Economy

Audi will give aid to China dealers, report says

July 20, 2015 11:19 CET

Audi will provide 1.2 billion yuan ($193 million) in financial aid to its dealers in China, according to sources, as demand for luxury vehicles slows in its largest market. Audi's China sales slipped 5.8 percent last month....
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PSA plans to expand Iran venture after nuclear deal

July 15, 2015 10:53 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is in advanced talks over an Iranian carmaking venture with its local partner, Iran Khodro. The new venture would build cars from scratch using the automaker's latest vehicle architectures and engines....
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Ford expects Russian market to stabilize

July 14, 2015 11:35 CET

Russia's auto market could stabilize in the second half, said the head of Ford's Russian venture, Ted Cannis, halting a slide in sales fueled by the country's economic downturn....
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German premium brands hit by China stock market turmoil, slowing economy

July 13, 2015 15:15 CET

Prices for German luxury cars in China are tumbling as the country's stock market sell-off and worries about broader economic growth chill demand for auto brands that once commanded price premiums from affluent Chinese consumers....
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Brilliance China issues profit warning as slowing economy hits BMW sales

July 13, 2015 15:47 CET

Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, which makes BMW cars in China, issued a profit warning, citing slowing sales in the world's biggest car market....
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Russian car sales could fall 36% in 2015, AEB says

July 8, 2015 15:56 CET

New-car sales in Russia are expected to fall 36 percent in 2015, the Association of European Businesses lobby group said, revising downward its previous forecast that the country's full-year volume would decline 25 percent. The more pessimistic outlook follows Russia's 30 percent sales decrease in June....
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Greek sales slide amid broader European rebound

July 7, 2015 10:35 CET

New-car sales in Greece fell 22 percent last month, the sharpest drop of any western European car market, amid political uncertainty. Registrations across the region rose 14 percent to 1.31 million as the UK, Germany, France and Spain delivered double-digit percentage gains....
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Greek exit from euro could bring stability, German auto lobby group says

July 1, 2015 09:54 CET

Germany's auto industry lobby group, the VDA, believes a Greek exit from the eurozone may be necessary despite the setback this may bring for Europe's fragile recovery in new-car sales. Automakers are monitoring the potential effects on capital markets and exchange rates if Greece leaves the European single currency – dubbed Grexit....
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VW, FCA, GM at risk as Brazil slump worsens

June 14, 2015 06:15 CET

VW, Fiat Chrysler, GM and Ford are all likely to be hit hard by a downturn in Brazil's auto industry this year that's expected to be the worst since 1998, according to the national automakers association Anfavea....
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Czech car industry revenue rises 15% to new record in 2014

June 12, 2015 21:05 CET

The Czech car sector's revenue rose 15 percent to a record 991 billion crowns ($41 billion) in 2014, the country's Automotive Industry Association (AutoSAP) said, helped by a big increase in overall local production by automakers such as Skoda, Hyundai, Toyota and PSA....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Auto execs warn UK exit from EU would be 'bad for both'

June 12, 2015 09:33 CET

Multiple automotive bosses -- including the heads of four iconic British brands -- urged the UK to remain in the European Union in the interest of both sides during the Automotive News Europe Congress....
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Bentley expands in hard-hit Russia with third dealership

June 2, 2015 16:30 CET

Bentley has added its third dealership in Moscow as the carmaker anticipates that wealthier Russians will shrug off an impending recession and buy its upcoming Bentayga SUV....
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BMW partner will build X4 in Russia from U.S. kits

May 31, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW will add production of the X4 SUV in Russia with local partner Avtotor using kits shipped from the automaker's U.S. plant. BMW and rival Mercedes-Benz are keen on Russian production despite the market's downturn to avoid import tariffs....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Europe's biggest segment is poised for a rebound

May 15, 2015 06:15 CET

European sales of subcompact cars including the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta are forecast to rise to 23 percent of the overall auto market in 2015. The increasing popularity of small crossovers, however, means the segment will never again reach the record share seen in 2009, analysts predict....
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Spain renews scrappage program for the last time

May 13, 2015 13:00 CET

New-car sales in Spain will continue to be boosted by subsidies after the government said it will renew a scrappage program for the last time.The program has helped to fuel car sales for the last 20 months after the country fell into a severe recession....
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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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Russia may ease ruble risk for foreign automakers

May 5, 2015 08:44 CET

Russia's government is planning to introduce measures to reduce the risk of ruble volatility for foreign automakers that have localized production in the country, a report said. After several years of growth in excess of 10 percent, car sales in Russia have plunged on a weaker ruble, dampened by Western sanctions over Ukraine and a slide in oil prices....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How European automakers aim to keep winning in China despite market's slowdown

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Foreign carmakers face a tough battle in China as double-digit volume gains and fat profit margins recede and Chinese automakers make inroads into profitable segments. To combat the challenges, Volkswagen and others are focusing on low-emission models, budget vehicles and local production....
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EDITORIAL

Post-recession ripples

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

In December, General Motors delayed auctioning some retired rental-fleet vehicles because of depressed prices....
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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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'RATIONAL EXUBERANCE'

Industry revels in good times but manages to avoid overdoing it

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

There are many signs suggesting the U.S. auto industry is on a positive, sustainable track, but perhaps the most reassuring sign is the kind of caution that dealers and manufacturers are showing amid the boom....
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Bitter rivals at home, GM and Ford taking different roads abroad

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

General Motors and Ford, Detroit's two venerable rivals, usually compete toe-to-toe in everything they do. But in Russia, they are headed in radically different directions....
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Dealership employees, payrolls top prerecession levels

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

U.S. dealerships added to their employee count for the fifth year in a row last year, causing the average store's payroll to rise sharply above its pre-recession levels. The average wage of $55,000 per employee ranks as one of the highest of any retail trade....
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Europe recovery continues in March

April 16, 2015 09:15 CET

European car sales increased 11 percent in March, the strongest growth in a year, as the region's improving economy fueled demand for vehicles made by automakers such as VW Group, Renault and Fiat Chrysler. Last month 1.65 million vehicles were sold in the region....
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EDITORIAL

All in all, rescue of automakers was a success

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Certainly, the governmental bodies and their respective taxpayers lost some money on the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler. But it was far less than what the cost to them and the North American economy would have been if the automakers had been allowed to fail in 2009....
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