Eastern Europe

Ford will add second model at Romania plant

May 23, 2018 10:47 CET

Ford won't say which second model it will add at its plant in Craiova, Romania, but it's speculated that it could be an electric SUV.... Read More »

Russia, Japan, Turkey warn of tariff retaliation against U.S.

8:25 am U.S. ET | May 22, 2018

Japan, Russia and Turkey have warned the United States about potential retaliation for its tariffs on steel and aluminum, the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday, bringing the total U.S. tariff bill to around $3.5 billion annually.... Read More »

PSA has new heads for Russia, purchasing; sends sales expert to Opel

May 17, 2018 15:01 CET

PSA has appointed executives to accelerate growth in Russia, boost sales at Opel, and improve purchasing efficiencies and synergies within the company.... Read More »

Moscow mulls support for Deripaska's GAZ

May 14, 2018 20:16 CET

Russia is considering providing support to some of tycoon Oleg Deripaska's businesses, including GAZ Group, which is Russia's biggest van maker as well as a contract manufacturer that builds models for the Mercedes, VW and Skoda brands in Nizhny Novgorod.... Read More »

Putin dumps his Mercedes for limo made in Russia

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin ditched his stretched Mercedes when traveling to his inauguration last week.... Read More »

Putin sends patriotic message by ditching Mercedes for Russian-made limousine

May 8, 2018 11:10 CET

President Vladimir Putin traveled to his inauguration for a new six-year term in a Russian-made limousine, ditching his old stretch Mercedes to send a patriotic message of self-sufficiency amid increased tensions with the West.... Read More »

APRIL SALES

Russian sales rise 18% as buyers try to beat price hikes

May 8, 2018 15:20 CET

New-car sales in Russia rose 18 percent in April, as consumers hastened purchases anticipating that ruble weakness will push up prices.... Read More »

BMW may get state aid for Czech test center

April 30, 2018 15:55 CET

BMW may get state aid worth 18.7 million euros to build a test center for self-driving and electric vehicles in the Czech Republic.... Read More »

New VW CEO inherits Russian alliance clouded by Trump sanctions

10:52 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2018

Volkswagen's ties to GAZ Group, the vehicle maker owned by billionaire Oleg Deripaska, could expose the world's biggest auto manufacturer to the United States crackdown on Russian oligarchs... Read More »

MARCH SALES

Russia sales forecast to increase 10% in 2018

April 6, 2018 14:34 CET

Russia's sales are forecast to grow 10 percent this year as the market recovers faster than expected. Sales in March increased by 14 percent.... Read More »

Skoda unions raise stakes in wage demands

April 4, 2018 10:52 CET

Unions at Skoda have withdrawn from a deal on flexible working shifts, as they seek a double-digit pay raise and threaten strikes.... Read More »

Skoda mulls new plant to meet record demand

March 30, 2018 06:01 CET

Skoda may need to build another plant in Europe to keep pace with its record-breaking sales, CEO Bernhard Maier said.... Read More »

Nexteer expects to double Europe revenue

March 29, 2018 06:01 CET

Global steering supplier Nexteer believes that its expansion into Northern Africa will help it double revenue in Europe by 2020, allowing it to better compete against rivals Robert Bosch and ZF Friedrichshafen in the region.... Read More »

Skoda has 'ambitious' sales target for small SUV

March 27, 2018 11:06 CET

Skoda says it has "ambitious sales targets" for its new small SUV, which will arrive next year. The Czech brand said new model will account for much of the planned 80,000 capacity increase at its main factory, quickly making it the brand's No. 2-selling SUV after the compact-sized Karoq.... Read More »

EU largely wins WTO challenge against Russian duty on vans

March 23, 2018 13:15 CET

The EU largely won a WTO appeal ruling in a dispute over Russia's anti-dumping duties on German and Italian light commercial vehicles.... Read More »

Skoda offers 8% wage hike to avert strike

March 21, 2018 16:32 CET

Skoda has proposed an 8.3 percent hike in wage tariffs in a bid to reach an agreement on pay and shift work with unions.... Read More »

Skoda expects Citigo EV to counter risk of CO2 emissions fines

March 19, 2018 06:01 CET

Skoda will launch a full-electric version of its Citigo minicar after its push into the hot-selling SUV market put the automaker at risk of fines for missing EU CO2 emissions reduction targets.... Read More »

