Eastern Europe

Russian car sales fall 8% in April on weak ruble

May 13, 2014 16:08 CET
Russian car sales fell 8 percent in April as the weak ruble hit consumer demand. Car sales have been falling as Russia's already weak economy is further hit by Western sanctions over Ukraine and people delay making large purchases.... Read More »

 

Car parts boom brings hope to Bulgaria

May 10, 2014 06:01 CET
Bulgaria, the EU's poorest member, is capitalizing on factors including its location, its low taxes and reduced labor costs to attract auto suppliers.... Read More »

 

Fiat will build Punto replacement in Poland

May 8, 2014 10:31 CET
Fiat will upgrade its Polish factory to build the Punto replacement, a report said. The new subcompact will launch in 2016 and could be named the 500 Plus, sources said.... Read More »

 

Daimler resumes production at Mercedes plant in Hungary after bomb threat

May 7, 2014 16:32 CET
Daimler has resumed production at its Mercedes plant in Hungary after a bomb threat on Wednesday. The plant produced more than 100,000 vehicles in 2013 including the Mercedes CLA.... Read More »

 

Michelin to close truck tire plant in Hungary

May 6, 2014 13:07 CET
Michelin plans to close its truck tire plant in Budapest, Hungary, in response to adverse trends and aggressive competition in the European market. The French firm, however, will keep making high-performance car tires in the country.... Read More »

 

Mitsubishi ends Europe profit drought

May 1, 2014 06:01 CET
Mitsubishi's European operations ended a three-year profit drought because of foreign exchange windfalls, demand for the Outlander plug-in hybrid and the closure of its Dutch plant. The unit reported an operating profit of 261 million euros.... Read More »

 

Lamborghini SUV will be built at VW's Slovakia plant, sources say

April 25, 2014 06:01 CET
The Lamborghini Urus SUV will be built at parent VW Group's factory in Slovakia starting in 2017, sources said.... Read More »

 

Renault freezes plans for Russian van production on weak ruble

April 24, 2014 13:35 CET
Renault has frozen plans to build vans with Russian truckmaker ZIL due to a weakening of the ruble. The company had planned to build Renault and Fiat vans with ZIL in Moscow.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23, 2014
Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. and European forces mobilized, you would expect a conference in the United States on the future of the Russian auto industry to be pessimistic.... Read More »

 

JESSE SNYDER

New Russian outlook: 'Slower, lower, weaker'

3:50 pm U.S. ET | April 22, 2014
Days after Russia annexed a province of Ukraine and U.S. and European forces mobilized, you'd expect a conference on the future of the Russian auto industry to be pessimistic.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Russian fallout

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Fallout from Russia's annexation of the Crimea region of Ukraine already is affecting the auto industry in Europe.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

China's Qoros uses Slovakia to prepare for a full European roll out

April 16, 2014 06:15 CET
Chinese automaker Qoros is using Slovakia as its first global export market with the goal of rolling out the brand across western Europe within two years.... Read More »

 

Russia's car sales may be stabilizing after flat March

April 9, 2014 08:20 CET
Russian car sales were flat in March, showing some sign of stabilization after two months of declines, according to the AEB automakers lobby group.... Read More »

 

KEITH CRAIN

Eastern Europe is an auto hot spot

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2014
The crisis in Ukraine and Eastern Europe is ongoing and will be causing all sorts of problems for European auto manufacturers for some time to come.... Read More »

 

Renault-Nissan sees bright future in Russia as it relaunches Datsun

April 6, 2014 11:14 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn sees great potential in Russia despite a slowdown in car sales and the Crimea crisis. He spoke after unveiling the on-Do sedan, which Nissan's Datsun brand is launching in Russia.... Read More »

 

Russia's slump threatens Ford, GM in Europe

April 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Russia's falling ruble, shrinking car demand and threat of additional economic sanctions are hitting automakers such as Ford and GM's Opel division just as their European operations are recovering from a six-year slump.... Read More »

 

Russia's slump threatens Ford, GM in Europe

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5, 2014
Russia's falling ruble, shrinking car demand and threat of additional economic sanctions are hitting automakers such as Ford and General Motors' Opel division just as their European operations are recovering from a six-year slump.... Read More »

 

Daimler expands Romania transmission plant to meet car demand

April 4, 2014 16:18 CET
Daimler is expanding its transmission plant in Sebes, Romania, as the manufacturer ramps up component supply to meet rising demand for Mercedes-Benz cars.... Read More »

 

Polish new-car sales rise 39% in March

April 4, 2014 10:11 CET
Polish new-car registrations increased 39 percent in March, providing another sign that Europe's car market is picking up after a six-year slump. It's Poland's 10th consecutive rise in year-on-year sales.... Read More »

 

Czech car sales up 20% in March on economy gains

April 4, 2014 12:44 CET
Czech new-car registrations increased 20 percent in March and grew 18 percent in the first quarter to 42,993 cars, the country's car importers association said. The Czech economy is rebounding after a record long recession.... Read More »

 

Ford will cut output, jobs in Russia as ruble and car demand weaken

April 2, 2014 06:01 CET
Ford's Russian joint venture is cutting production and about 950 jobs at two factories in response to the falling ruble and deteriorating demand in the country.... Read More »

 

Daimler mulls production of Mercedes cars in Russia

April 1, 2014 15:51 CET
Daimler is examining whether to build Mercedes-Benz cars in Russia as it seeks to expand its global production base and overtake German rivals BMW and Audi to become the world's top-selling premium automaker.... Read More »

 

Ukraine crisis makes Andersson's turnaround of AvtoVAZ tougher

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31, 2014
Bo Andersson, the new CEO of Russia's No.1 carmaker AvtoVAZ, is battling to revive the business amid economic uncertainty caused by the Crimea crisis.... Read More »

 

Skoda unions, management agree 2% wage rise

March 28, 2014 16:15 CET
Unions and management at Skoda have agreed a wage deal for the next 12 months that will see workers receive a 2 percent rise in wages and a one-off payment.... Read More »

 

PSA and Dongfeng may cooperate in Russia, Brazil

March 28, 2014 11:20 CET
Dongfeng Motor Chairman Xu Ping said his company's cooperation with PSA could be expanded to include Brazil and Russia, two regions where the French automaker must improve its financial performance.... Read More »

 

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