Eastern Europe

Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017

Jan. 14, 2018 06:01 CET

Kia and VW brand were the top gainers in Russia last year as the country's new-car market rebounded from a four-year slump with 12 percent growth.... Read More »

Ford will increase Russian production on growing SUV, van demand

Jan. 10, 2018 14:46 CET

Ford is taking advantage of Russia's rebounding market by increasing production at its Yelabuga plant to meet growing demand for SUVs and vans.... Read More »

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Renault, Lada, Hyundai-Kia poised to gain from Russia's new stability

Jan. 3, 2018 06:01 CET

Russia's strengthening auto market is good news for automakers such as Renault-Nissan and its Russian subsidiary AvtoVAZ, as well as Hyundai and sister brand Kia. These three dominant players are poised to profit most from the market's rebound.... Read More »

Tesla wooed by Hungary with tax breaks, report says

Dec. 15, 2017 09:44 CET

Hungary's foreign minister met Tesla executives during a tour of Silicon Valley and explained to them the tax breaks and other incentives offered to automakers in the country, a local news agency reported.... Read More »

BMW will build Czech test track for self-driving cars

Dec. 15, 2017 12:27 CET

BMW will invest $118 million on a test track for self-driving and electric cars in the Czech Republic as it expands its push into alternative driving technologies.... Read More »

NOVEMBER SALES

VW, Ford gain as Russia sales rise 15%

Dec. 8, 2017 15:44 CET

New-car sales in Russia rose 15 percent in November. VW and Ford sales both jumped 29 percent.... Read More »

VW said to be in talks to buy stake in Russia's GAZ

Dec. 2, 2017 09:39 CET

Volkswagen is in talks to buy a stake in Russia's GAZ, sources told Reuters.... Read More »

SK Innovation picks Hungary for battery plant to meet EV demand in Europe

Nov. 30, 2017 11:57 CET

South Korea's SK Innovation will invest $777 million to build an electric vehicle battery plant in Hungary to meet demand from automakers in Europe.... Read More »

Toyota will build new engine for hybrid cars in Poland

Nov. 29, 2017 12:48 CET

Toyota is investing $113 million in its Polish engine plant to build a 1.5-liter gasoline unit for hybrid cars.... Read More »

PSA seeks to capitalize on Russia rebound with van production

Nov. 27, 2017 11:55 CET

PSA will start production of Peugeot Expert and Citroen Jumpy vans at its plant in Kaluga, Russia, as the automaker seeks to increase sales in the Russian market, which is rebounding from a deep slump.... Read More »

PSA may build engines in Opel factory, report says

Nov. 24, 2017 11:42 CET

PSA will use an Opel factory to build 200,000 gasoline engines instead of its own Trnava plant in Slovakia, as initially planned, as the automaker gears up to produce more vehicles based on its future common modular platform, a French newspaper reported.... Read More »

China's Geely targets Russia market with Belarus plant

Nov. 21, 2017 10:53 CET

China's Geely has teamed up with Belarus to open a plant producing vehicles targeted at the Russian market.... Read More »

GM's parting with Russia has been such sweet sorrow

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2017

General Motors pulled out of Russia in 2015, but still does pretty well there.... Read More »

Skoda will build EVs in Czech Republic

Nov. 20, 2017 10:36 CET

Skoda will build a full-electric vehicle in the Czech Republic as part of plans for an electrified lineup... Read More »

Poland plant marks premium move for IAC

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

IAC Group's new plant in Poland is a strategy play to be at the doorstep of global luxury automakers as the industry shifts to higher-grade interiors.... Read More »

OCTOBER SALES

Ford, Nissan among winners as Russia sales rise 17%

Nov. 10, 2017 11:13 CET

Ford and Nissan had big jumps in new-car sales in a Russian market where overall volume increased 17 percent.... Read More »

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE ASSEMBLY PLANT MAP

PSA-Opel fusion shakes up European production footprint

Nov. 1, 2017 06:01 CET

PSA's takeover of GM's Opel was a game-changer for Europe's vehicle assembly footprint. Automotive News Europe's latest Guide to European Assembly Plants shows how the acquisition has boosted PSA's capacity so it can better challenge VW and Renault-Nissan.... Read More »

Nissan bullish about Europe, Russia

Oct. 31, 2017 06:01 CET

Nissan is bullish about how the automaker will perform in Europe for the rest of 2017 and for 2018 because of the roll out of the updated Leaf, new Micra and semi-autonomous driving technology.... Read More »

2017 TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

Nissan's big vision: Rolling Titan into global markets

6:54 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2017

Still in launch mode for the Titan pickup in the U.S. market, Nissan is contemplating selling the full-size truck to various global markets.... Read More »

BMW mulls new plant in Russia

Oct. 17, 2017 06:01 CET

BMW is considering opening a factory in Russia as the country's new-car sales recover after years of decline.... Read More »

LG to open Europe's biggest car battery factory

Oct. 12, 2017 12:13 CET

LG Chem will open Europe's largest lithium-ion battery factory in Poland next year as the region's auto industry gears up to mass produce electric cars.... Read More »

Skoda will add jobs despite VW union fears

Oct. 11, 2017 09:47 CET

Skoda will only make use of parent VW Group's wider manufacturing network to cope with peaks in demand, CEO Bernhard Maier said, amid worries that the brand could lose some production to VW factories in Germany. Maier said Skoda's capacity is hitting its limit and the company is adding more jobs in its home country.... Read More »

Ford, Kia among winners as Russia sales rose 18% in Sept.

