Eastern Europe

AeroMobil readies flying car for delivery by 2020

April 21, 2017 09:11 CET

Slovakia's AeroMobil has unveiled a flying car priced at up to $1.6 million. The company says the car can switch to flight mode in less than three minutes. It expects to begin deliveries by 2020.... Read More »

Audi outlines production plans for Q8, Q4 SUVs

April 11, 2017 12:04 CET

Audi outlined production plans for its upcoming Q8 and Q4 as the Volkswagen Group premium brand accelerates its push into the booming SUV/crossover market.... Read More »

Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%

April 10, 2017 13:51 CET

New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. Lada, Kia, Hyundai and Renault had big gains.... Read More »

Ford starts hiring to build EcoSport in Romania

April 6, 2017 11:51 CET

Ford said it will recruit nearly 1,000 people as it prepares to build its EcoSport subcompact SUV in Romania for European markets, ending imports from India.... Read More »

VW, Ford and others helped in Russia by ruble's rise

March 30, 2017 13:46 CET

Foreign automakers in Russia including VW, Ford and Renault-Nissan are benefiting from a stronger, more stable ruble, which is reducing their costs and supporting earnings. Russia's car market is forecast to grow by 4 percent in 2017 after four years of losses.... Read More »

Hyundai's Czech workers get big pay increase

March 28, 2017 11:38 CET

Workers at Hyundai's Czech plant will get on average a 12 percent pay raise this year, the latest big increase at a major manufacturer in Europe's tightest labor market.... Read More »

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 »

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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 »

 
Volvo exec says risk factor for XC60 exceeds XC90

Douglas A. Bolduc
5:09 am U.S. ET | April 27 2017

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Volvo's r&d boss says the new XC60 is even more of a high-risk model than the second-generation XC90 ...
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Germany's auto industry welcomes prospect of Macron presidency in France

Christiaan Hetzner
8:34 am U.S. ET | April 24 2017

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Sunday's election outcome in France, in which a moderate Europhile investment banker won the first r ...
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China lands Chevy Volt in a Buick wrapper

Jay Ramey
8:14 am U.S. ET | April 20 2017 UPDATED: 4/20/17 2:27 pm ET - adds details

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Buick offers far more models in China than it does in the U.S. ...
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Tavares' tall task for PSA and Opel: brand management

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7 2017

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The buzz at last month's Geneva auto show was what would PSA CEO Carlos Tavares do to streamline his enlarged stable of brands, given that Citroen, Peugeot and new addition... ...
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After record high, UK's 'treasure island' status is set to end

Nick Gibbs
4:32 am U.S. ET | April 6 2017

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After March new-car registrations hit an all-time high in the UK, analysts predict an end to the market's long run as a "treasure island" for profits. ...
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Volvo CEO keeps his hiring promise

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5 2017

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Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson promised to make the automaker “younger, more diverse and more international.” He achieved all three with his latest hiring. ...
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Will the quality ghosts of British Leyland haunt Tesla?

Richard Truett
11:28 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Tesla's plan to skimp on testing the Model 3 in real-world driving is fraught with danger. British L ...
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Piech's problem: his 'small-minded' family


5:29 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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Ferdinand Piech's decision to sell his stake in his family's holding company that owns a majority st ...
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Tavares has the tools to make PSA-Opel a success

Peter Sigal
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 4 2017

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PSA's pending acquisition of Opel/Vauxhall has all the makings of a prime-time TV drama. ...
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Volvo dealers get crash course on conquests

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31 2017

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Volvo's head of Europe says that his dealers have had to get used to something new: knowing how to cash in on conquest sales. ...
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FCA, Ford and Renault gain share as European sales rise 11%
European sales rose 11 percent in March as automakers took advantage of a solid economy and more sel ...
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VW brand sales rose 2.5% in March but are down for first quarter
Volkswagen brand's global sales rose 2.5 percent in March but slid 1. ...
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Lada, Kia and Renault see big gains as Russia sales rise nearly 10%
New-car sales in Russia rose 9.4 percent last month as the market's rebound begins to gain momentum. ...
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UK sales rise 8% in record monthly high
UK new-car registrations rose 8.4 percent to a record monthly high in March as customers brought for ...
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Spanish market returns to growth
Spanish new-car sales rose 13 percent in March, restarting a positive trend after a flat February. ...
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German sales rise 11% in March as diesel share declines
New-car sales in Germany increased by 11 percent in March, helped by two extra selling days. Diesel ...
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Italian market continued to rebound in March
New-car registrations in Italy rose by 18 percent last month, partly due to one more working day tha ...
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French car sales rise 7% in March on extra selling day
French car sales rose 7 percent in March, helped by an extra selling day. ...
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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 ...
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W. European sales edge up in February
Western European car sales rose nearly 1 percent in February as demand slowed in key markets. ...
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Europe's small SUV sales forecast to top 2 million next year
Europe's small SUV/crossover segment is forecast to continue its rapid growth as models from latecom ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Former GM chief Wagoner joins ChargePoint board
Former GM chief Rick Wagoner, who introduced the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid during his last year ...
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Bentley Americas chief Winkler to step down
Bentley's Americas chief Michael Winkler will step down from his post on June 1. Mark Del Rosso, Aud ...
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Volvo recruits former BMW, GM exec to lead procurement
Volvo has lured former BMW and General Motors purchasing executive Martina Buchhauser to take a newl ...
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VW recruits Daimler exec as chief compliance officer
VW Group has named Daimler executive Kurt Michels as its chief compliance officer. Michels previously worked in the same position at Daimler's trucks, vans and buses division. ...
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Audi's new development boss will start earlier than expected
Former Volvo executive Peter Mertens will become Audi's development chief earlier than anticipated, ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Mercedes makes E-class coupe more practical
Mercedes is repositioning its E-class coupe to offer more room and more functionality, promoting the ...
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Kia gives Rio better tech to challenge European rivals
Kia has added driver assistance systems not typical in small cars as well as upgraded connectivity i ...
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Mini maxes out with Countryman
The Mini Countryman has grown to become the BMW subsidiary's biggest model to date and now competes ...
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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 ...
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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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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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