Eastern Europe

Russia car sales fall 15% in May

June 8, 2016 16:01 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8.5 percent fall in April, but an industry body believes the economy may have reached its lowest point and might even grow in 2017.... Read More »

Czech car industry needs more workers to grow, automotive group says

June 2, 2016 15:52 CET

A lack of workers is acting as a brake on growth for the Czech car industry, an automotive group said. The body estimates that the Czech industry as a whole, of which automakers are a major part, currently needs an additional 52,000 employees.... Read More »

PSA, Kia forecast higher production in Slovakia

May 19, 2016 17:48 CET

PSA and Kia forecast higher production at their plants in Slovakia this year. The country is home to three car factories and will see a Jaguar Land Rover plant open in 2018.... Read More »

Russia's Detroit blames Renault-Nissan for its decline

May 14, 2016 06:01 CET

In the heartland of Russia's struggling auto industry, people blame Renault-Nissan, the majority owner of AvtoVAZ, for their economic hardship, not their country's rulers.... Read More »

Russia car sales fall to 10-year low

May 12, 2016 15:14 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 8.5 percent in April to their lowest level in 10 years as the market continued to feel the pressure of an economic crisis fueled by lower oil prices and Western sanctions over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.... Read More »

Daimler plans Mercedes engine factory in Poland

May 4, 2016 10:30 CET

Daimler said it plans to invest about 500 million euros ($575 million) in a new engine factory in Poland to broaden its production footprint outside its German home market.... Read More »

Skoda unions approve wage agreement with management, labor boss says

April 21, 2016 11:00 CET

Skoda unions have approved an agreement with management on wage hikes that will see tariffs rise by 3.5 percent as of April and another 3 percent in January 2017.... Read More »

Ghosn will give up AvtoVAZ chairmanship amid restructuring

April 18, 2016 14:36 CET

Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Renault and Nissan, will give up the chairmanship of AvtoVAZ, a further sign that the alliance's hold on the Russian automaker, in which it holds a majority share, has been weakened by recent tensions over AvtoVAZ's restructuring.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Sergio's boss renews push for merger

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2016

Sergio's boss renews push for merger with 'big guys'; BMW 7-series recall; Infiniti teases crossover; Mustang hot in Germany; Ford's faith in Russia; High-tech cars targets for terrorists?... Read More »

Ford mulls new Russia investment as first-quarter sales jump 93%

April 14, 2016 12:23 CET

Ford is studying new investments in Russia in a bet that the country's economy will recover. The Russian market could still become Europe's biggest, said Mark Ovenden, Ford's top executive in Russia.... Read More »

Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows

April 8, 2016 15:31 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leading business group in the country to forecast that the market is close to hitting bottom.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

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

Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “proud” of what he and staff achieved and that the experience “strengthened my belief in dealing with data and not opinions.”... Read More »

Volvo to recall 3,316 cars in Russia, agency says

April 1, 2016 12:40 CET

Volvo will recall 3,316 vehicles built this year on possible faults with the cars' electronic systems, the country's technical safety watchdog said today.... Read More »

Audi workers in Hungary threaten to strike over pay

March 30, 2016 13:52 CET

Workers at Audi's factory in Hungary are threatening to strike unless they get a back-dated pay rise and other benefits. A strike would hit production of A3 and TT models built at the plant.... Read More »

Daimler plans to boost efficiency at Hungary compact car plant

March 23, 2016 13:06 CET

Daimler said it will invest 250 million euros to improve the flexibility and efficiency of its Mercedes plant in Kecskemet, Hungary. The factory builds three Mercedes compact cars.... Read More »

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia

March 21, 2016 16:18 CET

Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania.... Read More »

Daimler may pick Poland instead of Russia for new car plant, reports say

March 18, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler is considering Poland instead of Russia for a Mercedes car plant, reports in the Polish and German press said. The automaker is looking at a Polish site rejected by Jaguar Land Rover when the UK company opted for Slovakia for its new factory.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ's new boss faces a tough job at Russian carmaker

March 16, 2016 10:28 CET

Nicolas Maure, brought in to turn around Renault-Nissan's Russian carmaker, AvtoVAZ, faces a tough challenge at a company where his predecessor, Bo Andersson, failed to stop sales from falling and could not overcome powerful vested interests among shareholders, suppliers and workers.... Read More »