FEBRUARY SALES

Mitsubishi, Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rise 25%

March 12, 2018 06:01 CET

Russian new-car sales rose 25 percent in February. Mitsubishi saw the biggest gain with sales soaring 97 percent, while Ford sales jumped 50 percent.... Read More »

BMW is taking 'close look' at Russia production

March 7, 2018 10:18 CET

BMW will decide on production in Russia in the coming weeks and months, CEO Harald Krueger said, now that some European countries have shown weaker growth.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Tax threat has PSA questioning U.S. plans

3:00 pm U.S. ET | March 7, 2018

Tax threat has PSA questioning U.S. plans; Nissan seeking France's Renault stake?; Jag I-Pace, Ram 1500 prices; GM outsold in S. Korea; BMW eyeing Russia; This king cab cooks 'cue.... Read More »

Skoda may be hit by extended strikes after unions reject latest wage offer

Feb. 21, 2018 15:56 CET

Unions at Skoda have rejected the automaker's latest wage increase offer, raising the prospect of an extended strike at the automaker.... Read More »

AvtoVAZ cuts loss to $171 million as Russia recovers

Feb. 15, 2018 11:55 CET

Russia's biggest automaker, AvtoVAZ, said its annual net loss narrowed to 9.7 billion rubles ($171 million) last year from a loss of 44.8 billion rubles in 2016, helped by cost cuts and the recovery of the Russian car market.... Read More »

Skoda wage offer rejected by Czech unions

Feb. 15, 2018 10:15 CET

Unions at Skoda have rejected a wage offer from the automaker and started preparations for a possible strike, labor representatives said.... Read More »

Electric cars threaten to leave behind East European suppliers

Feb. 8, 2018 09:50 CET

Slovakia makes more cars per person than anywhere else in Europe, yet the only EVs being built in the country are e-Up minicars at VW's Bratislava plant. Now there's a growing sense that the country needs to keep up or it will lose out.... Read More »

JANUARY SALES

Renault, Kia and Ford are winners as Russia sales rise 31%

Feb. 6, 2018 14:33 CET

Renault, Kia and Ford were big winners in Russia in January after the new-car market grew by 31 percent in the biggest monthly increase since 2011.... Read More »

 
VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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Former BMW executive Herbert Diess now heads both VW Group and its core VW brand, which may be conce ...
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BMW envisions its iNext as an SUV

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23 2018

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BMW looks likely to follow Audi's e-tron and Mercedes's EQC with its own battery-powered full-size S ...
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Can autonomous vehicles be developed without risking lives?

Dave Guilford
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 14 2018

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It's easy to become enamoured of the accident-free future with autonomous cars, but before that time ...
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Porsche wants Chinese buyers to love the 911

Christiaan Hetzner
4:31 am U.S. ET | May 11 2018

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China may be Porsche's biggest market but sales of its 911 sports car are poor. ...
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Lessons learned from DaimlerChrysler

Richard Johnson
8:50 am U.S. ET | May 9 2018

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Conventional wisdom is that the combining of Daimler-Benz with Chrysler failed because of a clash of cultures, but that's an oversimplification. ...
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VW hopes marketing overhaul will banish diesel stain

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 1 2018

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VW will support the launch of its I.D. ...
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Renault's push to grow outside Europe is off to a mixed start

Peter Sigal
8:50 am U.S. ET | April 27 2018

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Carlos Ghosn is betting that Renault's sales outside of Europe will drive revenues over the next six years. ...
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Why it won't be easy for global automakers to part with Chinese partners

Yang Jian
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 23 2018

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The Chinese government will phase out restrictions on foreign ownership of joint ventures with domes ...
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Schaeffler looks beyond ball-bearings with future urban mobility ideas

Peter Sigal
4:52 am U.S. ET | April 19 2018

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Schaeffler is looking toward the future of mobility with new products that include the Mover, a comp ...
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Key takeaways from VW's wild week

Christiaan Hetzner
7:13 am U.S. ET | April 13 2018

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Audi loses, Porsche wins and why VW Group parted ways with Matthias Mueller were among the key takea ...
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VW Group's China sales rose 12% in April on Audi, Skoda demand
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Tesla Model S outsells German luxury flagships in Europe
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Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year
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Europe's EV sales expected to top 200,000 this year
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Ex-AvtoVAZ CEO Bo Andersson is reborn as a supplier
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Seating supplier Adient promotes veteran exec Fleischer to lead Europe business
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Hyundai Nexo leads eco charge
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With DS 7, PSA gets upscale flagship
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