Eastern Europe

Thyssenkrupp builds new auto-parts plant in Hungary

Feb. 23, 2016 12:14 CET

German supplier Thyssenkrupp is investing 100 million euros ($110 million) to build a new engine and steering components plant in Hungary. The company currently has a software development center for steering technology in the country and a factory to supply Audi.... Read More »

Ford to add EcoSport, Ka output in Romania, report says

Feb. 16, 2016 12:44 CET

Ford will add production of two models, the Ka minicar and EcoSport small SUV, at its underused plant in Craiova, Romania, a report said.... Read More »

Renault vows to sustain AvtoVAZ after record loss

Feb. 12, 2016 11:46 CET

Renault pledged to support AvtoVAZ, which warned it may not survive without help from shareholders after the collapse of the domestic car market pushed it into a record $930 million loss.... Read More »

Russian new-car sales continue steep decline in January

Feb. 8, 2016 15:45 CET

Russian new-car sales plunged 29 percent last month, extending a collapse from 2015 that is forcing the government to spend billions of rubles more to support the ailing auto industry.... Read More »

Luxury car sales surge in Russia despite crisis

Feb. 3, 2016 16:34 CET

More and more Porsche, Bentley and Rolls-Royce cars are appearing on Russian roads as wealthy buyers take advantage of a weak ruble that means luxury cars are considerably cheaper in Russia than in the U.S.... Read More »

PSA will recall 2,484 cars in Russia over possible problem with electronics

Feb. 2, 2016 14:18 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will recall 2,484 Peugeot 4007 crossovers in Russia because of possible problems with their electronics systems.... Read More »

Hyundai posts first monthly global sales decline since July

6:25 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Hyundai's sales fell for the first time in six months in January, dragged down by demand in emerging markets including China, Brazil and Russia.... Read More »

Russia's car industry will get new gov't subsidies

Jan. 22, 2016 15:01 CET

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree to provide $631.35 million in government subsidies to the country's troubled car industry.... Read More »

2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

The auto world according to Jonas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Give Adam Jonas a mic and a stage, and you better brace for a rat-a-tat-tat of snap judgments.... Read More »

Western automakers hit hard as Russia car sales fell 36% in 2015

Jan. 14, 2016 12:36 CET

Russia's car sales plunged by 36 percent in 2015 in a disastrous year for Western automakers with operations in the country. The pace of the market's decline is set to slow this year, industry insiders said.... Read More »

Daimler still plans Mercedes plant in Russia despite weak market

Jan. 13, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler remains committed to adding a plant in recession-hit Russia to support the 'remarkable' performance of its Mercedes brand, CEO Dieter Zetsche said.... Read More »

Aston Martin mulls Macedonia for car plant, report says

Jan. 11, 2016 14:01 CET

Aston Martin is considering a car plant in Macedonia to build its DBX crossover after the former Yugoslav republic made an improved offer to the carmaker, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Czech new-car sales jump to record in 2015

Jan. 8, 2016 12:17 CET

Czech new-car sales rose 20 percent in 2015 to a record number on the back of a fast-growing economy.... Read More »

CAR CUTAWAY

Suppliers to the new Audi Q7

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory in Bratislava, Slovakia. Output is expected to peak at more than 89,000 units this year, according to IHS Automotive.... Read More »

Toyota, PSA boost joint Czech output 8% in 2015

Jan. 8, 2016 11:49 CET

Toyota and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's factory in the Czech Republic increased production by 8 percent in 2015... Read More »

Hyundai's Czech factory expects to increase production by 2% in 2016

Jan. 4, 2016 17:01 CET

Hyundai's Czech unit aims to boost output by 2.3 percent to 350,000 cars in 2016 after beating production targets last year.... Read More »

Russia to spend $275 million in first half to help car industry

Dec. 29, 2015 20:15 CET

Russia's government will spend $275 million to support the car industry in the first half of 2016. New-car sales in the country took their biggest hit this year in November.... Read More »

Russia car sales may fall 14% in 2016, PwC forecasts

Dec. 26, 2015 12:04 CET

Russian car sales may fall 14 percent next year to 1.1 million if the country's economy heads into a second year of recession, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.... Read More »

Hyundai expected to miss global sales target for first time since 2008

6:33 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Hyundai is poised to sell fewer vehicles than it projected for the first time since the global financial crisis, after an economic slowdown sapped demand in China and emerging-market earnings slumped due to unfavorable exchange rates.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover says Slovakia plant will start production in 2018