Renault Romania chief Maure to become AvtoVAZ CEO

March 15, 2016 12:42 CET

Nicolas Maure, the head of Renault's Romanian business, will replace Bo Andersson as CEO of AvtoVAZ, Russia's biggest automaker.... Read More »

Renault Romania chief to become AvtoVAZ CEO, report says

March 15, 2016 10:25 CET

Nicolas Maure, the head of Renault's Romanian subsidiary Dacia, will replace Bo Andersson as CEO of Lada owner AvtoVAZ, Russia's largest automaker, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Kia eyes steady sales, increased market share in Russia

March 14, 2016 15:43 CET

Kia aims to increase its share of the ailing Russia car market where it is the No. 2 brand by vehicle sales. Kia's investments in local production have allowed it to undercut rivals who rely on costly imported parts.... Read More »

Was Bo Andersson too tough for AvtoVAZ?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 14, 2016

The tougher the challenge, the more Bo Andersson, the former purchasing czar at General Motors, seemed to relish it. But Russia’s recession-plagued auto industry proved more of a challenge than even Andersson could master.... Read More »

Ford, Toyota buck Russian market slump with sales gains

March 10, 2016 12:46 CET

Ford and Toyota had sales gains in an overall Russian market that was down 13 percent in February. A stronger ruble and increased government aid for the auto industry slowed the market's slump.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: At AvtoVAZ, Andersson is a tough act to follow

4:28 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2016

Former top GM executive Bo Andersson looked the ideal candidate to turn around the maker of Lada cars when he became AvtoVAZ's first Western CEO. Now Russia's biggest automaker and its majority owner Renault-Nissan will have a hard time replacing arguably the world's toughest auto executive.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: At AvtoVAZ, Andersson is a tough act to follow

4:28 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2016

Former top GM executive Bo Andersson looked the ideal candidate to turn around the maker of Lada cars when he became AvtoVAZ's first Western CEO. Now Russia's biggest automaker and its majority owner Renault-Nissan will have a hard time replacing arguably the world's toughest auto executive.... Read More »

 
Mercedes takes another swing at EV van niche


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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Mercedes will jump back into the battery-powered delivery van niche in 2018, a move that shows pressure is rising to reduce harmful emissions in Europe's congested cities. ...
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For VW, it's not the crime, it's the coverup

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22 2016

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I am not in the business of weighing sins, but I have noticed -- over the last year as the VW diesel emissions scandal has unfolded -- that all automotive sins are not... ...
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The car as a social evil: Author has hope for driverless future

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21 2016

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Is the automobile a social problem? In author and Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes's view, the car is worse than that -- it's a health and economic problem as well. ...
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Nissan's ProPilot system lightens the load of driving

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20 2016

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Nissan's ProPilot semi-autonomous driving technology can steer around curves and slow down for traff ...
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Why Tesla is a different story

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16 2016

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Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what A ...
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Why GM won't sell 'breakthrough' EV in the UK

Nick Gibbs
7:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14 2016

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General Motors decided not to sell the Ampera-e, its first full EV, in the UK because the automaker was burned by the sales failure of the Ampera plug-in hybrid. ...
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Opel's Ampera bombed, but thankfully for its successor no one noticed


12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13 2016

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One of the eco-friendly highlights premiering at the Paris auto show will be the Ampera-e, Opel's se ...
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Renault movie fishes for new Scenic buyers

Luca Ciferri
8:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8 2016

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To give a modern take on its latest Scenic model, Renault has recruited an Italian movie maker to ma ...
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A year later, VW's diesel cheat proves costly

Christiaan Hetzner
5:52 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2 2016

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A year ago Volkswagen Group confessed in private to U.S. authorities that it had rigged diesel engin ...
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Summer of success for ANE's Rising Stars

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30 2016

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It has been a summer of success for executives identified by as Rising Stars by Automotive News Europe. ...
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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August
New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month. ...
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Russia car sales fall 18% in August
New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 8% in August
New-car sales in Western Europe rose 8.1 percent in August, thanks to increased demand in Italy, Spa ...
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UK sales rise just 3% in August as VW takes big hit
UK passenger car registrations rose by 3.3 percent in August although VW brand's volume fell by 25 p ...
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French, Italy, Spain car sales rise in August
French registrations increased by 6.7 percent in August with most brands reporting gains. Italy sales were up 20 percent while Spanish sales rose 15 percent. ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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BMW taps veteran manager to lead China JV
BMW Group appointed veteran manager Johann Wieland to be CEO of BMW Brilliance Automotive, a 50-50 j ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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