Eastern Europe

AvtoVAZ cuts loss to $171 million as Russia recovers

Feb. 15, 2018 11:55 CET

Russia's biggest automaker, AvtoVAZ, said its annual net loss narrowed to 9.7 billion rubles ($171 million) last year from a loss of 44.8 billion rubles in 2016, helped by cost cuts and the recovery of the Russian car market.... Read More »

Skoda wage offer rejected by Czech unions

Feb. 15, 2018 10:15 CET

Unions at Skoda have rejected a wage offer from the automaker and started preparations for a possible strike, labor representatives said.... Read More »

Electric cars threaten to leave behind East European suppliers

Feb. 8, 2018 09:50 CET

Slovakia makes more cars per person than anywhere else in Europe, yet the only EVs being built in the country are e-Up minicars at VW's Bratislava plant. Now there's a growing sense that the country needs to keep up or it will lose out.... Read More »

JANUARY SALES

Renault, Kia and Ford are winners as Russia sales rise 31%

Feb. 6, 2018 14:33 CET

Renault, Kia and Ford were big winners in Russia in January after the new-car market grew by 31 percent in the biggest monthly increase since 2011.... Read More »

Renault, Rostek may replace AvtoVAZ chief, reports say

Feb. 6, 2018 18:36 CET

Renault and Russian state conglomerate Rostec, main shareholders of AvtoVAZ, are considering replacing its CEO, Russian news agencies reported.... Read More »

Toyota, PSA's Czech plant will raise wages 16% over two years

Jan. 25, 2018 12:19 CET

Toyota and PSA's joint Czech plant will raise wages by an average 16.4 percent over the next two years, the plant's unions said.... Read More »

Renault's risk on subcompacts in Russia paid off

Jan. 25, 2018 06:01 CET

Renault's bet on subcompact sales rising in Russia rather than following rivals into the compact sector was one a good move, said product planning chief Bruno Ancelin in an interview with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Hungary's EV charging network will be expanded by Finnish utility Fortum

Jan. 22, 2018 17:03 CET

Finnish utility Fortum will expand Hungary's electric car charging network in partnership with local NKM National Utilities.... Read More »

Ford may export to Europe from Russia

Jan. 19, 2018 06:01 CET

Ford's Russian factories are busy now that the market is recovering but the company may still export vehicles to Europe from its local joint venture.... Read More »

Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017

Jan. 14, 2018 06:01 CET

Kia and VW brand were the top gainers in Russia last year as the country's new-car market rebounded from a four-year slump with 12 percent growth.... Read More »

Ford will increase Russian production on growing SUV, van demand

Jan. 10, 2018 14:46 CET

Ford is taking advantage of Russia's rebounding market by increasing production at its Yelabuga plant to meet growing demand for SUVs and vans.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Renault, Lada, Hyundai-Kia poised to gain from Russia's new stability

Jan. 3, 2018 06:01 CET

Russia's strengthening auto market is good news for automakers such as Renault-Nissan and its Russian subsidiary AvtoVAZ, as well as Hyundai and sister brand Kia. These three dominant players are poised to profit most from the market's rebound.... Read More »

Tesla wooed by Hungary with tax breaks, report says

Dec. 15, 2017 09:44 CET

Hungary's foreign minister met Tesla executives during a tour of Silicon Valley and explained to them the tax breaks and other incentives offered to automakers in the country, a local news agency reported.... Read More »

BMW will build Czech test track for self-driving cars

Dec. 15, 2017 12:27 CET

BMW will invest $118 million on a test track for self-driving and electric cars in the Czech Republic as it expands its push into alternative driving technologies.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

VW, Ford gain as Russia sales rise 15%

Dec. 8, 2017 15:44 CET

New-car sales in Russia rose 15 percent in November. VW and Ford sales both jumped 29 percent.... Read More »

VW said to be in talks to buy stake in Russia's GAZ

Dec. 2, 2017 09:39 CET

Volkswagen is in talks to buy a stake in Russia's GAZ, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

SK Innovation picks Hungary for battery plant to meet EV demand in Europe

Nov. 30, 2017 11:57 CET

South Korea's SK Innovation will invest $777 million to build an electric vehicle battery plant in Hungary to meet demand from automakers in Europe.... Read More »

Toyota will build new engine for hybrid cars in Poland

Nov. 29, 2017 12:48 CET

Toyota is investing $113 million in its Polish engine plant to build a 1.5-liter gasoline unit for hybrid cars.... Read More »

PSA seeks to capitalize on Russia rebound with van production

Nov. 27, 2017 11:55 CET

PSA will start production of Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy vans at its plant in Kaluga, Russia, as the automaker seeks to increase sales in the Russian market, which is rebounding from a deep slump.... Read More »

PSA may build engines in Opel factory, report says

Nov. 24, 2017 11:42 CET

PSA will use an Opel factory to build 200,000 gasoline engines instead of its own Trnava plant in Slovakia, as initially planned, as the automaker gears up to produce more vehicles based on its future common modular platform, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

