Eastern Europe

Gestamp boss eyes growth in outsourcing, hot stamping

July 12, 2018 06:01 CET

Gestamp expects the expanding trend of automakers' outsourcing to suppliers will continue to help the Spanish metal parts supplier. Gestamp Chairman Francisco Riberas predicted that further growth would be driven by automakers' reluctance to invest capital in press shops for new plants.... Read More »

JUNE SALES

Russia sales growth slows during World Cup

July 5, 2018 14:31 CET

New-car sales in Russia rose 11 percent in June, down from an 18 percent leap in May, an industry lobby group said, with analysts blaming the country's hosting of the soccer World Cup for the dip in demand.... Read More »

Russia car market could slow after tax hike

July 5, 2018 09:38 CET

The Russian government's plan to increase value added tax to compensate for President Vladimir Putin's ambitious new economic goals is set to hit car sales that have only just started to recover from four years of stagnation, sellers say.... Read More »

Renault launches mandatory offer for remaining AvtoVAZ shares

July 3, 2018 09:18 CET

Renault has launched a mandatory offer to buy out the remaining shareholders in Russian automaker AvtoVAZ, the French automaker said.... Read More »

Renault teases coupe-styled crossover

June 29, 2018 10:57 CET

Renault will display a pre-production version of a new compact crossover at the Moscow auto show in August.... Read More »

Russia may slap duties on U.S. cars, light trucks

12:04 pm U.S. ET | June 22, 2018

Russia is the latest country to threaten the U.S. with retaliation for tariffs on metals imports, warning Friday that American cars could soon face higher taxes.... Read More »

PSA agrees 8% wage hike with unions in Slovakia

June 13, 2018 17:56 CET

PSA has agreed a wage rise of nearly 8 percent with trade unions at its Slovak unit. The plant builds the Citroen C3 and Peugeot 208 models.... Read More »

JLR will cut more UK jobs as it moves Discovery output to Slovakia

June 11, 2018 15:12 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is set to cut more jobs in Britain as it moves all production of the Land Rover Discovery to lower-cost Slovakia before building its new Range Rover at an English factory.... Read More »

Ford will add second model at Romania plant

May 23, 2018 10:47 CET

Ford won't say which second model it will add at its plant in Craiova, Romania, but it's speculated that it could be an electric SUV.... Read More »

Russia, Japan, Turkey warn of tariff retaliation against U.S.

8:25 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2018

Japan, Russia and Turkey have warned the United States about potential retaliation for its tariffs on steel and aluminum, the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday, bringing the total U.S. tariff bill to around $3.5 billion annually.... Read More »

PSA has new heads for Russia, purchasing; sends sales expert to Opel

May 17, 2018 15:01 CET

PSA has appointed executives to accelerate growth in Russia, boost sales at Opel, and improve purchasing efficiencies and synergies within the company.... Read More »

Moscow mulls support for Deripaska's GAZ

May 14, 2018 20:16 CET

Russia is considering providing support to some of tycoon Oleg Deripaska's businesses, including GAZ Group, which is Russia's biggest van maker as well as a contract manufacturer that builds models for the Mercedes, VW and Skoda brands in Nizhny Novgorod.... Read More »

Putin dumps his Mercedes for limo made in Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin ditched his stretched Mercedes when traveling to his inauguration last week.... Read More »

Putin sends patriotic message by ditching Mercedes for Russian-made limousine

May 8, 2018 11:10 CET

President Vladimir Putin traveled to his inauguration for a new six-year term in a Russian-made limousine, ditching his old stretch Mercedes to send a patriotic message of self-sufficiency amid increased tensions with the West.... Read More »

APRIL SALES

Russian sales rise 18% as buyers try to beat price hikes

May 8, 2018 15:20 CET

New-car sales in Russia rose 18 percent in April, as consumers hastened purchases anticipating that ruble weakness will push up prices.... Read More »

BMW may get state aid for Czech test center

April 30, 2018 15:55 CET

BMW may get state aid worth 18.7 million euros to build a test center for self-driving and electric vehicles in the Czech Republic.... Read More »

New VW CEO inherits Russian alliance clouded by Trump sanctions

10:52 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2018

Volkswagen's ties to GAZ Group, the vehicle maker owned by billionaire Oleg Deripaska, could expose the world's biggest auto manufacturer to the United States crackdown on Russian oligarchs... Read More »

MARCH SALES

Russia sales forecast to increase 10% in 2018

April 6, 2018 14:34 CET

Russia's sales are forecast to grow 10 percent this year as the market recovers faster than expected. Sales in March increased by 14 percent.... Read More »

Skoda unions raise stakes in wage demands

April 4, 2018 10:52 CET

Unions at Skoda have withdrawn from a deal on flexible working shifts, as they seek a double-digit pay raise and threaten strikes.... Read More »

