Renault, Dacia want to expand in fast-growing market for online car sales

Feb. 12, 2013 06:01 CET
The Renault and Dacia brands plan to aggressively expand their online car sales, taking advantage of a trend in vehicle retailing that is expected to grow rapidly this decade.... Read More »


Check out the ANE monthly e-magazine

Feb. 6, 2013 06:01 CET
The new issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. Inside this issue we look at why demand for electric cars is weaker than expected and why Dacia and Renault think more and more people will be buying their new cars with the click of a mouse.... Read More »


Fiat mulls low-cost brand, Marchionne says

Feb. 4, 2013 13:50 CET
Fiat is considering launching a low-cost sub-brand to rival Dacia, CEO Sergio Marchionne said. If approved, cars for the brand would be built outside of Europe to reduce manufacturing costs.... Read More »


VW mulls launching low-cost subbrand in China, executive says

Jan. 25, 2013 13:42 CET
Volkswagen may build its first low-cost car in China, development chief Ulrich Hackenberg said, as the automaker considers a move into no-frills vehicles to compete with Renault's Dacia and Nissan's Datsun... Read More »


How Renault's low-cost Dacia has become a 'cash cow'

Jan. 2, 2013 06:01 CET
Once considered a risky bet, Romanian automaker Dacia has become Renault's global profit machine. Europeans think of Renault's Dacia lineup as cheap, entry-level models that compete with used cars for sales. But Dacias are built and sold around the world, often badged as Renaults, for handsome prices.... Read More »



Getting to know Dacia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 2, 2013
Until last year, I had not driven a modern Dacia model nor felt any compelling reason to do so. However, the huge sales success of the Duster SUV encouraged me to try one of the models made by Renault's low-cost subsidiary.... Read More »


VW, Nissan, others look to tap growing demand for budget cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 1, 2013
VW's desire to launch a low-cost brand and Nissan's plan to sell Datsuns for as little as 2,300 euros underline the rising interest from automakers to tap demand for budget cars in fast-growing markets to offset falling sales in mature, stagnant markets such as Europe.... Read More »


VW, Nissan, others look to tap growing demand for budget cars

Dec. 31, 2012 06:01 CET
VW's desire to launch a low-cost brand and Nissan's plan to sell Datsuns for as little as 2,300 euros underline the rising interest from automakers to tap demand for budget cars in fast-growing markets to offset falling sales in mature, stagnant markets such as Europe.... Read More »


Renault taps Logan creator for $5,500 India car

Dec. 18, 2012 06:01 CET
Renault has given Gerard Detourbet, the man behind the no-frills Logan, a mission to devise an even cheaper vehicle program for India that can compete with such champions of frugality as Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai.... Read More »



Dacia Sandero caters to Europe's thirst for low-cost hatchbacks

Dec. 14, 2012 06:01 CET
The Dacia Sandero hatchback is expected to quickly become the best-selling model for Renault's budget brand, overtaking the Duster small SUV.... Read More »



Carmakers, suppliers see great potential for growth in North Africa

Nov. 22, 2012 06:01 CET
Automakers and suppliers are finding big opportunities in North Africa, where new-car sales are forecast to rise more than 40 percent by 2016 and where low labor costs make producing vehicles and components cheaper than in western Europe and even parts of eastern Europe.... Read More »


Renault eyes Tata Nano rival, report says

Nov. 21, 2012 10:06 CET
Renault aims to grow its market share in emerging markets with the launch of two low-cost vehicles, one of which would challenge the Tata Nano in India, a French news Web site reported. The two models, priced at 3,000 euros and 5,000 euros ($3,800 and $6,400), will be less expensive than models from the automaker's budget Dacia brand.... Read More »



Renault sees high growth potential for its low-cost cars

Oct. 19, 2012 06:15 CET
Renault's entry-level range of vehicles is enjoying success as customers hit by the economic crisis turn to low-cost cars. The automaker aims to sell more than 1 million cars this year based on the low-cost M0 platform, including models such as the Logan sedan, Sandero hatchback, Duster SUV and Lodgy minivan. Arnaud Deboeuf, the head of Renault's entry-range program, talked about the plans with Automotive News Europe Correspondent Bertrand Gay.... Read More »


