Eastern Europe

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 »

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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 »

VW will sell U.S.-sourced Atlas SUV in Russia

Nov. 21, 2016 06:01 CET

VW will export the Atlas large SUV to Russia from the U.S. starting at the end of next year, a source close to the company told Automotive News Europe. The executive said the Altas will be offered in Russia with a 2.0-liter diesel engine. The source said it is unlikely that the SUV will be sold in Western Europe.... Read More »

Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market

Nov. 10, 2016 06:01 CET

The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government incentives to encourage vehicle purchases.... Read More »

 
Once upon a time, Opel was GM's little engine that could

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20 2017

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Europe has been a drain on General Motors for a long time, but Opel did have its glory days and at least once helped keep GM afloat. ...
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Will cockpits of tomorrow require one-stop suppliers?


12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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As automakers consider how to build self-driving vehicles, seat suppliers are reconsidering an old i ...
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How sour dealer relations wreaked havoc on Audi's China sales

Yang Jian
3:48 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17 2017

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Audi has lost its premium sales lead in China as the brand was finally overtaken last month by rival ...
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GM-PSA deal would be a blow to best Opel management team in years

Christiaan Hetzner
11:19 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14 2017

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GM's confirmation that it is discussing selling its Opel/Vauxhall business to PSA Group is a blow fo ...
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Renault starts to reflect its multifaceted boss

Luca Ciferri
9:27 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10 2017

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Renault is starting to look and act a lot like its multifaceted, multinational boss, Carlos Ghosn. ...
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The Volvo numbers that stood out

Douglas A. Bolduc
6:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8 2017

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Volvo's latest financial results were full of positive numbers but a couple really stood out. Volvo finished 2016 with $5. ...
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Daimler celebrations are muted as automaker conserves cash to fight off Uber, Google

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 2017

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Record annual sales, revenue and profits, and Mercedes-Benz grabbing the global sales luxury crown f ...
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German automakers worry about Trump's protectionist stance

Christiaan Hetzner
8:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Donald Trump has German automakers spooked after he threatened BMW with high tariffs if the company ...
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Toyota still has global bragging rights over VW in one important area

Hans Greimel
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Forget all the talk about Volkswagen ousting Toyota as the world's biggest automaker. Rest assured, Toyota is still No. 1 in sales and VW a far, far distant second. ...
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Citroen keeps faith in family vans

Bruce Gain
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 2017

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Citroen CEO Linda Jackson says family vans will continue to play a part in Citroen's lineup despite ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Jaguar, Honda, Jeep win by tapping crossover craze
Jaguar, Honda and Jeep were the biggest winners last year among brands sold in Europe, where overall ...
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German sales rise 11% with strong gains for Toyota, Skoda, Renault and Fiat
Registrations in Germany increased by 11 percent in January, with brands including Toyota, Skoda, Re ...
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Italy's January sales best since 2010
New-car sales in Italy increased by 10 percent in January for the best monthly result since 2010, wi ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Audi, Mercedes push key segment toward milestone
Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are largely responsible for the growing success of the compact premium s ...
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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 ...
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Skoda, Renault, Toyota benefit from higher sales of midsize cars in Europe
Europe's midsize segment is on track for a second year of rising sales as new models from Skoda, Ren ...
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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. ...
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Bernhard quits Daimler; Zetsche interim trucks boss
Daimler has confirmed that trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard, a top manager once seen as a successor to ...
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BMW picks Skoda exec to lead design at core brand
BMW has picked Skoda executive Jozef Kaban to lead design at its namesake brand, a move that fills t ...
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BMW names new CEO for North America
BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America. Ludwig Willisch, who previously held ...
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Tesla sues former head of Autopilot, former Google exec Urmson
Tesla is suing its former head of Autopilot software for stealing company information and recruiting Tesla employees for a competing startup while still employed by the... ...
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Jaguar Land Rover appoints Wittemann as China sales chief
Jaguar Land Rover has assigned Frank Wittemann, chief of its operations in Latin America, to lead it ...
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Ford plucks new brand chief from Apple
Ford has hired former Apple marketing executive Musa Tariq to be vice president and chief brand offi ...
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Volvo appoints Yuan Xiaolin as new Asia chief
Volvo named Yuan Xiaolin to succeed Lars Danielson as senior vice president of the company's Asia-Pa ...
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Uber hires Google veteran Singhal to aid self-driving engineering
Ride-hailing company Uber said it hired the man behind Google search to work closely with CEO Travis ...
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Former Nissan, Hyundai exec Rushforth joins Lookers
Former Nissan global sales chief and Hyundai Europe chief operating officer Allan Rushforth has join ...
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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 ...
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Toyota gets quirky with C-HR to 'turn heads'
Toyota is a latecomer to Europe's crossover segment with the new C-HR. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Citroen aims C3 at Facebook generation
Citroen is aiming its new C3 firmly at younger, tech-savvy buyers who will appreciate features such ...
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Porsche enhances Panamera's 911-like looks
Porsche is hoping its second-generation Panamera will lure more European customers with the sedan's ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Megane
Assembly of the fourth-generation Renault Megane began in November 2015 at the French automaker's fa ...
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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' ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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