Eastern Europe

Electric cars threaten to leave behind East European suppliers

Feb. 8, 2018 09:50 CET

Slovakia makes more cars per person than anywhere else in Europe, yet the only EVs being built in the country are e-Up minicars at VW's Bratislava plant. Now there's a growing sense that the country needs to keep up or it will lose out.... Read More »

JANUARY SALES

Renault, Kia and Ford are winners as Russia sales rise 31%

Feb. 6, 2018 14:33 CET

Renault, Kia and Ford were big winners in Russia in January after the new-car market grew by 31 percent in the biggest monthly increase since 2011.... Read More »

Renault, Rostek may replace AvtoVAZ chief, reports say

Feb. 6, 2018 18:36 CET

Renault and Russian state conglomerate Rostec, main shareholders of AvtoVAZ, are considering replacing its CEO, Russian news agencies reported.... Read More »

Toyota, PSA's Czech plant will raise wages 16% over two years

Jan. 25, 2018 12:19 CET

Toyota and PSA's joint Czech plant will raise wages by an average 16.4 percent over the next two years, the plant's unions said.... Read More »

Renault's risk on subcompacts in Russia paid off

Jan. 25, 2018 06:01 CET

Renault's bet on subcompact sales rising in Russia rather than following rivals into the compact sector was one a good move, said product planning chief Bruno Ancelin in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Hungary's EV charging network will be expanded by Finnish utility Fortum

Jan. 22, 2018 17:03 CET

Finnish utility Fortum will expand Hungary's electric car charging network in partnership with local NKM National Utilities.... Read More »

Ford may export to Europe from Russia

Jan. 19, 2018 06:01 CET

Ford's Russian factories are busy now that the market is recovering but the company may still export vehicles to Europe from its local joint venture.... Read More »

Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017

Jan. 14, 2018 06:01 CET

Kia and VW brand were the top gainers in Russia last year as the country's new-car market rebounded from a four-year slump with 12 percent growth.... Read More »

Ford will increase Russian production on growing SUV, van demand

Jan. 10, 2018 14:46 CET

Ford is taking advantage of Russia's rebounding market by increasing production at its Yelabuga plant to meet growing demand for SUVs and vans.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Renault, Lada, Hyundai-Kia poised to gain from Russia's new stability

Jan. 3, 2018 06:01 CET

Russia's strengthening auto market is good news for automakers such as Renault-Nissan and its Russian subsidiary AvtoVAZ, as well as Hyundai and sister brand Kia. These three dominant players are poised to profit most from the market's rebound.... Read More »

Tesla wooed by Hungary with tax breaks, report says

Dec. 15, 2017 09:44 CET

Hungary's foreign minister met Tesla executives during a tour of Silicon Valley and explained to them the tax breaks and other incentives offered to automakers in the country, a local news agency reported.... Read More »

BMW will build Czech test track for self-driving cars

Dec. 15, 2017 12:27 CET

BMW will invest $118 million on a test track for self-driving and electric cars in the Czech Republic as it expands its push into alternative driving technologies.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

VW, Ford gain as Russia sales rise 15%

Dec. 8, 2017 15:44 CET

New-car sales in Russia rose 15 percent in November. VW and Ford sales both jumped 29 percent.... Read More »

VW said to be in talks to buy stake in Russia's GAZ

Dec. 2, 2017 09:39 CET

Volkswagen is in talks to buy a stake in Russia's GAZ, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

SK Innovation picks Hungary for battery plant to meet EV demand in Europe

Nov. 30, 2017 11:57 CET

South Korea's SK Innovation will invest $777 million to build an electric vehicle battery plant in Hungary to meet demand from automakers in Europe.... Read More »

Toyota will build new engine for hybrid cars in Poland

Nov. 29, 2017 12:48 CET

Toyota is investing $113 million in its Polish engine plant to build a 1.5-liter gasoline unit for hybrid cars.... Read More »

PSA seeks to capitalize on Russia rebound with van production

Nov. 27, 2017 11:55 CET

PSA will start production of Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy vans at its plant in Kaluga, Russia, as the automaker seeks to increase sales in the Russian market, which is rebounding from a deep slump.... Read More »

PSA may build engines in Opel factory, report says

Nov. 24, 2017 11:42 CET

PSA will use an Opel factory to build 200,000 gasoline engines instead of its own Trnava plant in Slovakia, as initially planned, as the automaker gears up to produce more vehicles based on its future common modular platform, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

China's Geely targets Russia market with Belarus plant

Nov. 21, 2017 10:53 CET

China's Geely has teamed up with Belarus to open a plant producing vehicles targeted at the Russian market.... Read More »

GM's parting with Russia has been such sweet sorrow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2017

General Motors pulled out of Russia in 2015, but still does pretty well there.... Read More »

Skoda will build EVs in Czech Republic

Nov. 20, 2017 10:36 CET

Skoda will build a full-electric vehicle in the Czech Republic as part of plans for an electrified lineup... Read More »

Poland plant marks premium move for IAC

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2017

IAC Group's new plant in Poland is a strategy play to be at the doorstep of global luxury automakers as the industry shifts to higher-grade interiors.... Read More »

OCTOBER SALES

Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%

Nov. 10, 2017 11:13 CET

Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 percent.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE ASSEMBLY PLANT MAP

PSA-Opel fusion shakes up European production footprint

Nov. 1, 2017 06:01 CET

PSA's takeover of GM's Opel was a game-changer for Europe's vehicle assembly footprint. Automotive News Europe's latest Guide to European Assembly Plants shows how the acquisition has boosted PSA's capacity so it can better challenge VW and Renault-Nissan.... Read More »

Nissan bullish about Europe, Russia

Oct. 31, 2017 06:01 CET

Nissan is bullish about how the automaker will perform in Europe for the rest of 2017 and for 2018 because of the roll out of the updated Leaf, new Micra and semi-autonomous driving technology.... Read More »

 
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