Eastern Europe

Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars

Aug. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 percent. The brand said demand for its new Vesta and XRay cars had exceeded expectations.... Read More »

Daimler will build second Mercedes plant in Hungary

July 29, 2016 10:29 CET

Daimler will invest $1.1 billion in a second Mercedes plant in Hungary to build front- and rear-wheel drive cars, and possibly alternative powertrain models.... Read More »

Brexit forecast to hit car production and jobs in Slovakia

July 15, 2016 12:15 CET

Slovakia, which is home to VW, PSA and Kia car plants, will see slower growth and up to 4,000 job losses as a result of the UK's decision to exit the EU, the country's finance ministry says.... Read More »

Romania seeks to attract further automakers, minister says

July 11, 2016 12:17 CET

Romania's government is in talks with two leading automakers about the possibility of opening a production plant, the country's economy minister said.... Read More »

Hyperloop, flying cars part of Slovakia's startup craze

July 9, 2016 06:01 CET

A company developing flying cars and a firm working on high-speed travel are just two of the startups popping up in Slovakia as entrepreneurs trained abroad return to their homeland to take advantage of cheap land and skilled workers to develop innovative products.... Read More »

Russia car sales fall 13% in June

July 8, 2016 14:43 CET

Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine continued to hit demand. Registrations for the first six months were down 14 percent.... Read More »

EU mulls tariffs on Russia, Iran, others over steel

July 8, 2016 11:36 CET

The EU threatened to hit Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Iran and Brazil with tariffs on a type of steel known as hot-rolled coil, highlighting concerns about job losses in the EU industry.... Read More »

VW unit sells Russia bond to fund local operations

July 5, 2016 15:24 CET

VW's financial services unit has sold a 5 billion ruble ($78 million) bond in Russia to fund its local operations, its first issue in the country's battered debt market in almost two years.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover says 'short-term' Brexit impact will not affect Slovak plant

June 29, 2016 11:49 CET

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's biggest automaker, said the short-term effects of Britain's decision to leave the EU will not affect plans to build a new plant in Slovakia, where production is slated to begin in 2018.... Read More »

Chinese automaker JAC mulls EV factory in Bulgaria

June 23, 2016 10:33 CET

China's JAC Motors is considering opening a factory in Bulgaria as an entry point to Europe for its electric cars. The company would be the second Chinese automaker to build cars in the EU's poorest country after Great Wall.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ faces challenge from Hyundai, Kia for No. 1 position in Russia

June 19, 2016 06:01 CET

Hyundai and Kia are using the decline of Russia's car industry to boost market share as they maintain production levels and keep prices low during an economic downturn. This is putting pressure on Renault-Nissan's Russian venture AvtoVAZ.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler to lay off 30% of workforce at 500L plant in Serbia, union says

June 15, 2016 17:49 CET

Fiat Chrysler's Serbian unit will lay off nearly 30 percent of its workforce, ending one of its three shifts producing 500L models, a union leader said.... Read More »

Daimler confirms talks with Russia for car plant

June 15, 2016 11:04 CET

Daimler confirmed it is in talks with Russian authorities to build Mercedes cars in the country after reports said the automaker plans to build SUVs from kits at a new plant near Moscow.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ CEO rules out profits before 2018

June 14, 2016 14:52 CET

AvtoVAZ, the Russian automaker controlled by Renault and Nissan, will not return to profit until at least 2018, CEO Nicolas Maure told a Russian business daily.... Read More »

Russia car sales fall 15% in May

June 8, 2016 16:01 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8.5 percent fall in April, but an industry body believes the economy may have reached its lowest point and might even grow in 2017.... Read More »

Czech car industry needs more workers to grow, automotive group says

June 2, 2016 15:52 CET

A lack of workers is acting as a brake on growth for the Czech car industry, an automotive group said. The body estimates that the Czech industry as a whole, of which automakers are a major part, currently needs an additional 52,000 employees.... Read More »

PSA, Kia forecast higher production in Slovakia

May 19, 2016 17:48 CET

PSA and Kia forecast higher production at their plants in Slovakia this year. The country is home to three car factories and will see a Jaguar Land Rover plant open in 2018.... Read More »