Skoda mulls new plant to meet record demand

March 30, 2018 06:01 CET

Skoda may need to build another plant in Europe to keep pace with its record-breaking sales, CEO Bernhard Maier said.... Read More »

Nexteer expects to double Europe revenue

March 29, 2018 06:01 CET

Global steering supplier Nexteer believes that its expansion into Northern Africa will help it double revenue in Europe by 2020, allowing it to better compete against rivals Robert Bosch and ZF Friedrichshafen in the region.... Read More »

Skoda has 'ambitious' sales target for small SUV

March 27, 2018 11:06 CET

Skoda says it has "ambitious sales targets" for its new small SUV, which will arrive next year. The Czech brand said new model will account for much of the planned 80,000 capacity increase at its main factory, quickly making it the brand's No. 2-selling SUV after the compact-sized Karoq.... Read More »

EU largely wins WTO challenge against Russian duty on vans

March 23, 2018 13:15 CET

The EU largely won a WTO appeal ruling in a dispute over Russia's anti-dumping duties on German and Italian light commercial vehicles.... Read More »

Skoda offers 8% wage hike to avert strike

March 21, 2018 16:32 CET

Skoda has proposed an 8.3 percent hike in wage tariffs in a bid to reach an agreement on pay and shift work with unions.... Read More »

Skoda expects Citigo EV to counter risk of CO2 emissions fines

March 19, 2018 06:01 CET

Skoda will launch a full-electric version of its Citigo minicar after its push into the hot-selling SUV market put the automaker at risk of fines for missing EU CO2 emissions reduction targets.... Read More »

 
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How I became a diesel believer again

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14 2018

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Why Ford execs are lobbying for the Focus sedan

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13 2018

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The pride that two key Ford executives have in the Focus sedan is so strong that they petitioned jou ...
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Goodwood turns up the heat on traditional auto shows

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11 2018

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed has an edge that traditional auto shows in Paris, Detroit and Geneva ...
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New refuge for abandoned minivan fans?

Andrea Malan
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 10 2018

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Loyal minivan buyers who aren't willing to join the shift to SUVs appear to have found refuge in one ...
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Opel's labor boss is ready for a fight

Christiaan Hetzner
12:14 pm U.S. ET | July 5 2018

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Opel's works council boss has spent most of the past six years quietly settling labor conflicts behi ...
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Why PSA is OK that its new compact vans are so alike

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 3 2018

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PSA Group's new compact vans have a lot in common, a trait that is often very beneficial in the ligh ...
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VW could benefit most in U.S. from Ford alliance

Nick Gibbs
7:59 am U.S. ET | June 25 2018

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VW and Ford's announcement that they are exploring a development and production alliance for commerc ...
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VW board was weak and indecisive over Audi CEO crisis


5:30 am U.S. ET | June 20 2018

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When a crisis strikes, a company's board must spring into action and take charge to quickly restore ...
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Stadler's words return to haunt him

