Eastern Europe

Ford names Shirinov CEO of Russia JV

July 11, 2017 06:01 CET

Ford has named Adil Shirinov CEO of its Russian joint venture, Ford Sollers. The Russian executive succeeds Mark Ovenden, who Ford has been promoted to head of sales and marketing for the Asia Pacific region.... Read More »

Russia sales increase 15% in 4th straight monthly rise

July 7, 2017 14:38 CET

New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in June, the fourth consecutive month of higher sales.... Read More »

VW's Slovak workers end strike after wage deal

June 26, 2017 09:47 CET

Workers at VW Group's Slovak factory reached a pay increase deal with management to end a six-day strike. VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models are built at the plant, as well as Porsche and Bentley bodies-in-white.... Read More »

VW's Slovak workers continue strike after talks fail

June 23, 2017 11:36 CET

Workers at VW Group's Slovak factory will continue to strike to win a higher pay rise after talks with management failed. VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models are built at the plant, as well as Porsche and Bentley bodies-in-white.... Read More »

Daimler's Uber rival expands into Romania

June 23, 2017 06:01 CET

Mytaxi, Daimler's Germany-based ride-hailing app, is expanding into eastern Europe. Daimler and rivals are investing in ride-hailing companies to ensure they do not become providers of low-margin commoditized hardware to companies such as Uber.... Read More »

Daimler begins construction of Mercedes plant in Russia

June 20, 2017 14:45 CET

Daimler has begun construction of a Mercedes plant in Russia. The factory will produce more than 20,000 Mercedes cars and SUVs a year.... Read More »

VW's Slovak workers strike over pay

June 20, 2017 11:46 CET

Workers at VW Group's Slovak factory have gone on strike to win a higher pay rise than the company has offered. VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models are built at the plant, as well as Porsche and Bentley bodies-in-white.... Read More »

VW deepens ties with Russia's GAZ in cars and trucks

June 15, 2017 17:23 CET

VW Group and GAZ have extended a manufacturing deal for Gaz to build VW and Skoda cars in Russia, which is rebounding after a long decline. VW has kept investing in the Russian market, which GM quit in 2015.... Read More »

VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%

June 9, 2017 11:01 CET

New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher sales.... Read More »

EU probes aid for Jaguar Land Rover's Slovak factory

May 24, 2017 13:13 CET

EU regulators are investigating the legality of Slovakia's plan to grant $139.7 million to Jaguar Land Rover to support a new plant in the country. The facility, which will build up to 300,000 cars annually, is due to open next year.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Skoda gets key VW Group project following Audi-topping results

May 13, 2017 06:01 CET

Skoda has been rewarded by parent VW Group with the high-profile assignment of developing of a budget car for emerging markets after the Czech unit delivered profit margins that topped those of luxury sister brand Audi.... Read More »

VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%

May 12, 2017 11:00 CET

New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after four years of falling demand. Industry watchers cautioned that the market is still "fragile."... Read More »

DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: After attracting top suppliers, Macedonia eyes bigger prize

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 10, 2017

Macedonia has spent the last decade establishing itself as open for business to global automotive suppliers such as Delphi, Adient and Lear, but is it ready to become home to a vehicle assembly plant?... Read More »

PSA wins tax break to expand Slovakia factory

May 10, 2017 14:38 CET

PSA won a tax break worth 19 million euros ($20.66 million) from Slovakia as part of the automaker's plans to expand its factory in the country. PSA makes the Citroen C3 Picasso and Peugeot 208 in Trnava.... Read More »

AeroMobil readies flying car for delivery by 2020

April 21, 2017 09:11 CET

Slovakia's AeroMobil has unveiled a flying car priced at up to $1.6 million. The company says the car can switch to flight mode in less than three minutes. It expects to begin deliveries by 2020.... Read More »

Audi outlines production plans for Q8, Q4 SUVs

April 11, 2017 12:04 CET

Audi outlined production plans for its upcoming Q8 and Q4 as the Volkswagen Group premium brand accelerates its push into the booming SUV/crossover market.... Read More »

Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%

April 10, 2017 13:51 CET

New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. Lada, Kia, Hyundai and Renault had big gains.... Read More »

