relations.
BYTON’s core management team is made up of the world’s top experts from China, Europe and the U.S., all of whom have held senior management positions in innovative companies such as BMW, Tesla, Google and Apple. Their expertise covers automotive design, automotive engineering and manufacturing, electric powertrain, intelligent connectivity, autonomous driving, user interface and supply chain management among other industry sectors, the sum of which represents BYTON’s strengths in manufacturing premium automobiles that are equipped with high quality internet technologies.
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