Christiaan Hetzner
9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler could not have been more prophetic when he said last month: "The diesel cris ...
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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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We all know Ferdinand Porsche. But history has forgotten that it was his boy, Ferry, who created the ...
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UK market 'stabilizing' despite sales falling nearly 4% on diesel plunge
UK registrations fell 3.5 percent in June as demand for diesels plunged. VW Group's Seat had the big ...
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Russia sales growth slows during World Cup
New-car sales in Russia rose 11 percent in June, down from an 18 percent leap in May, an industry lo ...
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VW Group brands gain as German market rises 4%
VW Group brands were among the winners last month as the German market rose 4.2 percent. Through Jun ...
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Italy market decline accelerates in June
Sales of new cars in Italy declined 7.3 percent in June, according to figures published by the count ...
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Spanish car sales rise 8 percent in June
New-car registrations in Spain increased 8 percent in June to 142,376 despite one fewer selling day ...
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Seat, Fiat, DS gain as French sales rise 9% in June
New-car registrations in France rose by 9. ...
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China in control as industry enters new era
China has been the world's biggest auto market since 2009, when it eclipsed the U.S. ...
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European sales flat in May on fewer sales days
European sales rose a marginal 0.6 percent in May due in part to fewer working days. ...
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Jeep is biggest winner as Spain sales rise 7%
New-car registrations in Spain increased 7 percent in May with healthy demand from private and compa ...
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German market down 6% but VW bucks trend with new SUV
VW brand was among the few brands that gained new volume as German vehicle sales fell nearly 6 perce ...
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CNG car sales set to rise on tougher emissions rules
European demand for cars powered by compressed natural gas has shown signs of life after a half-deca ...
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Europe's small SUV sales projected to 'grow like crazy'
European sales of small SUVs are poised to surge beyond the segment's typically strong growth, as ne ...
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Premium automakers add drivetrains, body styles to stabilize midsize sales
Europe's premium automakers are diversifying drivetrain and body style choices in the core midsize s ...
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Europe's automakers invest in sedans despite SUV surge
Automakers in Europe are continuing to invest in sedans even though the body style has been losing c ...
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Hyundai, Seat add body styles to spice up key sector
Automakers such as Hyundai, Ford, Kia and Seat are experimenting with new compact-car body styles in ...
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Audi, BMW forecast to give key SUV sector a lift with new flagships
A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW an ...
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
Germany's premium brands are under pressure to accelerate their plans for electric cars after Tesla' ...
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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 Group names Porsche exec as strategy chief
VW Group named Porsche executive Juergen Rittersberger as its new head of strategy. He replaces Thom ...
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Opel names Brunet as new finance chief
Opel has appointed Frederic Brunet as its new chief financial officer, replacing Phillipe de Rovira, ...
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VW names Sedran as head of commercial vehicles
VW has named Thomas Sedran to lead its commercial vehicles division. Currently VW's head of strategy ...
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Ex-ZF CEO to join VW Group as procurement chief
Former ZF CEO Stefan Sommer, who steered the supplier's 2015 acquisition of TRW, will join VW Group ...
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Renault-Nissan names ex-Daimler exec connected car boss
Renault-Nissan has picked former Daimler executive Kal Mos to lead the alliance's connected car acti ...
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Lotus taps Aston Martin exec for newly created post
Lotus has hired a top Aston Martin executive as its commercial director -- a new job for the UK spor ...
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Bosch names new autos boss, appoints digital chief
Bosch is reorganizing its top management, appointing company veterans to head its mobility services ...
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Audi said to appoint former Rolls-Royce exec as Europe sales chief
Audi's new European sales chief is former Rolls-Royce executive Fintan Knight, a source familiar with the matter said. ...
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Daimler sales, HR expert is new Smart boss
Daimler executive Karen Adt will become the head of the Smart brand, succeeding Annette Winkler. ...
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IAC names former Magna exec Manfred Gingl as CEO
International Automotive Components Group (IAC) named former Magna International executive Manfred G ...
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Volvo counts on V60 wagon to help balance SUV surge
Volvo is counting on the V60 station wagon to provide a strong alternative to buyers who are looking ...
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Suzuki keeps Jimny's gritty look for new generation
Suzuki is gearing up to launch the fourth generation of its long-running Jimny small SUV 20 years af ...
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Audi drops A1 diesel variant due to low demand
Audi's new A1 Sportback subcompact hatchback will launch without a diesel version and will only be a ...
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Volvo's new S60 signals 'dynamic' powertrain changes
The redesigned Volvo S60 compact sports sedan will be Volvo's first U.S.-manufactured vehicle and it ...
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BMW 8 series will offer 320-hp diesel in Europe
BMW is reintroducing the 8 series with a diesel engine, which the automaker said is unprecedented in ...
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Kia shakes up Ceed family
Kia is shaking up its Ceed compact car family in response to the rising popularity of SUVs and cross ...
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Ford gives new Focus multiple personalities
Ford says it has has injected more emotion and personality into the new Focus compact in a bid to ra ...
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BMW X5 gains space, off-road package
BMW's new X5 SUV is getting a major styling makeover and will be larger than its predecessor with ex ...
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Audi Q8 debuts with plans for autonomous parking system
Audi's Q8 flagship SUV will offer a feature called garage pilot that will allow the driver to be out ...
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VW takes Touareg upscale with high-tech features
VW has packed its new Touareg with the latest high-tech equipment available, including thermal imagi ...
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Suppliers to the new Seat Ateca
Assembly of the all-new Seat Ateca began in April 2016 at parent Volkswagen Group's plant in Kvasiny ...
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Suppliers to the new Porsche 718 Cayman
Assembly of the third-generation Porsche Cayman began in July 2016 at parent Volkswagen Group’ ...
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Suppliers to the new Nissan Micra
Assembly of the fifth-generation Nissan Micra began in December 2016 at alliance partner RenaultR ...
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Suppliers to the new Hyundai i30
Assembly of the third-generation Hyundai i30 began in December 2016 at Hyundai's plant in Nosovice, ...
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Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia
Assembly of the third-generation Ope/Vauxhall Insignia began in March 2016 at the automaker's plant ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford GT
Assembly of the second-generation Ford GT began in October 2016 at Ford's plant in Markham, Canada. ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A5
Assembly of the second-generation Audi A5 began in June 2016 at the Volkswagen Group subsidiary's pl ...
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Suppliers to the new Honda Civic
Assembly of the 10th-generation Honda Civic began in July 2016 in at Honda's plant in Swindon, Engla ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford Fiesta
Assembly of the seventh-generation Ford Fiesta began in May 2017 in at Ford's plant in Cologne, Germ ...
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Suppliers to the new Citroen C3
Assembly of the third-generation Citroen C3 began in September 2016 in at PSA's plant in Trnava, Slo ...
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