Russia's Detroit blames Renault-Nissan for its decline

May 14, 2016 06:01 CET

In the heartland of Russia's struggling auto industry, people blame Renault-Nissan, the majority owner of AvtoVAZ, for their economic hardship, not their country's rulers.... Read More »

Russia car sales fall to 10-year low

May 12, 2016 15:14 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 8.5 percent in April to their lowest level in 10 years as the market continued to feel the pressure of an economic crisis fueled by lower oil prices and Western sanctions over Moscow's actions in Ukraine.... Read More »

Daimler plans Mercedes engine factory in Poland

May 4, 2016 10:30 CET

Daimler said it plans to invest about 500 million euros ($575 million) in a new engine factory in Poland to broaden its production footprint outside its German home market.... Read More »

Skoda unions approve wage agreement with management, labor boss says

April 21, 2016 11:00 CET

Skoda unions have approved an agreement with management on wage hikes that will see tariffs rise by 3.5 percent as of April and another 3 percent in January 2017.... Read More »

Ghosn will give up AvtoVAZ chairmanship amid restructuring

April 18, 2016 14:36 CET

Carlos Ghosn, the CEO of Renault and Nissan, will give up the chairmanship of AvtoVAZ, a further sign that the alliance's hold on the Russian automaker, in which it holds a majority share, has been weakened by recent tensions over AvtoVAZ's restructuring.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Sergio's boss renews push for merger

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2016

Sergio's boss renews push for merger with 'big guys'; BMW 7-series recall; Infiniti teases crossover; Mustang hot in Germany; Ford's faith in Russia; High-tech cars targets for terrorists?... Read More »

Ford mulls new Russia investment as first-quarter sales jump 93%

April 14, 2016 12:23 CET

Ford is studying new investments in Russia in a bet that the country's economy will recover. The Russian market could still become Europe's biggest, said Mark Ovenden, Ford's top executive in Russia.... Read More »

Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows

April 8, 2016 15:31 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leading business group in the country to forecast that the market is close to hitting bottom.... Read More »

 
Land Rover sets sail on epic quest

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 9 2016

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Land Rover is teaming up with the UK's most successful sailor and with a former McLaren Formula One ...
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Volvo and Microsoft make the unreal real

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8 2016

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Volvo, with a big assist from Microsoft, is creating physical objects that are not physical. ...
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Why Brexit could be bad news for self-driving cars


12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 7 2016

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Brexit should be a wake up call to proponents of autonomous driving, said a researcher from a London-based think tank. ...
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Why Porsche, Toyota love endurance racing even as Audi quits

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 5 2016

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Audi said will no longer race in certain endurance events to focus on the all-electric Formula E rac ...
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Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Russia sales rise nearly 1%; first increase in 2 years
New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market sinc ...
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UK market may fall 8% next year on Brexit, Germany's VDA says
German automakers are taking a bleak view of next year's UK auto market, forecasting that demand wil ...
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UK sales rise 3% as fleet demand offsets fewer private purchases
UK new-car registrations rose by nearly 3 percent in November, putting the market on course for reco ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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Minicars get boost from Italy rebound
European minicar sales – especially at Fiat Chrysler -- are getting a lift from the continuing ...
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Subcompact sales set to peak in Europe this year before SUVs cause decline
Demand for subcompacts in Europe will peak this year, analysts say, as competition from similar-size ...
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Aston Martin recruits former Ferrari, Maserati exec as chief technical officer
Aston Martin has named Maximilian Szwaj, a former Ferrari and Maserati executive, as its new chief t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising Henrik Green to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Volvo picks fast-rising exec to lead r&d
Volvo named Henrik Green its new head of r&d, giving the Swedish executive his fourth promotion in t ...
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Renault-Nissan names new powertrain chief to drive engine integration
Renault-Nissan named veteran executive Philippe Brunet to replace its current head of engines and tr ...
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Visteon hires Daimler exec to lead driver assistance system development
Visteon has appointed Matthias Schulze of Daimler as the supplier's head of advanced driver assistan ...
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VW's new Moia brand hires high-profile former Daimler executive
VW Group's new mobility services brand, Moia, has hired Robert Henrich from Daimler as its chief ope ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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