Chevrolet slumps in Europe

June 10, 2013 06:01 CET

Chevrolet -- General Motors' best-selling brand globally -- is falling further behind rivals in Europe as the region's buyers turn their backs on the marque's aging product lineup. Steep declines of Chevy's best-selling models in Europe pushed down the brand's sales in the region by 33 percent to 45,706 in a total market down 7 percent, according to industry body ACEA. Chevy's market share was 1.1 percent, down from 1.5 percent during the same period last year.... Read More »

Renault's Dacia will not get a minicar, Tavares says

May 31, 2013 06:01 CET

Renault's Dacia will not join Europe's minicar segment, the automaker's Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares said. The segment is gaining in importance as the economy slumps.... Read More »

Renault expects 5% dip for European car market

May 16, 2013 09:34 CET

Renault expects the European car market to shrink 5 percent this year over last year, Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares said. The French carmaker foresees the European market being "slightly better" in the remaining three quarters of this year than the first three months, when European market sales fell 10 percent after a "very poor performance," Tavares said.... Read More »

Morocco bids to build auto industry for the region

April 20, 2013 06:15 CET

Morocco is aiming to become a major auto-producing market in the North African region. At present, the heavily agricultural country is host to only two Renault Group plants and may need to develop a better qualified workforce before it can attract further automakers.... Read More »

Dacia says strikes may push production to Morocco

April 10, 2013 15:05 CET

Renault's Dacia unit may shift output to cheaper sites in Morocco if a pay conflict in Romania escalates. Workers at Dacia's assembly plant went on strike for two days demanding a 40 percent pay increase.... Read More »

French March car sales decline 16.4%

April 2, 2013 10:37 CET

French car registrations fell 16.4 percent in March and 14.7 percent overall in the first quarter, according to figures from CCFA, the country's main auto industry body. CCFA on Tuesday reiterated its full-year outlook, saying it expected 2013 registrations in France to fall by at least 5 percent, and forecast an improvement only in the second half.... Read More »


Dacia unions seek new wage deal after strike ends

March 25, 2013 15:21 CET

Dacia unions are negotiating a new work agreement at the Renault unit's plant in Pitesti, Romania, after employees resumed work on Friday following a spontaneous strike over pay.... Read More »


Renault's Dacia output halted by pay strike in Romania

March 20, 2013 16:45 CET

Renault's Romanian unit Dacia stopped production as employees went on strike in a dispute over pay, the company said.... Read More »


Learn how to thrive in tough times

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 11, 2013

The head of Renault's entry-level models, Arnaud Deboeuf, will share insights on how Dacia has thrived during Europe's debt crisis at the 16th Automotive News Europe Congress on June 12 in Paris.... Read More »


Dacia will debut new Logan wagon, refreshed Duster

Feb. 27, 2013 09:01 CET

Dacia will debut a new version of its Logan MCV station wagon, along with a face-lifted Duster SUV, at the Geneva auto show, according to reports.... Read More »

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 »


BLOG: 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 »

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