Ford starts hiring to build EcoSport in Romania

April 6, 2017 11:51 CET

Ford said it will recruit nearly 1,000 people as it prepares to build its EcoSport subcompact SUV in Romania for European markets, ending imports from India.... Read More »

VW, Ford and others helped in Russia by ruble's rise

March 30, 2017 13:46 CET

Foreign automakers in Russia including VW, Ford and Renault-Nissan are benefiting from a stronger, more stable ruble, which is reducing their costs and supporting earnings. Russia's car market is forecast to grow by 4 percent in 2017 after four years of losses.... Read More »

Hyundai's Czech workers get big pay increase

March 28, 2017 11:38 CET

Workers at Hyundai's Czech plant will get on average a 12 percent pay raise this year, the latest big increase at a major manufacturer in Europe's tightest labor market.... Read More »

Chassix plans $50 million expansion in Czech Republic

8:20 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2017

U.S. auto supplier Chassix said it plans to invest $50 million to expand its operations to the Czech Republic in 2018.... Read More »

Fiat may move Panda production to Poland to free capacity for Alfa Romeo in Italy, report says

March 6, 2017 14:01 CET

Fiat Chrysler is considering shifting manufacturing of its Panda to low-wage Poland to free capacity to build more Alfa Romeos in Italy, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Daimler's Russia plant will help strengthen Mercedes as luxury leader

Feb. 21, 2017 16:17 CET

Daimler aims to strengthen its position as Russia's top-selling luxury brand by opening a factory to build Mercedes SUVs and the E-class sedan. Daimler's investment follows signs of a recovery in the Russian car market, with Ford the first major foreign automaker to see sales in Russia grow following three lean years.... Read More »

Ford's big Russia gamble pays off as sales finally rise

Feb. 20, 2017 10:06 CET

Ford has become the first major foreign automaker in Russia to see sales grow after three bad years, potentially vindicating its decision to double down on a notoriously volatile market after rival GM decided to quit.... Read More »

Audi reaches two-year wage deal with Hungary workers

Feb. 13, 2017 10:41 CET

Audi's Hungarian unit has reached an agreement with workers on wage rises for the next two years. Audi builds A3 and TT cars in Hungary.... Read More »

 
BMW's cycle 'hyperloop' is a vision for fast, pollution-free city travel

Nick Gibbs
5:14 am U.S. ET | Nov. 22 2017

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As China seeks to restrict the use of private cars in its congested and polluted megacities, BMW see ...
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Bentley Bentayga's autonomous tech tops Audi's

Nick Gibbs
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16 2017

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Driving the Bentley Bentayga shows just how sophisticated self-driving technology has become as its ...
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French tech company NAWA sees ultracapacitor battery breakthrough

Nick Gibbs
5:53 am U.S. ET | Nov. 14 2017

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French tech company NAWA believes it has found a way to boost the power of ultracapacitor batteries ...
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Why Vauxhall is likely to survive despite a steep sales slump

Nick Gibbs
4:56 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13 2017

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PSA's strategy to reduce non-profitable car sales is harming Vauxhall, which saw sales plunge drop 3 ...
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Volvo's subscription plan could be a boon for dealers too

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 12 2017

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Volvo seems to have found a new way to get its vehicles into the hands of customers that is digital, ...
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Without PSA tech, Opel could have been killed by EU CO2 fines

Luca Ciferri
6:08 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2017

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The EU's target to reduce CO2 emissions from new-car fleets to a 95 gram per km average by 2020-2021 might have been the kiss of death for Opel/Vauxhall if PSA hadn't stepped. ...
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Europe's automakers score a win with new CO2 targets

Christiaan Hetzner
4:36 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Outwardly Europe's carmakers are complaining about the EU's proposed fleet emission targets through ...
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Car rejection claims 'totally false,' Seat CEO says

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9 2017

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Seat CEO Luca de Meo says claims that a growing number of people are rejecting car ownership are "to ...
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PSA's Opel purchase leaves Citroen odd man out

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1 2017

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PSA's purchase of Opel means the automaker now has three mass-market European brands. This could be ...
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VW brand's profit margin goal is too easy

