Eastern Europe

Hyundai group execs to take 10 percent pay cut

6:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2016

Hyundai Motor Group said about 1,000 of its executives will take a 10 percent pay cut, the first such move in seven years at South Korea's second-largest conglomerate that shows the harsh impact of market share woes and labor strife at its flagship firm.... Read More »

Audi, Mercedes face labor shortage in Hungary

Oct. 19, 2016 14:40 CET

Audi and Mercedes executives say a shortage of labor in Hungary is presenting problems for the automakers, which have both invested heavily to build cars in the country. Efforts should be made to improve worker mobility and local infrastructure to help solve the issue, they said.... Read More »

German car industry warns UK that 'hard Brexit' could trigger shift east

Oct. 17, 2016 10:49 CET

Parts of the UK's car industry could move to central and eastern Europe if the country loses access to the single market after quitting the EU, Germany's VDA auto industry association said.... Read More »

Poland attracts U.S. investment in car industry, Deputy PM says

Oct. 13, 2016 11:24 CET

Poland has attracted a major investment in its auto industry from the U.S, Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at a news conference on Daimler's plans to open an engine plant in the country. Poland is in talks with Toyota on a potential new project, Morawiecki also said.... Read More »

VW, Renault, Toyota boost sales in Russia as market falls 11%

Oct. 11, 2016 06:01 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent in September, although Lada, Renault, Volkswagen and Toyota bucked the downward trend by boosting their sales.... Read More »

Renault set to increase AvtoVAZ stake to 70% in bailout of Lada maker

Oct. 10, 2016 16:51 CET

Renault is set to increase its stake in Lada maker AvtoVAZ to more than 70 percent by funding most or all of a 1.2 billion euro recapitalization for the Russian automaker. Other major AvtoVAZ investors, Nissan and defense conglomerate Rostec, are not expected to take part in a rights issue.... Read More »

LG Chem taps electric-car boom with battery plant in Poland

Oct. 6, 2016 11:51 CET

South Korea's LG Chem is seeking to tap Europe's booming electric-car market by setting up a battery plant in Poland to supply automakers.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ's new CEO takes softer line on job cuts

Sept. 23, 2016 15:14 CET

AvtoVAZ has a civic responsibility to preserve Russian jobs, the company's new CEO, Nicolas Maure, told Reuters, rowing back on a politically sensitive policy of redundancies in the face of plummeting sales and record losses.... Read More »

Renault will shift some Dacia output to Morocco from Romania

Sept. 21, 2016 19:35 CET

Renault said it will move some production of its Dacia Logan MCV station wagon from Pitesti, Romania, to its plant in Tangiers, Morocco, starting in the first quarter of next year.... Read More »

Poland aims to have 1M EVs on its roads by 2025

Sept. 20, 2016 19:32 CET

Poland aims to have 1 million electric cars on its roads by 2025 as it seeks to cut carbon emissions from transport and will offer tax and other incentives, the energy ministry said. The country is one of the biggest polluters in Europe because of its reliance on coal-fueled power stations.... Read More »

Brexit hit feared by Slovak gov't before auto-output boost in 2019

Sept. 20, 2016 11:07 CET

The UK's decision to leave the EU may curb some demand for Slovak exports and constrain the market's economic growth, but this will be offset by a boost in auto production due in 2019, the Slovak government said.... Read More »

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Toyota exec expects bold-looking C-HR to lift brand's hybrid sales in Europe

Sept. 11, 2016 06:01 CET

Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl wants the C-HR "to show a different face" for a brand not known for its risk-taking designs. The compact SUV is key to the company's goal of boosting hybrid sales to half of its total European volume by 2020, van Zyl said.... Read More »

Audi, Mercedes make big changes to European car assembly footprint

Sept. 8, 2016 06:01 CET

Audi and Mercedes have been busy adapting their European production footprints, Automotive News Europe's new Guide to European Assembly Plants shows. The changes are to make room for new models as both push to be the world's top-selling premium automaker by 2020.... Read More »

Russia car sales fall 18% in August

Sept. 8, 2016 14:19 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the economy stumbles but registrations have stopped undercutting the former historical low levels, industry organization AEB said.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ plans 85-billion-ruble recapitalization

Sept. 5, 2016 12:09 CET

AvtoVAZ plans a $1.31 billion recapitalization as part of efforts to meet weighing financial commitments. Russia's biggest automaker has been hit by plunging demand at home that drove it to a record loss last year.... Read More »

Samsung SDI will build EV battery plant in Hungary

Aug. 30, 2016 11:13 CET

Samsung SDI plans a factory in Hungary to make electric-vehicle batteries, joining the race to tap European demand. The company produces batteries for the BMW i3.... Read More »

Great Wall to complete Russian plant despite shaky economy

Aug. 29, 2016 19:38 CET

Great Wall Motor, China's largest SUV/crossover maker, is moving ahead with construction of a full-scale assembly plant in Russia even though sales are slow there.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ's Togliatti plant to move to shorter week

Aug. 17, 2016 12:41 CET

AvtoVAZ said its Togliatti plant will move to a four-day week from October to February as the Russian market continues to be hit by sluggish demand. The factory builds Lada, Nissan and Renault cars.... Read More »

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 »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
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Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
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Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
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EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
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Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
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Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
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UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
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Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
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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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Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
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Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
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Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
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