Eastern Europe

Jaguar Land Rover in talks on plant in Poland or Slovakia

July 3, 2015 18:20 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has made Poland one of two finalists for an auto factory, Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said. Poland is competing with Slovakia to provide a site for the plant, which would produce 350,000 vehicles a year starting in 2019, he said.... Read More »

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BLOG: Citroen CEO sees positive changes for women in auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2015

One year into her role as Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says she hasn't encountered any prejudice as a woman working a man's world. In fact, she says it's an advantage.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ chief Andersson in struggle with Soviet-era suppliers

June 23, 2015 13:23 CET

AvtoVAZ Chairman Bo Andersson is fighting back against Russian suppliers he says are hindering his efforts to improve quality and cut purchasing costs at Lada, the country's best-selling car brand. AvtoVAZ resumed production today at its plant in Togliatti after output was suspended because of problems with the supply of parts.... Read More »

GM to keep profitable JV in Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

General Motors and AvtoVAZ will keep their profitable Russian joint venture, AvtoVAZ CEO Bo Andersson said. GM is ending sales of mainstream Chevrolet models and all Opel cars in Russia, and closing its St. Petersburg factory, after sales slumped in the country's economic crisis.... Read More »

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Most Russian car plants are uncompetitive, AvtoVAZ CEO says

June 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Most car plants in Russia are not cost competitive because they are not producing enough vehicles, AvtoVAZ chief Bo Andersson said.... Read More »

Czech car industry revenue rises 15% to new record in 2014

June 12, 2015 21:05 CET

The Czech car sector's revenue rose 15 percent to a record 991 billion crowns ($41 billion) in 2014, the country's Automotive Industry Association (AutoSAP) said, helped by a big increase in overall local production by automakers such as Skoda, Hyundai, Toyota and PSA.... Read More »

Russian car sales fell 38% in May as ruble gains eased pressure

June 8, 2015 16:33 CET

Russian car sales slumped 38 percent in May, but the drop was not as bad as the country's 42 percent decline in April as government measures to assist the industry start to provide some help.... Read More »

Nissan bullish that Russian market will rebound

June 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Nissan Europe sales boss Guillaume Cartier remains bullish about the brand's future in Russia, where it continues to launch fresh product despite the market's 38 percent sales slump through April.... Read More »

Ford appoints UK boss Ovenden as new Russia chief

June 2, 2015 14:23 CET

Ford named Russian market veteran Mark Ovenden as the new CEO of its joint venture in the country. Ovenden's task will be to turn around the automaker's troubled Russian operations that have been hit by the country's industrywide slump.... Read More »

Bentley expands in hard-hit Russia with third dealership

June 2, 2015 16:30 CET

Bentley has added its third dealership in Moscow as the carmaker anticipates that wealthier Russians will shrug off an impending recession and buy its upcoming Bentayga SUV.... Read More »

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A tale of 2 production booms

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 1, 2015

It's easy to view Mexico's auto manufacturing ascendancy as an encore of last decade's production boom in central Europe.... Read More »

BMW partner will build X4 in Russia from U.S. kits

May 31, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW will add production of the X4 SUV in Russia with local partner Avtotor using kits shipped from the automaker's U.S. plant. BMW and rival Mercedes-Benz are keen on Russian production despite the market's downturn to avoid import tariffs.... Read More »

Skoda fined 1.77 million euros for margin fixing

May 29, 2015 12:01 CET

Skoda has been fined 1.77 million euros for margin fixing with distributors in 2011 and 2012.... Read More »

Russian car sales fall 42% to lowest April level for a decade

May 13, 2015 15:17 CET

Russian new-car sales fell 42 percent in April, the lowest level for the month in a decade, as the country's economy continued to be hit by Western sanctions, low oil prices and a weak currency.... Read More »

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Nissan exec predicts more Europe profits despite Russia

May 6, 2015 06:15 CET

Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox has led the brand to new highs in sales and market share. But despite a sharp rise in 2015 volume, Nissan's No. 1 market in the region, Russia, is giving Willcox headaches, as he explained to Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

BMW postpones Russia assembly plant decision

May 6, 2015 11:58 CET

BMW said it had postponed a decision about whether to build an assembly plant in Russia because of the uncertainty caused by the economic crisis.... Read More »

Russia may ease ruble risk for foreign automakers

May 5, 2015 08:44 CET

Russia's government is planning to introduce measures to reduce the risk of ruble volatility for foreign automakers that have localized production in the country, a report said. After several years of growth in excess of 10 percent, car sales in Russia have plunged on a weaker ruble, dampened by Western sanctions over Ukraine and a slide in oil prices.... Read More »

Bitter rivals at home, GM and Ford taking different roads abroad

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

General Motors and Ford, Detroit's two venerable rivals, usually compete toe-to-toe in everything they do. But in Russia, they are headed in radically different directions.... Read More »

Skoda, unions agree on 3.5% wage hike

April 24, 2015 13:10 CET

Skoda has reached an agreement with workers on a 3.5 percent wage hike, the carmaker's main union group said. Unions threatened to strike last week after seeking a higher deal than the 3 percent offered by the automaker.... Read More »

Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local JV

April 10, 2015 11:58 CET

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support. The automaker started production of its latest Mondeo at its St. Petersburg plant, the first of at least four new models the company plans to launch in Russia this year.... Read More »

Ford bullish on Russia as it takes control of local joint venture

6:00 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2015

Ford says it has confidence in the Russian market despite collapsing vehicle sales. Ford is taking control of its Russian joint venture with Sollers and providing it with additional financial support. The automaker today started production of its latest Mondeo at its St. Petersburg plant, the first of at least four new models the company plans to launch in Russia this year.... Read More »

Daimler nearing decision on Russian Mercedes plant, report says

April 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler has narrowed down potential sites for a Mercedes car plant in Russia to three locations, according to a Russian media report. Daimler will likely make a decision next month on whether to build Mercedes cars in the country where its vehicle sales are increasing despite the market's steep downturn, the report said.... Read More »

Skoda unions issue strike threat over pay demands

April 9, 2015 12:53 CET

Unions at Skoda, Volkswagen's Czech unit, warned that they may strike after rejecting the company's offer for a 3 percent pay rise.... Read More »

Russian new-car sales fall 43% as economy slides

April 8, 2015 15:00 CET

Russian new-car sales fell 43 percent last month as a weak currency, falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine push the economy into recession.... Read More »

Russian auto sales plunge 43% as economy contracts

8:46 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

Russian car sales fell 43 percent last month, as the economy slides into recession. Sales of new cars and light commercial vehicles shrank to 139,850 units in March from 243,332 a year earlier, the Association of European Businesses in Russia said today in a statement.... Read More »

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