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PSA-Opel fusion shakes up European production footprint

Nov. 1, 2017 06:01 CET

PSA's takeover of GM's Opel was a game-changer for Europe's vehicle assembly footprint. Automotive News Europe's latest Guide to European Assembly Plants shows how the acquisition has boosted PSA's capacity so it can better challenge VW and Renault-Nissan.... Read More »

Nissan bullish about Europe, Russia

Oct. 31, 2017 06:01 CET

Nissan is bullish about how the automaker will perform in Europe for the rest of 2017 and for 2018 because of the roll out of the updated Leaf, new Micra and semi-autonomous driving technology.... Read More »

2017 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Nissan's big vision: Rolling Titan into global markets

6:54 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2017

Still in launch mode for the Titan pickup in the U.S. market, Nissan is contemplating selling the full-size truck to various global markets.... Read More »

BMW mulls new plant in Russia

Oct. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

BMW is considering opening a factory in Russia as the country's new-car sales recover after years of decline.... Read More »

LG to open Europe's biggest car battery factory

Oct. 12, 2017 12:13 CET

LG Chem will open Europe's largest lithium-ion battery factory in Poland next year as the region's auto industry gears up to mass produce electric cars.... Read More »

Skoda will add jobs despite VW union fears

Oct. 11, 2017 09:47 CET

Skoda will only make use of parent VW Group's wider manufacturing network to cope with peaks in demand, CEO Bernhard Maier said, amid worries that the brand could lose some production to VW factories in Germany. Maier said Skoda's capacity is hitting its limit and the company is adding more jobs in its home country.... Read More »

Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.

Oct. 9, 2017 16:23 CET

Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last month thanks to an improving economy. Kia and Ford were among the monthly winners, while Toyota lost ground.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Strike saps supplies of Chevy Equinox

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2017

Strike saps supplies of Chevy Equinox; Nissan's 'shocking' lapse; New twist on two classic Toyotas; Uber peacemaker move; Mitsubishi airbag recall; Putin in a Tesla? 'Why not?'... Read More »

Ukrainians use workaround to avoid high taxes on car imports

Sept. 25, 2017 15:13 CET

The traffic on Kiev's streets includes a lot of cars that aren't registered in the Ukraine. This isn't due to tourism but rather a workaround by local drivers who crave foreign-made vehicles but refuse to pay restrictively high import duties to buy them at home.... Read More »

Kia sees Russia market growing 12% this year

Sept. 25, 2017 10:25 CET

Russia's car market could grow by up to 12 percent this year, recovering faster than previously expected thanks to the improving economy, said Alexander Moynov, the head of Kia's Russia unit.... Read More »

Croatian automaker plans second electric supercar

Sept. 20, 2017 09:51 CET

Croatian automaker Rimac, which lays claim to the world's fastest electric car, is close to completing a $60 million financing package to give it the cash it needs to expand and develop a new model.... Read More »

Russian nuclear giant joins scramble to supply EV boom

Sept. 20, 2017 15:01 CET

Russia's state-owned nuclear corporation is joining the lithium rush as it seeks to profit from the boom in EVs whose batteries use the metal.... Read More »

Ford expands Russian production on SUV demand

Sept. 15, 2017 10:51 CET

Ford's Russian joint venture plans to increase production to meet growing demand for SUVs and light commercial vehicles.... Read More »

Magna may choose Hungary over Slovenia for new paint factory, report says

Aug. 22, 2017 10:52 CET

Magna has won approval to build a paint factory in Hungary which could result in the supplier choosing the country over Slovenia for the new facility, a radio station reported.... Read More »

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE AUTO INDUSTRY

To win JLR's new plant, Slovakia resolved a long list of issues

Aug. 15, 2017 09:22 CET

Landing a new greenfield auto assembly plant project is a rare prize these days in Europe's mature auto manufacturing landscape. That makes Slovakia's recent success all the more notable.... Read More »

VW brand achieves turnaround in Russia

Aug. 11, 2017 06:01 CET

Volkswagen brand reversed heavy losses in Russia, Europe's most promising growth market, helped by rising vehicle sales and a recovering currency.... Read More »

Russia sales increase 19% as market rebound continues

Aug. 9, 2017 06:01 CET

New-car registrations in Russia increased 19 percent in July, the fifth consecutive month of increasing demand in a market emerging from a four-year slump. In the first seven months, sales rose 8.5 percent.... Read More »

Fiat, unions agree on wage rise at 500L plant in Serbia

July 24, 2017 12:08 CET

Fiat Chrysler's Serbian unit has reached an agreement to increase wages following a strike that hit production of Fiat 500L models.... Read More »

Russian SUV maker UAZ looks to Africa, Latin America for exports

July 19, 2017 15:06 CET

Russia's Ulyanovsk Automobile Plant (UAZ), which specializes in off-road vehicles designed to survive tough conditions, is looking to Soviet-era export markets in Latin America and Africa to help offset slow domestic sales as the country climbs out of the longest recession in two decades.... Read More »

Fiat's Serbia workers urged by PM to end strike

July 11, 2017 10:09 CET

Workers at Fiat's plant in Serbia have been urged by the country's prime minister to end a strike which has entered its second week, a local news agency reported. Workers have demanded better wages and a reduced workload from the automaker.... Read More »