Germans, Koreans get boost from good times in eastern Europe

Oct. 17, 2012 06:01 CET
VW's success in Slovakia and Mercedes' strong start in Hungary illustrate a divide among the continent's carmakers. Those that cut costs last decade in western Europe or those that were never saddled with expensive factories there, such as Hyundai and Kia, are winning today. Between them, VW Group, Mercedes, Kia and Hyundai have raised their share of the European market to 35.5 percent in the eight months to end August 2012, from 30 percent in the same period of 2010.... Read More »



Renault's Dacia brand gets fresh styling to broaden appeal

Sept. 18, 2012 12:19 CET
Renault aims to widen the appeal of its low-cost Dacia brand with fresh versions of the Logan sedan and Sandero hatchback that debut at the upcoming Paris auto show.... Read More »


Renault close to announcement on high-end models, minister says

Aug. 27, 2012 09:21 CET
Renault is close to making an announcement relating to the launch of high-end models, French Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg said in an interview. This follows comments last month by Renault COO Carlos Tavares, who said the carmaker may launch an upscale brand, Initiale Paris, first as a subbrand and then as a stand-alone brand similar to alliance partner Nissan's Infiniti luxury marque.... Read More »


Renault plans for Africa auto boom to escape Europe slump

Aug. 9, 2012 10:04 CET
Renault is building the continent's biggest assembly plant in a bet that buyers there are poised to shift away from public transport and used cars.... Read More »


Russia's revival is expected to last

July 26, 2012 06:01 CET
Industry leaders believe the resurgence in Russian new-car sales may be long-lasting, putting the county on track to permanently become Europe's biggest car market. Sales in Russia this year are expected to be about 2.85 million, according to the Moscow-based Association of European Businesses (AEB) -- close to the country's pre-crash high of 2.9 million in 2008 and approaching Germany's 3.2 million sales last year.... Read More »


Renault's global sales fall 3.3% in first half, hit by Europe slump

July 11, 2012 14:06 CET
Renault said its global vehicle sales fell 3.3 percent in the first half, dragged down by a worsening slump in the European market.... Read More »


Renault mulls upscale brands, further expansion as Europe sales fade

June 19, 2012 06:01 CET
Renault is considering adding two upscale brands and further expanding in emerging markets to decrease the automaker's reliance on Europe's shrinking volume car market, the carmaker's Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares said.... Read More »


Renault-Nissan to take control of Russia's AvtoVAZ

May 3, 2012 09:46 CET
The Renault-Nissan alliance will form a joint venture with Russian Technologies to become the largest shareholder in AvtoVAZ, Russia's biggest automaker.... Read More »


Renault-Nissan launch new production line in Russia with AvtoVAZ

April 10, 2012 06:01 CET
Renault-Nissan and their Russia partner AvtoVAZ have opened a new production line at the Russian automaker's factory in Togliatti. The line has an annual capacity of 350,000 units and will build vehicles for the three brands, Renault said.... Read More »


Renault-Nissan must wait until the end of April for decision on AvtoVAZ deal

April 5, 2012 06:01 CET
A final decision regarding the sale of a controlling stake in Russia's largest carmaker AvtoVAZ to Renault-Nissan will be postponed until at least the end of this month, said the head of Russian Technologies, which holds a nearly 30 percent stake in the Russian automaker. Sergei Chemezov is due to meet with Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn in Paris at the end of April to discuss the deal.... Read More »


Renault-Nissan said to finalize AvtoVAZ deal in April

March 13, 2012 15:09 CET
The Renault-Nissan alliance will take a majority stake in Russian automaker AvtoVAZ in the coming weeks, French online newspaper LaTribune.fr reported, citing Renault's Russia general manager Bruno Ancelin.... Read More »


PSA, Renault say they can't build small cars profitably in France

Feb. 15, 2012 06:01 CET
France’s manufacturing costs are so high that a subcompact car costs 1,300 euros more per unit than the same vehicle built in Turkey, a senior Renault executive told a French parliamentary commission. Renault COO Carlos Tavares detailed the nation’s high manufacturing costs in a Feb. 7 hearing in front of the French Senate’s economic commission.... Read More »


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