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Tavares outlines PSA's product, technology offensive

Nov. 3, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares is convinced that the good times at the automaker have only just begun as the company readies a product and technology offensive that will help counteract Russia's sales slump and China's slowdown.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: Tough tasks ahead for new Skoda chief

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2015

New Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier inherits a brand in good shape but he must deal with cooling China and Russia markets, and address the problem of Skodas fitted with VW Group's cheat software.... Read More »

Audi will invest 104 million euros in Hungary plant, report says

Oct. 19, 2015 12:16 CET

Audi will invest 104 million euros in its factory in Hungary, Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto told the country's national news agency. The investment will boost jobs at the plant, which builds the A3 and the TT.... Read More »

GM global sales fall 3.1% in Q3

12:58 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15, 2015

GM's global sales fell 3.1 percent in the third quarter even as North American sales of trucks and crossovers accelerated.... Read More »

Aston Martin narrows options for new plant location

Oct. 14, 2015 13:06 CET

Aston Martin has narrowed down the options over where it will construct a new plant for the DBX crossover to sites in the U.S., eastern Europe, Wales and England, CEO Andy Palmer said.... Read More »

Russian car sales plunge as automakers raise prices

Oct. 9, 2015 11:22 CET

Russian car sales plunged more than forecast in September, slumping the most in three months as a weaker ruble pushed automakers to raise prices.... Read More »

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Ford of Europe boss bullish about brand's rebound

Oct. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

New Ford of Europe boss Jim Farley is bullish about the brand's chances of making a profit again soon despite a huge slump in Russia, where the automaker has invested heavily in products and plants. Farley explained to Automotive News Europe why he expects to benefit from the comittment to Russia and a much-improved SUV lineup.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

Romania to recall VW Group cars, review emissions taxes

Oct. 1, 2015 15:11 CET

Romanian dealerships will recall new and used cars involved in the VW Group diesel-emissions scandal for repairs after the German transport ministry sends its Romanian counterpart an action plan on Oct. 7, Romania's transport minister said.... Read More »

THE VW DIESEL CRISIS

VW emissions scandal will curb Czech, Hungarian growth, report says

Sept. 30, 2015 15:02 CET

The Czech and Hungarian economies will be hit hard by Volkswagen's diesel-emissions scandal, analysts say. VW owns the Czech Republic's biggest carmaker, Skoda, and produces engines in Hungary.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover plant would boost Slovak growth next year, minister says

Sept. 22, 2015 12:33 CET

Jaguar Land Rover's plan to build a plant in Slovakia would give a much-needed boost to economic growth in the country next year, the country's finance minister said. JLR selected Slovakia over locations in Europe, the U.S and Mexico for its new factory, but said a final decision will come later this year.... Read More »

Renault sticks to goal of consolidating Russia's AvtoVAZ in 2016

Sept. 18, 2015 15:42 CET

Renault is sticking to a goal of adding Russian affiliate AvtoVAZ to its books next year, even with the plunge in the country's car market. AvtoVAZ builds and sells Lada cars and is Russia's largest automaker.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: 'Fortress Europe' under threat

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2015

Having the world's toughest CO2 emissions standards has helped keep China and Russia's low-cost competitors out of the European market. So trying to postpone, tame or reduce even tougher future emissions limits being considered by the EU may be a big mistake by Europe's automakers.... Read More »

Russian car-sales decline slows to 19% in August

Sept. 8, 2015 15:15 CET

Russian new-car sales fell for an eighth successive month in August, underscoring the country's deepening slide into economic recession, even as a weakening currency encouraged some consumers to spend.... Read More »

Ford, GM, JLR, China's Lifan make big changes to European car assembly footprint

Sept. 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford, GM, JLR and China's Lifan have made the biggest moves affecting European production in the past year. Automotive News Europe's new Guide to European Assembly Plants features data on more than 140 plants.... Read More »

VW, Ford open engine plants in Russia amid market plunge

Sept. 4, 2015 11:02 CET

Volkswagen and Ford are sticking with long-planned investments in Russian engine factories even as car sales there head toward a six-year low... Read More »

VW considers exporting Russia-built cars as market slumps

Aug. 26, 2015 18:50 CET

Volkswagen may export Russia-built cars to other countries to offset collapsing sales in the crisis-hit market. The automaker builds VW brand and Skoda vehicles at its Russian plant south of Moscow.... Read More »

U.S. watchdog joins German investigation of Ford, report says

Aug. 18, 2015 18:07 CET

The United States' securities watchdog is helping German prosecutors to investigate the alleged payment of bribes by Ford to speed the passage of containers through Russian customs, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Toyota ends Land Cruiser production in Russia but remains bullish on market's prospects

Aug. 18, 2015 12:31 CET

Toyota has ended production of the Land Cruiser Prado SUV in Russia but will not pull out of the crisis-hit market. The company said its plan to double annual output at its St. Petersburg plant is still on track.... Read More »

NEWS ANALYSIS

Automakers in Russia left with nowhere to turn as economic woes deepen

Aug. 18, 2015 11:08 CET

Automakers building cars in Russia such as VW and Ford have been hit as the ruble's steep decline increases the cost of foreign parts they import. Companies are being forced to increase car prices despite the country's economic crisis that leaves consumers with little money for big purchases.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

BLOG: Why Jaguar Land Rover picked 'Detroit East'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover's selection of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly.... Read More »

JESSE SNYDER

Why JLR picked 'Detroit East'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover's selection last week of Nitra, Slovakia, for its next assembly plant dashed hopes in the U.S., Mexico and Poland. Was Slovakia's pick just another low-wage choice? Hardly.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover plans new plant in Slovakia

Aug. 11, 2015 10:39 CET

Jaguar Land Rover has signed a letter of intent to build a new car plant in Nitra, western Slovakia. JLR will carry out a feasibility study for the factory, which is expected to open in 2018 and reach an annual output of up to 300,000 vehicles by 2025.... Read More »

Russian car sales slump eases on gov't incentives

Aug. 10, 2015 23:59 CET

Russian car sales dropped at the slowest pace since their slump resumed in January as the government used subsidies and other incentives to counter falling consumption.... Read More »

Lifan starts work on assembly plant in Russia

Aug. 9, 2015 06:01 CET

Chongqing Lifan Industry has started work on an assembly plant in Russia's western state of Lipetsk Oblast to build up to 60,000 Lifan cars a year from complete knockdown kits imported from China,... Read More »

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AvtoVAZ CEO Andersson foresees sales surge from key Lada debuts

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Former General Motors purchasing chief Bo Andersson faced a massive task when he was hired to turn around AvtoVAZ, Russia's automotive giant, two years ago. Despite the challenge of a slumping Russian market, Andersson is bullish about the future of the company that builds Lada cars.... Read More »

 
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