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 »

 
Why rival designers are talking up the Jaguar I-Pace

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19 2018

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Renault follows Audi into the potentially lucrative e-sports world

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2018

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Renault is following other major corporate sponsors, including Audi, into the potentially lucrative ...
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VW has fixed its China operations and is now set to keep its lead

Yang Jian
5:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9 2018

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GM, Toyota, Honda, Geely and Great Wall have all had good starts to the year in China, posting stron ...
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Polestar CEO's challenge: embracing change

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath made the rare transition of from design boss to chief executive of his ...
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For German automakers, an ugly past that won't go away

Christiaan Hetzner
2:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2018

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The moral depths to which Volkswagen was willing to sink in order to defraud public opinion about th ...
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Jaguar XJ could be reborn as electric Tesla fighter

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23 2018

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Autocar reported this week that the Jaguar XJ flagship sedan is being rebuilt from the wheels ...
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Peugeot's decision to give 3008 and 5008 SUV styling pays off

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19 2018

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Peugeot's decision to replace its 3008 and 5008 minivans with more crossover-oriented versions has p ...
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BMW exec combines Silicon Valley innovation with corporate rigor

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17 2018

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German automotive companies have acknowledged that they need to foster a work culture more akin to S ...
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Will Mercedes' G class get juiced?

Amy Wilson
9:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2018

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Mercedes could make an electric variant of its iconic G-class SUV, Dieter Zetsche seemed to imply in ...
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PSA develops possible Renault Twizy rival

Peter Sigal
4:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2018

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PSA's latest effort in the field of mobility services is a plug-in hybrid three-wheeled scooter that ...
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European sales rise 7% in January, boosted by SUVs
Europe's new-car market opened the year with 7 percent sales growth in January. Almost all automaker ...
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Renault, Kia and Ford are winners as Russia sales rise 31%
Renault, Kia and Ford were big winners in Russia in January after the new-car market grew by 31 perc ...
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French, Asian brands outstrip home rivals in rising German market
French and most Asian brands outstripped domestic rivals in sales growth in a German market up 12 pe ...
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UK sales fall 6% in January with diesel demand slumping
UK registrations fell 6 percent last month as weaker consumer confidence and uncertainty over the fu ...
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Italy sales rise 3% on extra selling day
New-car sales in Italy rose 3.4 percent to 177,822 in January, according to figures published by Ita ...
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Spain sales surge 20% in January
New-car sales in Spain surged 20 percent in January on strong demand for the VW, Seat and Peugeot br ...
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France sales increase nearly 3% in January
New-car registrations in France rose 2.5 percent in January, with sales helped by strong gains at Pe ...
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European sales fall 5% in December with Fiat, Nissan and Skoda among biggest losers
European new-car sales fell nearly 5 percent in December, hurt by extra days off for Christmas versu ...
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Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017
Kia and VW brand were the top gainers in Russia last year as the country's new-car market rebounded ...
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives ...
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
Sales of full-electric cars are set to surge to 200,000 this year, helped by the arrival of the new ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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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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Toyota promotes female executive to top management level
Chika Kako is a rarity in Toyota's upper echelons. ...
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Rolls-Royce appoints new engineering chief
Rolls-Royce named BMW veteran Mihiar Ayoubi as head of engineering at the British ultraluxury brand. ...
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Kuniskis' job: Fan excitement for Alfa, Maserati
Tim Kuniskis, the car-crazy U.S. sales guy handed control of Alfa Romeo and Maserati, knows somethin ...
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FCA names new global boss for Alfa, Maserati
Fiat Chrysler named Tim Kuniskis to be the new global head for Maserati and Alfa Romeo while trimmin ...
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New ZF CEO is former Bosch autos boss Scheider
ZF recruits mew CEO from Mahle, which had grabbed him from Bosch. Mahle promotes the man it recruite ...
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Nissan Europe promotes veteran alliance exec to top sales job
Nissan Europe has promoted Ken Ramirez to lead its sales and marketing operations in the region foll ...
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Valeo appoints new China president
Valeo has promoted Francois Marion to president of its China unit. ...
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Former Bosch autos chief will be new ZF CEO, reports say
Bosch's former automotive division head, Wolf-Henning Scheider, will be the new CEO of ZF, moving fr ...
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Skoda veteran named Audi's China sales chief
Audi has appointed Marco Schubert, Skoda's sales chief for Asia, as president of sales at VW's joint ...
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Schaeffler names former BMW exec as new e-mobility chief
Schaeffler has appointed Jochen Schroeder, a former BMW executive, to lead the group's newly establi ...
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BMW makes leaner, sleeker 6-series GT
BMW hopes a more appealing design, greater variability and increased comfort will propel sales of it ...
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Volvo counts on XC40 for conquests
Volvo is counting on its first model in the fast-growing premium compact SUV segment to break a lot ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
Hyundai hopes a sharp design, advanced connectivity features and off-road capability will help win c ...
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Citroen sees C3 Aircross luring minivan loyalists
Citroen says the C3 Aircross will stand out from rivals in the subcompact SUV segment with its expre ...
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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color opt ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
Assembly of the all-new Toyota C-HR began in November 2016 at the automaker's plant in Sakarya, Turk ...
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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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