Eastern Europe

Chassix plans $50 million expansion in Czech Republic

8:20 am U.S. ET | March 17, 2017

U.S. auto supplier Chassix said it plans to invest $50 million to expand its operations to the Czech Republic in 2018.... Read More »

Fiat may move Panda production to Poland to free capacity for Alfa Romeo in Italy, report says

March 6, 2017 14:01 CET

Fiat Chrysler is considering shifting manufacturing of its Panda to low-wage Poland to free capacity to build more Alfa Romeos in Italy, Bloomberg reported.... Read More »

Daimler's Russia plant will help strengthen Mercedes as luxury leader

Feb. 21, 2017 16:17 CET

Daimler aims to strengthen its position as Russia's top-selling luxury brand by opening a factory to build Mercedes SUVs and the E-class sedan. Daimler's investment follows signs of a recovery in the Russian car market, with Ford the first major foreign automaker to see sales in Russia grow following three lean years.... Read More »

Ford's big Russia gamble pays off as sales finally rise

Feb. 20, 2017 10:06 CET

Ford has become the first major foreign automaker in Russia to see sales grow after three bad years, potentially vindicating its decision to double down on a notoriously volatile market after rival GM decided to quit.... Read More »

Audi reaches two-year wage deal with Hungary workers

Feb. 13, 2017 10:41 CET

Audi's Hungarian unit has reached an agreement with workers on wage rises for the next two years. Audi builds A3 and TT cars in Hungary.... Read More »

Hyundai takes down Lada in Russia upset

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2017

Last year, the unthinkable happened in Russia: For the first time ever, a non-Russian brand topped the model charts. The humble Hyundai Solaris subcompact sedan was No. 1, knocking the Lada Granta sedan to No. 2.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ will make money next year, Ghosn says

Feb. 10, 2017 15:51 CET

Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said he expected its Russian unit, AvtoVAZ, to be profitable next year, even if the Lada maker's home market remains volatile. Ghosn is bullish about AvtoVAZ because of new models, optimized production and reduction of inventories.... Read More »

Peugeot delays 5008 to protect hot-selling 3008

Feb. 9, 2017 15:11 CET

Peugeot has delayed the launch of its 5008 large SUV by two months to protect output of its strong-selling 3008 compact crossover. Both models were affected by a fire at supplier Recticel's plant in the Czech Republic. The 5008 will now arrive in late spring to early summer.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: VW mulls steps against Piech

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2017

VW mulls steps against Piech; Expanded Renault-Nissan alliance closes in on GM; Food, hope in storm-hit New Orleans; Lincoln's blues groove; BMW taps Skoda exec; Putin hosts VW CEO.... Read More »

Russia sales fall 5% despite expected market rebound

Feb. 8, 2017 14:55 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 5 percent last month, despite predictions from the country's industry association and other market watchers that registrations would begin to rebound. The market is expected to recover after a four-year decline and grow by up to 5 percent this year, they say.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely

Feb. 6, 2017 13:45 CET

After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimistic that 2017 will bring signs of recovery for a market with the potential to become Europe's biggest for new-car sales.... Read More »

PSA halts 3008 production after supplier plant fire

Jan. 31, 2017 14:58 CET

A fire at Recticel International's factory in Most, Czech Republic, has forced PSA to halt the production of the Peugeot 3008 at its plant in Sochaux, France.... Read More »

Audi workers strike at Hungary engine plant

Jan. 26, 2017 10:05 CET

Workers at Audi's engine plant in Hungary stopped work in a protest over pay. The warning strike affected workers at the engine plant, but not those at the car assembly factory where A3 and TT cars are built.... Read More »

Fire at Recticel's Czech plant may hurt suppliers globally

Jan. 24, 2017 15:32 CET

A serious fire at Recticel's factory in Most, Czech Republic, has forced the company to halt production of a urethane auto interior skin product used by global auto suppliers.... Read More »

Audi workers threaten strike at A3, TT plant in Hungary

Jan. 24, 2017 09:47 CET

Audi workers at a plant in Hungary that builds the A3 and TT have set up a strike committee to push for higher salaries. It is the latest sign of how labor shortages in the country are driving up wage expectations.... Read More »

Daimler will begin building Russia plant in 2018, report says

Jan. 20, 2017 12:23 CET

Daimler will begin building a Mercedes car plant in Russia next year, the country's trade and industry minister told a business publication. The automaker confirmed last year that it was in talks with authorities to build cars in the country.... Read More »

Russia sales slump may end this year after 11% fall in 2016

Jan. 13, 2017 06:01 CET

New-car sales in Russia fell 11 percent to 1.42 million last year but automakers predict the country's four-year slump will end in 2017.... Read More »

Renault expects 30% production boost for Clio in Slovenia

Jan. 12, 2017 11:17 CET

Renault's Slovenian unit will create 340 new jobs by the end of this month as it expects production of a face-lifted Clio model, which begins in March at the plant, to help boost annual output by 30 percent.... Read More »