Dec. 11, 2015 08:39 CET

Jaguar Land Rover said today it will start production in 2018 at a new $1.5 billion factory in Slovakia. The plant will produce a range of aluminum Jaguar Land Rover vehicles, the automaker said.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover clinches deal with Slovakia on new factory

Dec. 10, 2015 21:24 CET

Jaguar Land Rover reached an agreement with Slovakia on the construction of a new factory with a production capacity of 300,000 cars a year, the country's government said.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover will sign Slovakia plant deal this week, gov't sources say

Dec. 8, 2015 15:19 CET

Jaguar Land Rover and the Slovak government will sign an agreement this week on a production plant in Slovakia, sources said. The automaker signed a letter of intent in August to build the plant, which is expected to produce up to 300,000 cars a year.... Read More »

Russian car sales plunge 43% in November

Dec. 8, 2015 12:47 CET

Russian car sales plunged 43 percent in November, the biggest monthly drop this year, as a weakening ruble continued to hit demand. Ford, GM and Toyota each saw volume decline more than the overall market last month.... Read More »

Ford mulls expanding Russian exports to eastern Europe

Dec. 8, 2015 11:01 CET

Ford may export cars from Russia to eastern Europe to offset the Russian market's deep slump caused by the country's economic crisis. The automaker can produce as many as 350,000 cars a year in Russia and has considerable potential to ramp up exports.... Read More »

VW's global sales fall 5.3% in October amid emissions scandal

10:44 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Global deliveries at Volkswagen AG's namesake passenger-car brand dropped 5.3 percent in October as Europe's largest automaker struggled to contain the fallout from a cascade of emissions-manipulation revelations.... Read More »

 
Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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Lightweighting push puts pressure on leather

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 29 2016

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Automakers' growing desire to cut weight from cars wherever they can is significantly boosting sales of an upmarket leather alternative, says the boss of the company that... ...
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VW's other headache: workers' demand for a 5% pay hike

Christiaan Hetzner
4:06 am U.S. ET | April 20 2016

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Volkswagen has enough money to cover the costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. ...
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VW's tone-deaf management


8:56 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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In view of Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal, it's amazingly tone-deaf and irresponsible that t ...
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Google and Apple can be good for industry, Renault-Nissan connectivity chief says

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13 2016

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Are Google and Apple enablers or disruptors? A little of both, says Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan's head of connected vehicles and mobility services. ...
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Will the Mercedes pickup truck be called X class?

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 8 2016

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Mercedes will preview its upcoming pickup truck at the Paris auto show this autumn, according to a m ...
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Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2016

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Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “ ...
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Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6 2016

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Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someon ...
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PSA demonstrates realistic way of measuring fuel economy

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 2 2016

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PSA says it aims to win back trust from consumers in the wake of VW's emissions-cheating scandal by ...
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VW's Seat profit is actually a loss

Christiaan Hetzner
5:29 am U.S. ET | March 23 2016

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When is making a profit actually a loss? When you're the accountant at VW Group's underperforming Se ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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VW brand trails rivals as Europe sales rise 14% in February
European new-car sales rose 14 percent in February, but Volkswagen lost market share for the sixth m ...
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Nissan Qashqai, Audi Q3 lead continued sales surge for SUVs in Europe
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged 22 percent in Europe last year, outpacing the overall market's 8 ...
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Western Europe car sales rose 14% in February
Western European car sales rose 14 percent in February as key regional markets reported double-digit ...
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European car sales rise 6% in January but VW share hit by diesel scandal
European car sales rose 6.3 percent last month, although Volkswagen, the region's No. ...
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Why French and Germans still believe in the compact minivan sector
Compact minivan sales remain valuable to French and German automakers even though more brands are qu ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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Mini appoints new head of Americas
David Duncan, head of Mini of the Americas, will take on a new role as head of BMW Group's corporate and special sales. ...
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Renault names new finance chief as Thormann retires due to poor health
Renault finance director Dominique Thormann is retiring for health reasons. He will be succeeded by Clotilde Delbos, currently a senior vice president at the automaker. ...
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Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia
Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania. ...
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PSA promotes Italy chief to run Changan JV in China
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen named veteran manager Olivier Mornet as president of its Chongqing Changan Auto ...
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GM appoints veteran Brazilian executive as Europe engineering chief
GM named Brazilian national William Bertagni as head of its European vehicle engineering unit. Berta ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Product launches follow a faster cadence
New model launches are getting faster, more frequent and less certain. They also might be a lot fart ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q7
Assembly of the second-generation Audi Q7 began in February 2015 at the German automaker's factory i ...
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