Eastern Europe

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 »

Hyundai takes down Lada in Russia upset

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2017

Last year, the unthinkable happened in Russia: For the first time ever, a non-Russian brand topped the model charts. The humble Hyundai Solaris subcompact sedan was No. 1, knocking the Lada Granta sedan to No. 2.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ will make money next year, Ghosn says

Feb. 10, 2017 15:51 CET

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said he expected its Russian unit, AvtoVAZ, to be profitable next year, even if the Lada maker's home market remains volatile. Ghosn is bullish about AvtoVAZ because of new models, optimized production and reduction of inventories.... Read More »

 
Volvo's Ingenlath achieves rare feat

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2017

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Volvo's Thomas Ingenlath is among a small number of designers who have been tapped to lead a brand. ...
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Chinese carmakers declare war on foreign rivals

Yang Jian
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 19 2017

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Until recently, Chinese automakers were widely considered to be cheap, low-quality marques that were ...
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Why VW will not sell Polo in the U.S.


10:36 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW sees no profit in adding the Polo subcompact to a U.S. lineup dominated by SUVs and sedans. ...
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China's EV market: Something for everybody

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16 2017

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VW and Daimler soon will have a strong presence in the mass market for EVs in China. ...
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How engine gurus cope with the EV's rise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2017

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Engine gurus at powertrain components provider BorgWarner have some interesting views on the rise of electric vehicles. ...
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Would you buy a car from Amazon?

Chris Bryant and Andrea Felsted
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14 2017

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The automotive retail market is too big for Amazon to ignore. ...
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Data: Gold mine or land mine?

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 4 2017

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Fully autonomous cars are coming and many automakers believe that these highly connected vehicles will offer lucrative returns from data that they hope to sell to tech... ...
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Geely, a winner in China, faces uphill battle establishing itself overseas

Yang Jian
4:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2017

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Geely has emerged as the largest domestic carmaker in China this year, but despite its worldwide amb ...
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Piech isolated at family gathering

Christiaan Hetzner
7:16 am U.S. ET | May 30 2017

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Ferdinand Piech made what may be the last appearance at his family's holding company that controls a ...
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After Fields, is anyone safe?

Jason Stein
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29 2017

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Former Ford CEO Mark Fields restored European profits, renegotiated labor agreements and started a movement to the world of mobility. ...
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European sales rise 8% in May, nearing pre-crisis levels
European new-car registrations rose nearly 8 percent in May, with nearly all automakers recording sa ...
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VW, Kia and Lada make big gains as Russia sales rise 15%
New-car registrations in Russia increased 15 percent in May, the third consecutive month of higher s ...
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German sales jump 13% on fleet demand
German new-car sales rose 13 percent in May on two extra selling days and strong sales to business f ...
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Spain sales reach highest May level for 9 years
New-car sales in Spain rose 11 percent in May to the highest level for the month since 2008, helping ...
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VW among winners as Italy's market gains 8%
New-car sales in Italy rose 8.2 percent in May in the best result for the month in nine years as the ...
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French sales rise 9% in May
New-car registrations in France rose 8.9 percent in May with Seat, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes and Renault ...
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European sales fall 7% on VW, British slump
Passenger car registrations fell 7 percent in Europe in April on fewer selling days and a big slump ...
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VW, Kia, Renault benefit as Russia sales rise 7%
New-car sales in Russia rose 7 percent last month as the market's rebound gathered momentum after fo ...
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Spanish sales rise on Easter tourism boost
New-car registrations in Spain rose 1.1 percent in April, boosted by holiday rental sales. VW's Seat ...
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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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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
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SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
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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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Tesla's autopilot software head quits in less than six months
Tesla's head of its autopilot software, Chris Lattner, has left the company within six months of joi ...
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Former VW design chief de Silva joins Edag to style EVs for China
Volkswagen Group's former design chief, Walter de Silva, is styling electric cars for a Chinese comp ...
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Bentley hires Nissan exec for Americas sales post
Bentley tapped a veteran automotive executive from Nissan, Mike Rocco, to become vice president of sales and operations -- a new post -- for the brand's Americas division. ...
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Finance chief Lohscheller to be Opel CEO after Neumann quits
GM's European division Opel is losing its CEO, Karl-Thomas Neumann, just as it prepares to be acquir ...
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McLaren names Melville design chief
McLaren has promoted former Land Rover and Cadillac executive Rob Melville to be its top designer. ...
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BMW Designworks chief Heilmer will head Mini design
BMW has picked Oliver Heilmer to head design at its Mini brand. Heilmer is currently president of BM ...
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Renault names new boss for India, Africa and Middle East
Renault named Fabrice Cambolive as head of the automaker's operations in Africa, the Middle East and ...
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Ford appoints Armstrong head of Europe operations
Ford named company veteran Steven Armstrong as head of its European operations. ...
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Toyota hires key U.S. marketing exec from VW
Toyota has named Volkswagen of America marketing executive Vinay Shahani its vice president of integ ...
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VW brand recruits Hyundai's Sengpiehl as global marketing chief
Volkswagen Group has recruited Hyundai's Jochen Sengpiehl to be global marketing director for its co ...
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Alfa's big bet on the Stelvio
Alfa Romeo is betting on the Stelvio and its fun-to-drive characteristics to boost the appeal of wha ...
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Opel moves Insignia upscale
Opel hopes a wide selection of advanced safety equipment in its new Insignia will move the model upm ...
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Softer Land Rover Discovery keeps its go-anywhere skills
Land Rover is determined to demonstrate that even though the fifth generation of the Discovery has b ...
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Honda counts on new Civic for boost in Europe
Honda's latest Civic benefited from the largest development program for a single model in the compan ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
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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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