BRADFORD WERNLE

BLOG: A farewell and a look back at my years at Automotive News

4:05 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 27, 2016

Thirty-two years ago today, I walked in the door at Crain Communications as a newly hired reporter for a startup publication called Crain's Detroit Business. Today, my 32nd anniversary, is also my last day working for the company that has given me so many opportunities. I am retiring to move on to new adventures.... Read More »

Mercedes will raise wages by over 20% at Hungary plant in next 2 years

Dec. 12, 2016 14:51 CET

Mercedes has reached a deal with unions at its Hungarian plant that will see base salaries increase by 10 percent in each of the next two years. The deal follows a strike by workers at the factory last month.... Read More »

Russia sales rise nearly 1%; first increase in 2 years

Dec. 8, 2016 11:53 CET

New-car sales in Russia rose nearly 1 percent in November, the first monthly rise in the market since December 2014, helped by government incentives. Adjusted for selling days, volume fell 4 percent.... Read More »

Jaguar Land Rover to build Discovery in Slovakia

Nov. 29, 2016 16:05 CET

Jaguar Land Rover will build its next-generation Land Rover Discovery in Slovakia, the first model chosen for a $1.25 billion plant that is due to open in 2018.... Read More »

VW to export U.S.-built Atlas to Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 28, 2016

Volkswagen will export the seven-seat Atlas crossover to Russia from the United States starting at the end of next year, a source close to the company told Automotive News Europe.... Read More »

Mercedes' Hungarian plant hit by brief wage strike

Nov. 24, 2016 14:09 CET

Mercedes' plant in Kecskemet, Hungary, was hit by a two-hour strike on Wednesday involving 80 workers demanding higher wages and threatening a further walk-out if a deal is not agreed.... Read More »

VW challenges Ford, Fiat, Mercedes with new Crafter

Nov. 24, 2016 06:15 CET

VW aims to grab a greater share of the lucrative segment for large cargo vans dominated by Ford, Fiat and Mercedes after investing a record 800 million euros in a new Polish plant to make its Crafter.... Read More »

 
Shanghai show to measure progress of China's would-be Teslas

Yang Jian
4:19 am U.S. ET | March 24 2017

image
At least six startups funded by Chinese backers have hatched plans to develop high-performance EVs a ...
 Read More ›

Why VW patriarch Piech's parting will be bitter

Christiaan Hetzner
8:16 am U.S. ET | March 22 2017

image
Ferdinand Piech's plan to burn all bridges to his life's work and sell his indirect stake in VW Grou ...
 Read More ›

Why city mayors may dictate which cars will rule the roads

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 18 2017

image
PSA Group CEO Carlos Tavares is scared that the mayors of the world's biggest cities -- especially t ...
 Read More ›

How Aston Martin could help make your life better

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

image
Aston Martin is playing a key role in reducing CO2 and giving back a huge amount of lost time to car ...
 Read More ›

Audi CEO's polished exterior shows cracks amid diesel scandal

Christiaan Hetzner
5:53 am U.S. ET | March 17 2017

image
There are few German top managers as practiced as Audi CEO Rupert Stadler. ...
 Read More ›

As VW exits crisis, the press spins next chapter like pirate radio

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

image
When the financial and automotive press gathered Tuesday in Wolfsburg, home to a leading automaker, ...
 Read More ›

Mitsubishi gets a lot more European

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 15 2017

image
Mitsubishi is becoming a lot more European as Chairman Carlos Ghosn fills key posts with trusted French and British executives. ...
 Read More ›

Perseverance leads to perfect iPad pockets in new XC60


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

image
Volvo's new XC60 has an iPad-friendly storage space that took a decade to make a reality. ...
 Read More ›

For Italy's Giugiaros, a return to the Geneva spotlight


12:01 am U.S. ET | March 8 2017

image
It would not be a Geneva auto show without Giorget‎to and Fabrizio Giugiaro up on a small stan ...
 Read More ›

Velar may signal new strategy at Land Rover

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7 2017

image
The Range Rover Velar runs dangerously close to the Range Rover Sport in Land Rover's luxury lineup. ...
 Read More ›

