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Automakers in Russia left with nowhere to turn as economic woes deepen

Aug. 18, 2015 11:08 CET

Automakers building cars in Russia such as VW and Ford have been hit as the ruble's steep decline increases the cost of foreign parts they import. Companies are being forced to increase car prices despite the country's economic crisis that leaves consumers with little money for big purchases....
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Mercedes' China surge pushes it past BMW, Audi in July

Aug. 14, 2015 11:55 CET

Mercedes sold more luxury cars worldwide than the Audi and BMW brands in July as its rising deliveries in China defied a market slowdown there. Mercedes' surge left it just 272 units behind Audi after seven months for second place in the global premium-car sales race....
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Valeo raises profit forecast, shrugs off China slowdown

July 27, 2015 10:54 CET

Valeo raised its profit outlook today, playing down the impact of a Chinese market slowdown after a record first-half order intake boosted by demand for driving-assistance and fuel-saving technologies....
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Toyota delays decision to produce Lexus lineup in China

1:24 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Toyota likely will delay building Lexus models in China for at least a few years as growth in the country's auto market slows to a crawl and a weak yen makes it cheaper to ship cars from Japan....
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A pledge to boost Nissan's Japan production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Nissan can manufacture profitably in Japan at any exchange rate when the dollar buys more than 100 yen, but it struggles when the dollar is weaker than that...
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Ghosn pledges to boost Nissan's Japan production

7:20 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn credited the Japanese government for bringing the yen to export-friendly levels and pledged to boost domestic production in the next two years....
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Fiat Chrysler, PSA could be at risk from Greek euro turmoil

July 6, 2015 16:52 CET

Industry watchers say a Greek exit from the euro after the country's no vote to austerity terms could impact southern European markets, along with Fiat Chrysler and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, the automakers most exposed to those markets....
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GM to take $600 million Q2 charge

12:45 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

General Motors said it will incur a $600 million charge on its second-quarter net profits because of a change in the way it values Venezuelan currency....
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Hyundai, Kia will cut costs as sales, profits decline

June 9, 2015 11:41 CET

Hyundai and Kia will cut costs after first-quarter sales and profit fell at the carmakers. Sales have been hit by weak SUV demand in China and a strong currency, which has helped Japanese rivals gain a competitive edge in overseas markets....
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Schaeffler Q1 profit buoyed by vehicle demand, weak euro

May 21, 2015 11:41 CET

German supplier Schaeffler reported a 3.8 percent rise in quarterly operating profit because of robust demand from carmakers in the U.S. and China as well as the effects of a weaker euro....
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Russian car sales fall 42% to lowest April level for a decade

May 13, 2015 15:17 CET

Russian new-car sales fell 42 percent in April, the lowest level for the month in a decade, as the country's economy continued to be hit by Western sanctions, low oil prices and a weak currency....
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Suzuki 2014 profit fell on weak Asia demand

May 11, 2015 11:15 CET

Suzuki said its annual operating profit fell 4.4 percent, the first time it has fallen in six years, as weak demand in Japan and Southeast Asia offset hefty currency gains and robust earnings in India, its biggest market....
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Magna Q1 earnings rise 18%

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2015

Diversified Canadian supplier Magna International today reported sharply higher first-quarter earnings while revenues fell because of weaker currency values vs. the US dollar....
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Continental raises forecast after Q1 earnings rise 10%

May 7, 2015 10:41 CET

Continental raised its 2015 sales forecast after posting higher first-quarter earnings that were helped by positive foreign exchange effects and a low oil price. Quarterly earnings rose 10 percent to 1.05 billion euros ($1.19 billion), the supplier said....
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CHRISTIAAN HETZNER

BLOG: German automakers' bonus from weak euro may be hit by U.S. Fed shift

8:54 am U.S. ET | April 30, 2015

German carmakers and suppliers expect currency effects to add hundreds of millions to their bottom lines. But moves by the Federal Reserve to prop up the U.S. economy could strengthen the euro and hurt Daimler, VW and BMW....
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Continental Q1 profit rises 5% on Europe rebound

April 30, 2015 11:39 CET

Continental's first-quarter profit rose 5 percent to about 1 billion euros ($1.11 billion) as auto sales in Europe increased....
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Bosch says weak euro will help sales rise up to 5%

April 29, 2015 11:59 CET

Bosch forecasts that its 2015 sales will rise between 3 percent and 5 percent after a weaker euro bolstered its top line in the first three months....
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Russian new-car sales fall 43% as economy slides

April 8, 2015 15:00 CET

Russian new-car sales fell 43 percent last month as a weak currency, falling oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine push the economy into recession....
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Automakers stay in Russia despite risk of high losses

March 19, 2015 12:39 CET

Automakers such as Volkswagen, Renault and Ford continue to compete for market share in Russia, even as GM scales back in the country. Companies risk losing as much as $2,000 on each car sale, according to a Russian dealership association....
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SsangYong suspends exports to Russia on weak ruble

March 19, 2015 11:55 CET

SsangYong has suspended exports to Russia as the plunging ruble hits demand in the automaker's biggest export market. In the first two months, the automaker's sales fell 61 percent in Russia....
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Skoda CEO Vahland urges Czech euro adoption when Greek crisis ebbs

March 16, 2015 21:17 CET

The Czech Republic will benefit from adopting the euro and should join the monetary union after the Greek debt crisis calms down, Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland said. Skoda is the country's largest industrial company and the country's main exporter....
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Russian car sales fall 38% in February

March 10, 2015 15:30 CET

Russia's new-car sales fell 38 percent to 128,298 vehicle in February as consumers continued to avoid big purchases in an ailing economy plagued by a weakening ruble and Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine....
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Euro weakness, exports lift southern Europe car output

March 6, 2015 06:01 CET

While southern Europe is experiencing at best a patchy economic recovery, the outlook for the region's carmakers is a little less bumpy thanks to the weak euro, cheaper oil and labor reforms. Fiat, Ford and GM have boosted output in Spain and Italy....
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AvtoVAZ raises Lada prices again on weak ruble

March 4, 2015 15:21 CET

Russian automaker AvtoVAZ has raised the prices of its Lada cars for the second time this year because of the weaker ruble. The automaker said prices rose by 4.8 percent on average after an increase of around 9 percent in January this year....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Russia, weak euro form backdrop for Geneva show

12:28 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Automakers usually don’t overreact to international tensions and currency fluctuations. That’s why the comments coming from auto execs on the verge of the Geneva auto show are so striking....
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