Eastern Europe

Great Wall to complete Russian plant despite shaky economy

Aug. 29, 2016 19:38 CET

Great Wall Motor, China's largest SUV/crossover maker, is moving ahead with construction of a full-scale assembly plant in Russia even though sales are slow there.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ's Togliatti plant to move to shorter week

Aug. 17, 2016 12:41 CET

AvtoVAZ said its Togliatti plant will move to a four-day week from October to February as the Russian market continues to be hit by sluggish demand. The factory builds Lada, Nissan and Renault cars.... Read More »

Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars

Aug. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 percent. The brand said demand for its new Vesta and XRay cars had exceeded expectations.... Read More »

Daimler will build second Mercedes plant in Hungary

July 29, 2016 10:29 CET

Daimler will invest $1.1 billion in a second Mercedes plant in Hungary to build front- and rear-wheel drive cars, and possibly alternative powertrain models.... Read More »

Brexit forecast to hit car production and jobs in Slovakia

July 15, 2016 12:15 CET

Slovakia, which is home to VW, PSA and Kia car plants, will see slower growth and up to 4,000 job losses as a result of the UK's decision to exit the EU, the country's finance ministry says.... Read More »

Romania seeks to attract further automakers, minister says

July 11, 2016 12:17 CET

Romania's government is in talks with two leading automakers about the possibility of opening a production plant, the country's economy minister said.... Read More »

Hyperloop, flying cars part of Slovakia's startup craze

July 9, 2016 06:01 CET

A company developing flying cars and a firm working on high-speed travel are just two of the startups popping up in Slovakia as entrepreneurs trained abroad return to their homeland to take advantage of cheap land and skilled workers to develop innovative products.... Read More »

Russia car sales fall 13% in June

July 8, 2016 14:43 CET

Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine continued to hit demand. Registrations for the first six months were down 14 percent.... Read More »

EU mulls tariffs on Russia, Iran, others over steel

July 8, 2016 11:36 CET

The EU threatened to hit Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Iran and Brazil with tariffs on a type of steel known as hot-rolled coil, highlighting concerns about job losses in the EU industry.... Read More »

VW unit sells Russia bond to fund local operations

July 5, 2016 15:24 CET

VW's financial services unit has sold a 5 billion ruble ($78 million) bond in Russia to fund its local operations, its first issue in the country's battered debt market in almost two years.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover says 'short-term' Brexit impact will not affect Slovak plant

June 29, 2016 11:49 CET

Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's biggest automaker, said the short-term effects of Britain's decision to leave the EU will not affect plans to build a new plant in Slovakia, where production is slated to begin in 2018.... Read More »

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 »

 
Delphi, Mobileye deal may hasten decline of car brands

Christiaan Hetzner
7:58 am U.S. ET | Aug. 29 2016

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Ghosn's life-changing post-Christmas offer

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:37 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22 2016

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Carlos Ghosn's powers of persuasion are very hard to resist, Nissan Brazil's current boss learned on Dec. 26. 2011. ...
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Automakers face uncertainty over key Chinese government policies

Yang Jian
6:24 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19 2016

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Auto executives in China are worried these days. ...
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Confessions of a diesel junkie


12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3 2016

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My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career ...
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VW brand suffers most as car sales fall 2% in Europe's top 5 markets in July
VW brand car sales fell steeply in Europe's top five markets in July as the automaker continued to s ...
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Lada defies Russian market slump with new Western-style cars
Lada bucked the Russia's steep slump with a 4 percent rise in sales last month in a market down 17 p ...
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UK car sales flat in July amid signs of a consumer slowdown
British new-car sales were flat in July but demand from private consumers fell, suggesting a hit to ...
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Western Europe sales fall 2% in first monthly decline since 2013
New-car sales in western Europe fell 2 percent in July, the first monthly decline since August 2013, ...
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German car sales fell 3.9% in July as VW Group takes big hit
New-car sales in Germany fell 3.9 percent in July on fewer selling days, with VW Group brands suffer ...
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Italy car sales growth slows to 2.9% in July
New-car sales in Italy grew by 2.9 percent in July -- less than the double-digit growth recorded in ...
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French new-car sales plunged nearly 10% in July
French car sales fell 9.6 percent in July on fewer selling days with PSA and VW Group suffering stee ...
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Europe's first-half sales growth beats predictions, but Brexit could slow surge
Europe's first-half car sales grew by a stronger-than-expected 9.1 percent with nearly every automak ...
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European June car sales slow as Brexit vote reduces confidence
European car-sales growth slowed to 6.5 percent in June as the British vote on exiting the EU weighe ...
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Russia car sales fall 13% in June
Russian car sales fell 13 percent in June as an economic crisis driven by low oil prices and Western ...
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Bentley recruits new sales chief from VW's Seat
Bentley named Andreas Offermann from VW Group's Seat brand as its new sales and marketing chief as t ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Bentley names new head of exterior design
Bentley has promoted John Paul Gregory to its head of exterior design. Gregory was previously advanc ...
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Audi lures Volvo exec to lead electrics unit
Audi has hired former high-ranking Volvo executive Thomas Mueller to be its head of electrics/electr ...
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Volkswagen Group appoints China chief for VW brand
VW Group appointed veteran manager Stephan Woellenstein to the newly created position of CEO for the ...
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Ford promotes UK exec Periam to Europe finance chief
Ford executive Will Periam is the new chief financial officer of the automaker's European subsidiary ...
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Ex-Mini design chief Warming joins Chinese-backed Borgward
Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with Chinese backing, has recruited Mini's former des ...
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PSA names new Peugeot, China, Europe chiefs
PSA Group named new chiefs for its Peugeot brand and for its Europe and China regions. ...
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Daimler promotes Turkish unit boss Seeger to Mercedes sales and marketing chief
Daimler named Britta Seeger as global sales and marketing head of Mercedes cars. ...
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BMW names former F1 exec Duesmann as new purchasing chief
BMW has appointed Markus Duesmann, its former Formula One powertrain boss and current engine guru, t ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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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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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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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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