Newsletters & Alerts
  • Sample
  • Sample
  • Sample
  • Sample
image
European sales rise 2% amid political uncertainty
New-car registrations rose 2 percent in Europe last month even though major brands such as VW, Opel ...
 Read More ›
image
W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
 Read More ›
image
Diesels lose appeal in weaker German car market
New-car sales in Germany fell nearly 3 percent last month, with diesel models worst hit as authoriti ...
 Read More ›
image
Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
GM's Opel brand and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions o ...
 Read More ›
image
Opel, PSA lag rivals as Europe sales rise 10% in January
Opel and PSA posted weaker European sales in January than their rivals amid discussions of a possibl ...
 Read More ›
image
Irish new-car sales fall in January as Brexit bites
New-car sales in Ireland fell nearly 2 percent in January as the British pound's sharp decline after ...
 Read More ›
image
EU car sales growth expected to slow to 1%, ACEA says
Car sales in the EU are expected to grow by about 1 percent in 2017, a sharp slowdown from last year ...
 Read More ›
image
Russia slump forecast to end; rapid recovery unlikely
After a four-year drop, Russia's car market looks to have bottomed out, leaving manufacturers optimi ...
 Read More ›
image
Western European car sales rise 10% in January
Western European car sales rose 9.5 percent in January on buoyant demand in Germany, France, Italy a ...
 Read More ›
image
UK sales rise 3% in Jan. on consumer demand
UK new-car registrations rose 3 percent in January, helped by the first increase in demand from priv ...
 Read More ›
image
New mild hybrid tech will shake up green car sales
Mild hybrid cars with cheaper and less complex technology than plug-in and full hybrids will reduce ...
 Read More ›
image
SUV sales rise to 25% of European market
SUVs and crossovers accounted for a quarter of all European passenger vehicle sales last year as mod ...
 Read More ›
image
VW Golf, other volume compacts lose share to premium rivals, SUVs
The VW Golf and Ford Focus compacts are being squeezed as premium competitors such as the Mercedes A ...
 Read More ›
image
Europe's large premium SUV segment heads for record year
Europe's large premium SUV segment is on track for a record year, helped by rising sales of models s ...
 Read More ›
image
Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
 Read More ›
image
Audi, BMW, Jaguar give midsize premium segment a lift
Europe's midsize premium segment grew at a near double-digit pace in the first half on new models fr ...
 Read More ›
image
Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
 Read More ›
image
Nissan appoints EV expert as new tech boss for Europe
Nissan has appointed company veteran Nobusuke Toukura as the head of its European technical center. ...
 Read More ›
image
Nissan Europe promotes French exec to sales and marketing chief
Nissan Europe named Philippe Saillard as its new head of sales and marketing, a promotion from his c ...
 Read More ›
image
Infiniti names former BMW exec Habib as design chief
Infiniti, Nissan's premium brand, named Karim Habib, former global design chief for BMW, as the bran ...
 Read More ›
image
Nissan's Nakamura retires as design team is shuffled
Shiro Nakamura, who penned some of Nissan's most daring and memorable cars, will retire after 17 yea ...
 Read More ›
image
GM, Honda name top management for fuel cell venture
GM and Honda named the top managers that will oversee their newly formed Fuel Cell System Manufactur ...
 Read More ›
image
Toyota names new Europe sales boss
Toyota has shuffled its executive team in Europe, naming Hiroaki Nanahara, a veteran of the company' ...
 Read More ›
image
Toyota trims exec positions, aims for quicker decision making
Toyota has reduced its number of top positions to speed up decision making, as the automaker works t ...
 Read More ›
image
Daimler picks U.S. trucks chief Daum to replace Bernhard
Daimler has appointed the head of its North American trucks division to run group-wide truck operati ...
 Read More ›
image
Federal-Mogul shakes up leadership under Icahn takeover
Federal-Mogul Holdings named Bradley Norton as the new co-CEO and CEO of the supplier's motor parts division. ...
 Read More ›
image
Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
 Read More ›
image
Nissan plots Micra's return to Europe's top 10
Nissan wants to re-establish the Micra subcompact as one of the 10 top-sellers in Europe's biggest a ...
 Read More ›
image
Hyundai gives i30 a tech boost
The Hyundai i30's success has been important in boosting the brand's European growth in the past 10 ...
 Read More ›
image
Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
 Read More ›
image
Better-connected 5 series gets tech from BMW flagship
BMW has made its 5 series lighter, more economical and fully connected with advanced technology firs ...
 Read More ›
image
Smart improves ForTwo, ForFour EV variants with Renault tech
Smart has improved its EV technology for the battery-powered versions of its ForTwo and ForFour with ...
 Read More ›
image
Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
 Read More ›
image
Audi makes Q5 a tougher rival for Mercedes GLC, Porsche Macan
Audi has developed the second-generation Q5 to have the driving dynamics of the Porsche Macan and a ...
 Read More ›
image
Peugeot moves upscale with new 3008 SUV
The new Peugeot 3008 has been turned into an SUV from a minivan and has been given significant upgra ...
 Read More ›
image
Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new Infiniti Q30
Assembly of the all-new Infiniti Q30 began on Daimler's MFA platform in December 2015 at the Nissan' ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new Mercedes C-class Coupe
Assembly of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe began in Bremen, Germany, in October 2 ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Astra
Assembly of the latest Opel/Vauxhall Astra began in Gliwice, Poland, in August 2015 and then in Elle ...
 Read More ›
image
Suppliers to the new Jaguar F-Pace
Assembly of Jaguar's all-new F-Pace began at parent Jaguar Land Rover's facility at Solihull, Englan ...
 Read More ›