Eastern Europe

Jaguar Land Rover to build Discovery in Slovakia

Nov. 29, 2016 16:05 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will build its next-generation Land Rover Discovery in Slovakia, the first model chosen for a $1.25 billion plant that is due to open in 2018.... Read More »

VW to export U.S.-built Atlas to Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Volkswagen will export the seven-seat Atlas crossover to Russia from the United States starting at the end of next year, a source close to the company told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Mercedes' Hungarian plant hit by brief wage strike

Nov. 24, 2016 14:09 CET

Mercedes' plant in Kecskemet, Hungary, was hit by a two-hour strike on Wednesday involving 80 workers demanding higher wages and threatening a further walk-out if a deal is not agreed.... Read More »

VW challenges Ford, Fiat, Mercedes with new Crafter

Nov. 24, 2016 06:15 CET

VW aims to grab a greater share of the lucrative segment for large cargo vans dominated by Ford, Fiat and Mercedes after investing a record 800 million euros in a new Polish plant to make its Crafter.... Read More »

VW will sell U.S.-sourced Atlas SUV in Russia

Nov. 21, 2016 06:01 CET

VW will export the Atlas large SUV to Russia from the U.S. starting at the end of next year, a source close to the company told Automotive News Europe. The executive said the Altas will be offered in Russia with a 2.0-liter diesel engine. The source said it is unlikely that the SUV will be sold in Western Europe.... Read More »

Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market

Nov. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government incentives to encourage vehicle purchases.... Read More »

Hyundai group execs to take 10 percent pay cut

6:24 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2016

Hyundai Motor Group said about 1,000 of its executives will take a 10 percent pay cut, the first such move in seven years at South Korea's second-largest conglomerate that shows the harsh impact of market share woes and labor strife at its flagship firm.... Read More »

Audi, Mercedes face labor shortage in Hungary

Oct. 19, 2016 14:40 CET

Audi and Mercedes executives say a shortage of labor in Hungary is presenting problems for the automakers, which have both invested heavily to build cars in the country. Efforts should be made to improve worker mobility and local infrastructure to help solve the issue, they said.... Read More »

German car industry warns UK that 'hard Brexit' could trigger shift east

Oct. 17, 2016 10:49 CET

Parts of the UK's car industry could move to central and eastern Europe if the country loses access to the single market after quitting the EU, Germany's VDA auto industry association said.... Read More »

Poland attracts U.S. investment in car industry, Deputy PM says

Oct. 13, 2016 11:24 CET

Poland has attracted a major investment in its auto industry from the U.S, Deputy Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at a news conference on Daimler's plans to open an engine plant in the country. Poland is in talks with Toyota on a potential new project, Morawiecki also said.... Read More »

VW, Renault, Toyota boost sales in Russia as market falls 11%

Oct. 11, 2016 06:01 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent in September, although Lada, Renault, Volkswagen and Toyota bucked the downward trend by boosting their sales.... Read More »

Renault set to increase AvtoVAZ stake to 70% in bailout of Lada maker

Oct. 10, 2016 16:51 CET

Renault is set to increase its stake in Lada maker AvtoVAZ to more than 70 percent by funding most or all of a 1.2 billion euro recapitalization for the Russian automaker. Other major AvtoVAZ investors, Nissan and defense conglomerate Rostec, are not expected to take part in a rights issue.... Read More »

LG Chem taps electric-car boom with battery plant in Poland

Oct. 6, 2016 11:51 CET

South Korea's LG Chem is seeking to tap Europe's booming electric-car market by setting up a battery plant in Poland to supply automakers.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ's new CEO takes softer line on job cuts

Sept. 23, 2016 15:14 CET

AvtoVAZ has a civic responsibility to preserve Russian jobs, the company's new CEO, Nicolas Maure, told Reuters, rowing back on a politically sensitive policy of redundancies in the face of plummeting sales and record losses.... Read More »

Renault will shift some Dacia output to Morocco from Romania

Sept. 21, 2016 19:35 CET

Renault said it will move some production of its Dacia Logan MCV station wagon from Pitesti, Romania, to its plant in Tangiers, Morocco, starting in the first quarter of next year.... Read More »

Poland aims to have 1M EVs on its roads by 2025

Sept. 20, 2016 19:32 CET

Poland aims to have 1 million electric cars on its roads by 2025 as it seeks to cut carbon emissions from transport and will offer tax and other incentives, the energy ministry said. The country is one of the biggest polluters in Europe because of its reliance on coal-fueled power stations.... Read More »

Brexit hit feared by Slovak gov't before auto-output boost in 2019

Sept. 20, 2016 11:07 CET

The UK's decision to leave the EU may curb some demand for Slovak exports and constrain the market's economic growth, but this will be offset by a boost in auto production due in 2019, the Slovak government said.... Read More »

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Toyota exec expects bold-looking C-HR to lift brand's hybrid sales in Europe

Sept. 11, 2016 06:01 CET

Toyota Europe CEO Johan van Zyl wants the C-HR "to show a different face" for a brand not known for its risk-taking designs. The compact SUV is key to the company's goal of boosting hybrid sales to half of its total European volume by 2020, van Zyl said.... Read More »

Audi, Mercedes make big changes to European car assembly footprint

Sept. 8, 2016 06:01 CET

Audi and Mercedes have been busy adapting their European production footprints, Automotive News Europe's new Guide to European Assembly Plants shows. The changes are to make room for new models as both push to be the world's top-selling premium automaker by 2020.... Read More »

Russia car sales fall 18% in August

Sept. 8, 2016 14:19 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 18 percent in August as buyers continued to shun major purchases as the economy stumbles but registrations have stopped undercutting the former historical low levels, industry organization AEB said.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ plans 85-billion-ruble recapitalization

Sept. 5, 2016 12:09 CET

AvtoVAZ plans a $1.31 billion recapitalization as part of efforts to meet weighing financial commitments. Russia's biggest automaker has been hit by plunging demand at home that drove it to a record loss last year.... Read More »

Samsung SDI will build EV battery plant in Hungary

Aug. 30, 2016 11:13 CET

Samsung SDI plans a factory in Hungary to make electric-vehicle batteries, joining the race to tap European demand. The company produces batteries for the BMW i3.... Read More »

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 »

 
Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs


7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27 2016

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Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the impo ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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W. Europe car sales fall 1% in October on weaker Germany, France
Western European car sales fell 1 percent in October as gains in the UK, Italy and Spain failed to o ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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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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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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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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