China's Geely targets Russia market with Belarus plant

Nov. 21, 2017 10:53 CET

China's Geely has teamed up with Belarus to open a plant producing vehicles targeted at the Russian market.... Read More »

GM's parting with Russia has been such sweet sorrow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2017

General Motors pulled out of Russia in 2015, but still does pretty well there.... Read More »

Skoda will build EVs in Czech Republic

Nov. 20, 2017 10:36 CET

Skoda will build a full-electric vehicle in the Czech Republic as part of plans for an electrified lineup... Read More »

Poland plant marks premium move for IAC

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

IAC Group's new plant in Poland is a strategy play to be at the doorstep of global luxury automakers as the industry shifts to higher-grade interiors.... Read More »

OCTOBER SALES

Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%

Nov. 10, 2017 11:13 CET

Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 percent.... Read More »

 
Renault follows Audi into the potentially lucrative e-sports world

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2018

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Renault is following other major corporate sponsors, including Audi, into the potentially lucrative ...
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VW has fixed its China operations and is now set to keep its lead

Yang Jian
5:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9 2018

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GM, Toyota, Honda, Geely and Great Wall have all had good starts to the year in China, posting stron ...
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Polestar CEO's challenge: embracing change

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2018

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Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath made the rare transition of from design boss to chief executive of his ...
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For German automakers, an ugly past that won't go away

Christiaan Hetzner
2:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2018

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The moral depths to which Volkswagen was willing to sink in order to defraud public opinion about th ...
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Jaguar XJ could be reborn as electric Tesla fighter

Richard Truett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23 2018

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Autocar reported this week that the Jaguar XJ flagship sedan is being rebuilt from the wheels ...
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Peugeot's decision to give 3008 and 5008 SUV styling pays off

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19 2018

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Peugeot's decision to replace its 3008 and 5008 minivans with more crossover-oriented versions has p ...
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BMW exec combines Silicon Valley innovation with corporate rigor

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17 2018

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German automotive companies have acknowledged that they need to foster a work culture more akin to S ...
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Will Mercedes' G class get juiced?

Amy Wilson
9:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2018

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Mercedes could make an electric variant of its iconic G-class SUV, Dieter Zetsche seemed to imply in ...
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PSA develops possible Renault Twizy rival

Peter Sigal
4:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2018

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PSA's latest effort in the field of mobility services is a plug-in hybrid three-wheeled scooter that ...
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PSA should sell UK Vauxhall plant to Jaguar Land Rover

Nick Gibbs
3:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2018

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A second round of job cuts shows PSA is struggling with the viability of its newly acquired Ellesmer ...
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European sales rise 7% in January, boosted by SUVs
Europe's new-car market opened the year with 7 percent sales growth in January. Almost all automaker ...
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Renault, Kia and Ford are winners as Russia sales rise 31%
Renault, Kia and Ford were big winners in Russia in January after the new-car market grew by 31 perc ...
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French, Asian brands outstrip home rivals in rising German market
French and most Asian brands outstripped domestic rivals in sales growth in a German market up 12 pe ...
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UK sales fall 6% in January with diesel demand slumping
UK registrations fell 6 percent last month as weaker consumer confidence and uncertainty over the fu ...
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Italy sales rise 3% on extra selling day
New-car sales in Italy rose 3.4 percent to 177,822 in January, according to figures published by Ita ...
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Spain sales surge 20% in January
New-car sales in Spain surged 20 percent in January on strong demand for the VW, Seat and Peugeot br ...
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France sales increase nearly 3% in January
New-car registrations in France rose 2.5 percent in January, with sales helped by strong gains at Pe ...
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European sales fall 5% in December with Fiat, Nissan and Skoda among biggest losers
European new-car sales fell nearly 5 percent in December, hurt by extra days off for Christmas versu ...
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Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017
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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
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
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Toyota promotes female executive to top management level
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Rolls-Royce appoints new engineering chief
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Kuniskis' job: Fan excitement for Alfa, Maserati
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FCA names new global boss for Alfa, Maserati
Fiat Chrysler named Tim Kuniskis to be the new global head for Maserati and Alfa Romeo while trimmin ...
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New ZF CEO is former Bosch autos boss Scheider
ZF recruits mew CEO from Mahle, which had grabbed him from Bosch. Mahle promotes the man it recruite ...
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Nissan Europe promotes veteran alliance exec to top sales job
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Valeo appoints new China president
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Former Bosch autos chief will be new ZF CEO, reports say
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Skoda veteran named Audi's China sales chief
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Schaeffler names former BMW exec as new e-mobility chief
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BMW makes leaner, sleeker 6-series GT
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Volvo counts on XC40 for conquests
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
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Citroen sees C3 Aircross luring minivan loyalists
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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
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Suppliers to the new Toyota C-HR
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
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