Eastern Europe


Romania to recall VW Group cars, review emissions taxes

Oct. 1, 2015 15:11 CET

Romanian dealerships will recall new and used cars involved in the VW Group diesel-emissions scandal for repairs after the German transport ministry sends its Romanian counterpart an action plan on Oct. 7, Romania's transport minister said.... Read More »


VW emissions scandal will curb Czech, Hungarian growth, report says

Sept. 30, 2015 15:02 CET

The Czech and Hungarian economies will be hit hard by Volkswagen's diesel-emissions scandal, analysts say. VW owns the Czech Republic's biggest carmaker, Skoda, and produces engines in Hungary.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover plant would boost Slovak growth next year, minister says

Sept. 22, 2015 12:33 CET

Jaguar Land Rover's plan to build a plant in Slovakia would give a much-needed boost to economic growth in the country next year, the country's finance minister said. JLR selected Slovakia over locations in Europe, the U.S and Mexico for its new factory, but said a final decision will come later this year.... Read More »

Renault sticks to goal of consolidating Russia's AvtoVAZ in 2016

Sept. 18, 2015 15:42 CET

Renault is sticking to a goal of adding Russian affiliate AvtoVAZ to its books next year, even with the plunge in the country's car market. AvtoVAZ builds and sells Lada cars and is Russia's largest automaker.... Read More »


BLOG: 'Fortress Europe' under threat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Having the world's toughest CO2 emissions standards has helped keep China and Russia's low-cost competitors out of the European market. So trying to postpone, tame or reduce even tougher future emissions limits being considered by the EU may be a big mistake by Europe's automakers.... Read More »

Russian car-sales decline slows to 19% in August

Sept. 8, 2015 15:15 CET

Russian new-car sales fell for an eighth successive month in August, underscoring the country's deepening slide into economic recession, even as a weakening currency encouraged some consumers to spend.... Read More »

Ford, GM, JLR, China's Lifan make big changes to European car assembly footprint

Sept. 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford, GM, JLR and China's Lifan have made the biggest moves affecting European production in the past year. Automotive News Europe's new Guide to European Assembly Plants features data on more than 140 plants.... Read More »

VW, Ford open engine plants in Russia amid market plunge

Sept. 4, 2015 11:02 CET

Volkswagen and Ford are sticking with long-planned investments in Russian engine factories even as car sales there head toward a six-year low... Read More »

VW considers exporting Russia-built cars as market slumps

Aug. 26, 2015 18:50 CET

Volkswagen may export Russia-built cars to other countries to offset collapsing sales in the crisis-hit market. The automaker builds VW brand and Skoda vehicles at its Russian plant south of Moscow.... Read More »

U.S. watchdog joins German investigation of Ford, report says

Aug. 18, 2015 18:07 CET

The United States' securities watchdog is helping German prosecutors to investigate the alleged payment of bribes by Ford to speed the passage of containers through Russian customs, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Toyota ends Land Cruiser production in Russia but remains bullish on market's prospects

Aug. 18, 2015 12:31 CET

Toyota has ended production of the Land Cruiser Prado SUV in Russia but will not pull out of the crisis-hit market. The company said its plan to double annual output at its St. Petersburg plant is still on track.... Read More »


Automakers in Russia left with nowhere to turn as economic woes deepen

Aug. 18, 2015 11:08 CET

Automakers building cars in Russia such as VW and Ford have been hit as the ruble's steep decline increases the cost of foreign parts they import. Companies are being forced to increase car prices despite the country's economic crisis that leaves consumers with little money for big purchases.... Read More »


BLOG: Why Jaguar Land Rover picked 'Detroit East'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover's selection of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly.... Read More »


Why JLR picked 'Detroit East'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover's selection last week of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover plans new plant in Slovakia

Aug. 11, 2015 10:39 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a letter of intent to build a new car plant in Nitra, western Slovakia. JLR will carry out a feasibility study for the factory, which is expected to open in 2018 and reach an annual output of up to 300,000 vehicles by 2025.... Read More »

Russian car sales slump eases on gov't incentives

Aug. 10, 2015 23:59 CET

Russian car sales dropped at the slowest pace since their slump resumed in January as the government used subsidies and other incentives to counter falling consumption.... Read More »

Lifan starts work on assembly plant in Russia

Aug. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Chongqing Lifan Industry has started work on an assembly plant in Russia's western state of Lipetsk Oblast to build up to 60,000 Lifan cars a year from complete knockdown kits imported from China,... Read More »


AvtoVAZ CEO Andersson foresees sales surge from key Lada debuts

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Former General Motors purchasing chief Bo Andersson faced a massive task when he was hired to turn around AvtoVAZ, Russia's automotive giant, two years ago. Despite the challenge of a slumping Russian market, Andersson is bullish about the future of the company that builds Lada cars.... Read More »

Production cost savings lure suppliers to Eastern Europe

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Thanks to lower production costs, suppliers continue to head to Eastern Europe, often following the trail of their customers.... Read More »

Mitsubishi will focus production on Japan, Russia, S.E. Asia after closing U.S. plant

July 27, 2015 08:42 CET

Mitsubishi will focus production on Japan, Russia and Southeast Asia after closing its U.S. plant, the automaker's president, Tetsuro Aikawa, said. Mitsubishi currently builds cars in Thailand and the Philippines and will open a factory in Indonesia.... Read More »

Opel will shorten hours at two German plants

July 17, 2015 17:29 CET

Opel will shorten working hours at two German plants after exiting the plunging Russian auto market and because of moderate demand in Europe.... Read More »

Ford expects Russian market to stabilize

July 14, 2015 11:35 CET

Russia's auto market could stabilize in the second half, said the head of Ford's Russian venture, Ted Cannis, halting a slide in sales fueled by the country's economic downturn.... Read More »

Russia weighs further support for auto industry

July 10, 2015 10:05 CET

Russia's government is weighing whether to inject up to 10 billion rubles ($176 million) of additional support for local automakers to stem the plunge in car sales, Industry Minister Denis Manturov said. "We've seen positive results from programs we're subsidizing," he added.... Read More »

Toyota's Turkey unit hit hard by Russia slump

July 9, 2015 10:12 CET

Toyota's Turkish unit saw first-half exports slump by 30 percent as the weaker ruble hit Russia's car market, but the unit's CEO hopes to pare losses via additional domestic sales and by boosting exports to Europe.... Read More »

Russian car sales could fall 36% in 2015, AEB says

July 8, 2015 15:56 CET

New-car sales in Russia are expected to fall 36 percent in 2015, the Association of European Businesses lobby group said, revising downward its previous forecast that the country's full-year volume would decline 25 percent. The more pessimistic outlook follows Russia's 30 percent sales decrease in June.... Read More »

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