Eastern Europe

Chinese automaker JAC mulls EV factory in Bulgaria

June 23, 2016 10:33 CET

China's JAC Motors is considering opening a factory in Bulgaria as an entry point to Europe for its electric cars. The company would be the second Chinese automaker to build cars in the EU's poorest country after Great Wall.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ faces challenge from Hyundai, Kia for No. 1 position in Russia

June 19, 2016 06:01 CET

Hyundai and Kia are using the decline of Russia's car industry to boost market share as they maintain production levels and keep prices low during an economic downturn. This is putting pressure on Renault-Nissan's Russian venture AvtoVAZ.... Read More »

Fiat Chrysler to lay off 30% of workforce at 500L plant in Serbia, union says

June 15, 2016 17:49 CET

Fiat Chrysler's Serbian unit will lay off nearly 30 percent of its workforce, ending one of its three shifts producing 500L models, a union leader said.... Read More »

Daimler confirms talks with Russia for car plant

June 15, 2016 11:04 CET

Daimler confirmed it is in talks with Russian authorities to build Mercedes cars in the country after reports said the automaker plans to build SUVs from kits at a new plant near Moscow.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ CEO rules out profits before 2018

June 14, 2016 14:52 CET

AvtoVAZ, the Russian automaker controlled by Renault and Nissan, will not return to profit until at least 2018, CEO Nicolas Maure told a Russian business daily.... Read More »

Russia car sales fall 15% in May

June 8, 2016 16:01 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8.5 percent fall in April, but an industry body believes the economy may have reached its lowest point and might even grow in 2017.... Read More »

Czech car industry needs more workers to grow, automotive group says

June 2, 2016 15:52 CET

A lack of workers is acting as a brake on growth for the Czech car industry, an automotive group said. The body estimates that the Czech industry as a whole, of which automakers are a major part, currently needs an additional 52,000 employees.... Read More »

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 »

NICK GIBBS

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 »

 
Nissan struggles to make sense of Sunderland shocker

Nick Gibbs
5:42 am U.S. ET | June 28 2016

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Nissan's team in the UK is “shell-shocked” by the decision of the country's voters to leave the EU, a person close to the company told me. ...
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Goodbye to the Europe I knew

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 27 2016

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I am deeply shocked and disappointed by the decision of British voters to leave the European Union. ...
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Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23 2016

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Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche ...
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VW's long day as shareholders quiz management

Christiaan Hetzner
6:40 am U.S. ET | June 22 2016

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As Volkswagen's 56th annual shareholder meeting began there were still long lines of people waiting ...
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Probe overshadows VW's annual meeting

Christiaan Hetzner
7:01 am U.S. ET | June 21 2016

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When VW shareholders gather for their annual meeting it is sure to be a turbulent event, not least b ...
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How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10 2016

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Ford of Europe's 6. ...
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Peugeot offers a two-wheel solution for congested cities

Bruce Gain
9:46 am U.S. ET | June 1 2016

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Peugeot's new 3008 SUV will offer owners a solution to the problem of getting around congested inner cities: an electric bicycle or an electric scooter that can fold up and... ...
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Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

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

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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VW Group sales rise nearly 2% in May, helped by Audi, Skoda gains
Volkswagen Group's global sales rose 1.6 percent in May, helped by rising demand for Audi and Skoda ...
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VW brand sales stable as Europe, China demand offsets drops in U.S., Brazil
Volkswagen brand sales slipped 0.7 percent last month with gains in Europe and China offsetting decl ...
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Russia car sales fall 15% in May
New-car sales in Russia fell 15 percent in May, after an 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 14% in May
Western European car registrations increased 14 percent in May as demand rose last month in Germany, ...
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Mercedes SUVs help boost U.S. sales lead over Lexus, BMW
Mercedes outsold its luxury auto competitors in the U.S. in May, building its lead in a down month t ...
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VW sales in U.S. fall 17% for worst May since 2010
Continued weakness in car deliveries led Volkswagen of America to its worst May U.S. ...
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French car sales jump 22% in May on extra selling days
French registrations rose 22 percent in May, benefiting from three extra selling days. ...
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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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VW veteran Powels faces tough task in South America
VW brand named David Powels as head of its South American operations. Powels faces a tough challenge ...
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Faraday names Ferrari exec Mattiacci global brand chief
Electric vehicle startup Faraday Future appointed longtime Ferrari executive Marco Mattiacci to the post of global chief brand and commercial officer. ...
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GM names Boler-Davis head of global manufacturing
General Motors named Alicia Boler-Davis as its head of global manufacturing and labor relations, the ...
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Ford picks VanDyke to be new Europe marketing chief
Ford has picked Matt VanDyke as its new marketing chief in Europe. VanDyke currently leads Lincoln's ...
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Nissan Europe names new product planning chief
Nissan Europe has named Ponz Pandikuthira, its current light commercial vehicle director, as the aut ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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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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Suzuki Baleno is company's first model in Europe with fuel-saving mild hybrid
Suzuki has boosted fuel economy in its new Baleno hatchback by using a mild hybrid system for the fi ...
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MG aims first SUV at budget buyers
MG Motor, a Chinese-owned UK brand, is aiming its first SUV, the GS, at families looking for a budge ...
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Maserati expects first SUV to become its best-seller
Maserati is embracing the boom in luxury SUV sales with the launch of its Levante crossover, which t ...
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McLaren aims cozy 570GT at new audience
McLaren says that the 570GT is the first supercar it has produced that was not conceived primarily w ...
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VW Tiguan offers more room, less weight
Volkswagen has made its new Tiguan lighter, roomier and added more technology as standard equipment ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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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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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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