Eastern Europe

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 »

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BLOG: Bo Andersson shares lessons learned at Lada

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2016

Bo Andersson, the departing CEO of Lada maker AvtoVAZ, used his farewell email to say he was “proud” of what he and staff achieved and that the experience “strengthened my belief in dealing with data and not opinions.”... Read More »

Volvo to recall 3,316 cars in Russia, agency says

April 1, 2016 12:40 CET

Volvo will recall 3,316 vehicles built this year on possible faults with the cars' electronic systems, the country's technical safety watchdog said today.... Read More »

Audi workers in Hungary threaten to strike over pay

March 30, 2016 13:52 CET

Workers at Audi's factory in Hungary are threatening to strike unless they get a back-dated pay rise and other benefits. A strike would hit production of A3 and TT models built at the plant.... Read More »

Daimler plans to boost efficiency at Hungary compact car plant

March 23, 2016 13:06 CET

Daimler said it will invest 250 million euros to improve the flexibility and efficiency of its Mercedes plant in Kecskemet, Hungary. The factory builds three Mercedes compact cars.... Read More »

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Renault picks company veteran to head Dacia

March 21, 2016 16:18 CET

Renault named veteran executive Yves Caracatzanis as head of its Dacia low-cost brand in Romania.... Read More »

Daimler may pick Poland instead of Russia for new car plant, reports say

March 18, 2016 06:01 CET

Daimler is considering Poland instead of Russia for a Mercedes car plant, reports in the Polish and German press said. The automaker is looking at a Polish site rejected by Jaguar Land Rover when the UK company opted for Slovakia for its new factory.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ's new boss faces a tough job at Russian carmaker

March 16, 2016 10:28 CET

Nicolas Maure, brought in to turn around Renault-Nissan's Russian carmaker, AvtoVAZ, faces a tough challenge at a company where his predecessor, Bo Andersson, failed to stop sales from falling and could not overcome powerful vested interests among shareholders, suppliers and workers.... Read More »

Renault Romania chief Maure to become AvtoVAZ CEO

March 15, 2016 12:42 CET

Nicolas Maure, the head of Renault's Romanian business, will replace Bo Andersson as CEO of AvtoVAZ, Russia's biggest automaker.... Read More »

Renault Romania chief to become AvtoVAZ CEO, report says

March 15, 2016 10:25 CET

Nicolas Maure, the head of Renault's Romanian subsidiary Dacia, will replace Bo Andersson as CEO of Lada owner AvtoVAZ, Russia's largest automaker, Reuters reported.... Read More »

Kia eyes steady sales, increased market share in Russia

March 14, 2016 15:43 CET

Kia aims to increase its share of the ailing Russia car market where it is the No. 2 brand by vehicle sales. Kia's investments in local production have allowed it to undercut rivals who rely on costly imported parts.... Read More »

Was Bo Andersson too tough for AvtoVAZ?

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

The tougher the challenge, the more Bo Andersson, the former purchasing czar at General Motors, seemed to relish it. But Russia’s recession-plagued auto industry proved more of a challenge than even Andersson could master.... Read More »

Ford, Toyota buck Russian market slump with sales gains

March 10, 2016 12:46 CET

Ford and Toyota had sales gains in an overall Russian market that was down 13 percent in February. A stronger ruble and increased government aid for the auto industry slowed the market's slump.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: At AvtoVAZ, Andersson is a tough act to follow

4:28 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2016

Former top GM executive Bo Andersson looked the ideal candidate to turn around the maker of Lada cars when he became AvtoVAZ's first Western CEO. Now Russia's biggest automaker and its majority owner Renault-Nissan will have a hard time replacing arguably the world's toughest auto executive.... Read More »

NICK GIBBS

BLOG: At AvtoVAZ, Andersson is a tough act to follow

4:28 am U.S. ET | March 8, 2016

Former top GM executive Bo Andersson looked the ideal candidate to turn around the maker of Lada cars when he became AvtoVAZ's first Western CEO. Now Russia's biggest automaker and its majority owner Renault-Nissan will have a hard time replacing arguably the world's toughest auto executive.... Read More »

Nobody is making money in Russia, right, Toyota?

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2016

Carlos Ghosn may be in an awkward position the next time he runs into Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda. At the Geneva show last week, the Renault-Nissan CEO said he didn't think anyone was making money in Russia. But Toyota did last year, and in 2014.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ CEO Andersson to step down

March 7, 2016 09:36 CET

Renault-Nissan said Bo Andersson planned to step down as CEO of AvtoVAZ, which builds Lada cars. Renault-Nissan has a majority stake in the holding company that controls AvtoVAZ.... Read More »

 
Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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EU governments have refused to tighten auto industry oversight despite pleas from environmental grou ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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Why convertible SUVs could have a bright future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6 2016

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Convertible roof specialist Webasto says the Range Rover Evoque cabrio's five-layered folding fabric ...
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Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4 2016

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Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combina ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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IAC promotes two execs to head N.A., Europe operations
International Automotive Components named Maurice Sessel and Kelli Carney to run its North American and European operations, respectively. ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Hyundai Tucson gets big boost from Europe's SUV boom
Hyundai expects the Tucson to change perceptions of the brand in Europe, thanks to its bolder design ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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