Eastern Europe

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 »

Nobody is making money in Russia, right, Toyota?

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

Carlos Ghosn may be in an awkward position the next time he runs into Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda. At the Geneva show last week, the Renault-Nissan CEO said he didn't think anyone was making money in Russia. But Toyota did last year, and in 2014.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ CEO Andersson to step down

March 7, 2016 09:36 CET

Renault-Nissan said Bo Andersson planned to step down as CEO of AvtoVAZ, which builds Lada cars. Renault-Nissan has a majority stake in the holding company that controls AvtoVAZ.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Does Carlos Ghosn owe Akio Toyoda an award?

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2016

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn may have unknowingly left himself in an awkward position the next time he sees Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ's owners looking for new CEO, report says

March 1, 2016 16:51 CET

The owners of Russian carmaker AvtoVAZ are searching for a new CEO to replace Bo Andersson, sources told Reuters, weeks after the Lada maker reported a record loss that led to Renault slashing the value of its stake.... Read More »

GM eyes Russia production restart

Feb. 26, 2016 10:38 CET

General Motors can envision a day when it restarts vehicle production in Russia, although the company is unlikely to relaunch Opel in the market, GM's top European executive said.... Read More »

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 »

 
Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nick Gibbs
5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28 2016

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Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10 2016

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Ford of Europe's 6. ...
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Peugeot offers a two-wheel solution for congested cities

Bruce Gain
9:46 am U.S. ET | June 1 2016

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Peugeot's new 3008 SUV will offer owners a solution to the problem of getting around congested inner cities: an electric bicycle or an electric scooter that can fold up and... ...
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Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
Volkswagen Group's global sales rose 1.6 percent in May, helped by rising demand for Audi and Skoda ...
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
Volkswagen brand sales slipped 0.7 percent last month with gains in Europe and China offsetting decl ...
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
Western European car registrations increased 14 percent in May as demand rose last month in Germany, ...
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
Mercedes outsold its luxury auto competitors in the U.S. in May, building its lead in a down month t ...
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VW sales in U.S. fall 17% for worst May since 2010
Continued weakness in car deliveries led Volkswagen of America to its worst May U.S. ...
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French car sales jump 22% in May on extra selling days
French registrations rose 22 percent in May, benefiting from three extra selling days. ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
VW brand named David Powels as head of its South American operations. Powels faces a tough challenge ...
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future appointed longtime Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci to the post of global chief brand and commercial officer. ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
General Motors named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the ...
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Ford picks VanDyke to be new Europe marketing chief
Ford has picked Matt VanDyke as its new marketing chief in Europe. VanDyke currently leads Lincoln's ...
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Nissan Europe names new product planning chief
Nissan Europe has named Ponz Pandikuthira, its current light commercial vehicle director, as the aut ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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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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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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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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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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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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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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