Eastern Europe

Suzuki plant in Hungary will return to double shifts ahead of Vitara launch, report says

Nov. 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Suzuki will return to two-shift production at its plant in Hungary as it prepares to launch the new Vitara subcompact crossover, a report said.... Read More »

 

Ford to cut 20% of staff at B-Max plant in Romania

Nov. 19, 2014 15:35 CET
Ford will lay off 20 percent of the workforce at the Romanian plant that builds the B-Max as it adjusts to falling sales of the subcompact minivan.... Read More »

 

VW will stop selling Seat cars in Russia next year

Nov. 18, 2014 15:36 CET
Volkswagen's Spanish subsidiary, Seat, will stop selling cars in Russia by early next year because of the country's economic downturn and weakening ruble.... Read More »

 

China's Qoros will add compact SUV to growing lineup

Nov. 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Qoros will unveil a compact SUV at the Guangzhou auto show. The Qoros 3 City SUV will give the Chinese brand a model aimed at Europe's fourth-largest segment as it prepares for a regionwide rollout in 2016.... Read More »

 

Weak ruble, gov't subsidy slow Russia's sales decline

Nov. 12, 2014 15:14 CET
Russian car sales fell 10 percent last month, slowing from a 20 percent drop a month earlier, as the weak ruble and a government subsidy started to provide benefits.... Read More »

 

PICTURE GALLERY

Audi begins production of TT roadster in Hungary

Nov. 10, 2014 12:27 CET
Audi has begun production of its third-generation TT roadster at its plant in Gyor, Hungary. The roadster is the fourth model to be built at the plant after the A3 sedan and convertible and the TT coupe.... Read More »

 

Lada sales rise in Russia as scrappage program helps to counter Western sanctions

Nov. 6, 2014 10:57 CET
AvtoVAZ said Russian sales of its Lada brand increased in October, the first rise in 19 months, as a scrappage program to counter Western sanctions over Ukraine helps to boost demand.... Read More »

 

VW will halt Russia output as sanctions, weak ruble hit demand

Nov. 3, 2014 13:52 CET
VW will halt production in Russia again as Western sanctions and the weak Russian ruble keep hurting auto demand. VW is shutting its factory in Kaluga for five working days through Nov. 7.... Read More »

 

Russia may extend car-buying subsidy scheme into 2015

Oct. 25, 2014 06:01 CET
Russia may extend an incentive scheme for new-vehicle purchases beyond this year to help the car industry weather an economic downturn which has caused sales to plummet 13 percent so far this year.... Read More »

 

Russia may allow Serbia export quota for Fiat cars

Oct. 16, 2014 18:01 CET
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said an export quota may be agreed with Russia for Fiat 500L cars built in Serbia. Exports to Russia from Serbia have high customs duties.... Read More »

 

Suzuki cuts output at Hungary plant ahead of model changeover

Oct. 14, 2014 08:46 CET
Suzuki's plant in Hungary will continue to operate at reduced capacity as production of the Splash and SX4 runs out ahead of the launch of the new Vitara model, a report said.... Read More »

 

Russian market in free fall as Ukraine crisis curbs demand

Oct. 9, 2014 11:53 CET
Russia's auto market is in free fall with new-car sales plunging by 20 percent last month following a 26 percent drop in August as buyers worried about the country's sanctions-hit economy avoid large purchases.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

AvtoVAZ CEO sees 'massive' room for improvement at Lada

Oct. 7, 2014 06:30 CET
Bo Andersson, who became CEO of Russia's AvtoVAZ in January, has been working to turn the carmaker into a profitable part of the Renault-Nissan alliance. Andersson shared some of his early accomplishments with Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

 

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

AvtoVAZ rebound key to Ghosn's grand plan for Renault-Nissan

Oct. 6, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn's plan to make the alliance one of the top three global automakers by 2016 could be derailed if Russia's largest automaker, AvtoVAZ, fails to recover from the country's latest market collapse.... Read More »

 

Betting on Russia, despite turmoil

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
It sounds risky, but many auto executives say that the best response to Western sanctions against Russia is to continue investing there.... Read More »

 

Renault mulls engine plant in Morocco to serve growing car production

Oct. 3, 2014 06:01 CET
Renault is considering building engines in Morocco to serve growing production in the country and trim costs.... Read More »

 

Toyota keeps European sales target despite Russian market slump

Oct. 2, 2014 14:42 CET
Toyota expects its focus on high-end vehicles in Russia will help it ride out the worst effects of the market slump in the country. The automaker says it is sticking to its target of increasing European sales to a million vehicles next year.... Read More »

 

VW Group, Renault-Nissan dominate European car assembly footprint

Sept. 27, 2014 06:01 CET
VW Group and Renault-Nissan have expanded their reach. The two automakers now jointly account for more than 40 percent of all the vehicle assembly plants in Europe, according to Automotive News Europe data.... Read More »

 

Russia slump drags on for most Chinese brands

Sept. 26, 2014 06:01 CET
The sales slump continued for most Chinese automakers last month in Russia, which is their main export market. Lifan, Geely and Chery all suffered double-digit sales declines in August.... Read More »

 

Skoda to invest 450 million euros to expand Czech plant

Sept. 24, 2014 10:56 CET
Skoda will invest 450 million euros in its Czech plant in Kvasiny, a local news agency quoted a senior company executive as saying. The plant, which builds the Yeti compact crossover, also will build Seat's forthcoming SUV.... Read More »

 

Opel shakes up operations in Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014
Opel will reduce output at its St. Petersburg plant to one shift, because of the Ukraine crisis. It will operate the plant a total of 16 days in the three-month period from August through October.... Read More »

 

Opel shakes up Russia operations

Sept. 16, 2014 09:30 CET
Opel will reorganize its Russian operations in response to difficult market conditions amid the crisis over Ukraine. The GM subsidiary will reduce output at its St. Petersburg plant to one shift.... Read More »

 

EU asks WTO to rule on dispute with Russia over van exports

Sept. 15, 2014 16:15 CET
The EU wants the World Trade Organization to rule on its dispute with Russia after Moscow imposed tariffs on vans imported from Germany and Italy. The EU said Russia is illegally protecting its own producers.... Read More »

 

Fiat halts 500L production in Serbia on market slowdown

Sept. 8, 2014 20:32 CET
Fiat has temporarily halted production at its Serbian factory, which builds the 500L, due to the slowdown in European and global markets, the company said.... Read More »

 

Russia car sales fall 26% in August as Ukraine crisis hits confidence

Sept. 8, 2014 15:05 CET
New-car sales in Russia fell by 26 percent in August after a 23 percent decline the previous month as Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine hit consumer confidence.... Read More »

 

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