Christiaan Hetzner
6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30 2017

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VW brand's turnaround plan is not even a year old and yet next month the brand's CEO, Herbert Diess, ...
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Renault, Toyota lead 6% European sales gain
European car sales rose nearly 6 percent in October, with Renault, Toyota and VW Group's Seat brand ...
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Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%
Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 ...
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UK sales slump 12% in Oct. in 7th monthly decline
UK registrations in October fell by 12 percent, marking a seventh consecutive month of decline. Vaux ...
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Spanish sales rise 14% in Oct. despite political tensions over Catalonia
Spain's new-car sales increased 14 percent in October even as tensions over Catalonia's bid to gain ...
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Italy's record month benefits French brands, Toyota but FCA sales decline
French brands were among the winners in an Italian market that had a record month for new-car sales ...
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German market's 4% growth helps Peugeot, Citroen but Opel drops back
PSA's mainstream brands, Peugeot and Citroen, powered ahead in a German market up nearly 4 percent l ...
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French sales jump 14% with Nissan, Toyota among winners
French new-car sales rose 14 percent in October, with Nissan and Toyota among the winners. ...
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Europe sales drop 2% as Brexit concerns hit UK demand
European new-car sales fell 2 percent in September as concerns about Brexit among UK consumers offse ...
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Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.
Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last mon ...
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German sales fall 3% in Sept. on diesel worries
German new-car sales fell 3.3 percent in September as uncertainty over the future of diesel-powered ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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European minicar sales forecast to dip this year, remain steady until 2020
Automakers are increasing technology levels in Europe's minicar segment to maintain consumer interes ...
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Europe's compact minivan sales forecast to see steady decline
Europe's compact minivan segment is forecast to continually decline until 2020 because of rising dem ...
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Kia promotes Russia chief to Europe president
Kia veteran Yong Kew Park, who oversaw the brand's rise to the No. 2 in spot in Russia, has been app ...
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VW Group Canada names new CEO
VW Group said Daniel Weissland will take over its Canada operations. He succeeds Maria Stenstrom, wh ...
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Tesla's head of battery engineering leaves
Tesla's director of battery engineering, Jon Wagner, has left the electric carmaker and is launching a battery and powertrain startup in California. ...
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VW brand appoints new Europe sales chief
VW brand has appointed Manfred Kantner as head of sales in Europe. ...
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Hyundai recruits another BMW engineer for Genesis
Hyundai has recruited BMW engineer Fayez Abdul Rahman to lead architecture development at Genesis an ...
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BMW recruits Audi exec to head brand management
BMW has appointed former Audi manager Sven Schuwirth as head of brand's product management and marke ...
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Ford names new manufacturing boss for Europe; veteran exec Odell to retire
Ford named a new manufacturing boss and a new head of joint ventures and alliances in Europe as part ...
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Kia hires PSA designer to lead China styling team
Kia has hired veteran designer Oleg Son from PSA to be the Korean brand's design chief in China. Ole ...
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Infiniti appoints French exec Meunier as global sales chief
Nissan's Infiniti appointed company veteran Christian Meunier to the newly created role of head of g ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Renault moves Koleos upscale for Europe
Renault is counting on high-end features to make its new Koleos SUV more successful in Europe than t ...
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Ford expands Fiesta family
Ford expects buyers of its new Fiesta subcompact to fall into two categories – previous Fiesta ...
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Mazda makes CX-5 an even better drive
Mazda hopes to boost demand for its CX-5, the brand's top-selling model in Europe, with a new genera ...
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Kia Picanto adds tech but stays small
Kia has bucked the trend that cars grow larger with every new generation by increasing the new Pican ...
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Volvo seeks to match XC60's magic
Volvo hopes that by making its new XC60 bigger, safer and more technologically advanced it will be a ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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Suppliers to the new Peugeot 3008
Assembly of the second-generation Peugeot 3008 began in June 2016 at PSA's factory in Sochaux, Franc ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Stelvio
Assembly of the first-generation Alfa Romeo Stelvio began in January at the automaker's factory in C ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel Ampera-e
Assembly of the all-new Opel Ampera-e full-electric car began in October 2016 at parent General Moto ...
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