Oct. 9, 2017 16:23 CET

Russia's car market is expected to grow by 11 percent this year after sales rose 18 percent last month thanks to an improving economy. Kia and Ford were among the monthly winners, while Toyota lost ground.... Read More »

VIDEO: AutoNews Now: Strike saps supplies of Chevy Equinox

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2017

Strike saps supplies of Chevy Equinox; Nissan's 'shocking' lapse; New twist on two classic Toyotas; Uber peacemaker move; Mitsubishi airbag recall; Putin in a Tesla? 'Why not?'... Read More »

Ukrainians use workaround to avoid high taxes on car imports

Sept. 25, 2017 15:13 CET

The traffic on Kiev's streets includes a lot of cars that aren't registered in the Ukraine. This isn't due to tourism but rather a workaround by local drivers who crave foreign-made vehicles but refuse to pay restrictively high import duties to buy them at home.... Read More »

 
BMW exec combines Silicon Valley innovation with corporate rigor

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 17 2018

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Will Mercedes' G class get juiced?

Amy Wilson
9:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14 2018

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Mercedes could make an electric variant of its iconic G-class SUV, Dieter Zetsche seemed to imply in ...
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PSA develops possible Renault Twizy rival

Peter Sigal
4:55 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12 2018

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PSA's latest effort in the field of mobility services is a plug-in hybrid three-wheeled scooter that ...
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PSA should sell UK Vauxhall plant to Jaguar Land Rover

Nick Gibbs
3:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11 2018

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A second round of job cuts shows PSA is struggling with the viability of its newly acquired Ellesmer ...
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Qoros' new owner plans to be China's Tesla

Yang Jian
5:13 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5 2018

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Dozens of Chinese EV startups have sought to become the Chinese answer to Tesla, but none of them ha ...
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How Nissan, NASA will help you park in the future

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 3 2018

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Nissan has turned to NASA to help it with what could be a challenging task in the future: remotely p ...
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Supplier CEO who loves his front-row seat to industry's transformation

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29 2017

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Yanfeng Automotive Interiors CEO Johannes Roters is energized by the megatrends that are changing the industry because he remembers a time when things were a bit stagnant. ...
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Nissan tackles tech overload in autonomous car

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23 2017

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Nissan's latest test car for autonomous driving has 39 devices to achieve 360-degree sensing. The automaker knows that number needs to be slashed. ...
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Conti exec learns when art tops science

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22 2017

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Continental's head of startups got some excellent advice after he was put in charge of the supplier's new entrepreneurial unit. ...
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PSA got a bargain with Opel, former GM Europe boss says

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 19 2017

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PSA got a "good deal" when it bought General Motors' European operations, Opel/Vauxhall, says Nick R ...
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European sales fall 5% in December with Fiat, Nissan and Skoda among biggest losers
European new-car sales fell nearly 5 percent in December, hurt by extra days off for Christmas versu ...
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Kia, VW are winners as Russia sales rise 12% in 2017
Kia and VW brand were the top gainers in Russia last year as the country's new-car market rebounded ...
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Western European registrations fell 5% in December
Western European registrations fell 5 percent in December, which had two fewer selling days than a y ...
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UK sales drop most since recession on Brexit, diesel fears
UK registrations fell nearly 6 percent in 2017 in their biggest annual slide since the global recess ...
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Spain's 2017 sales get big boost from discounting
Spanish new-car sales rose nearly 8 percent last year, although dealers said the increase was helped ...
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German sales rose nearly 3% in 2017 as diesel demand plunged
German new-car sales rose nearly 3 percent last year but fell 1 percent in December on fewer selling ...
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Renault, Lada, Hyundai-Kia poised to gain from Russia's new stability
Russia's strengthening auto market is good news for automakers such as Renault-Nissan and its Russia ...
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Incentives push Italy's 2017 sales to eight-year high
Italian new-car sales rose nearly 8 percent in 2017 as incentives helped push demand to its highest ...
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EVs and hybrids accounted for more than half of Norway's new-car sales in 2017
Sales of electrified cars exceeded half of new registrations in Norway in 2017, a record aided by ge ...
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French 2017 sales rise nearly 5% but diesel share falls below 50%
French registrations rose by nearly 5 percent in 2017, led by increases of more than 10 percent at S ...
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VW, Peugeot, Seat propel compact SUV sector toward new record
Strong demand for new entries from VW, Peugeot and Seat helped to increase European sales in the com ...
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Premium midsize SUVs overtake sedans, wagons in key European segment
Last year for the first time premium SUV models such as the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and BMW X3 were more ...
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Renault, Mercedes, Fiat give new life to pickup segment
Renault, Fiat, Mercedes, and soon PSA, are all launching pickup trucks to take on market leader Ford ...
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Automakers add more tech to subcompact cars to boost margins
New models, increased technology and a strong focus on personalization are helping volume automakers ...
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Small SUVs in focus as Citroen, Hyundai, Kia and Seat ready challengers
Europe's small SUV segment is about to get a lot more crowded as automakers including VW, Hyundai, K ...
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EVs are Europe's fastest growing segment
The EV segment was Europe's fastest growing sector in the first half as sales jumped 56 percent. ...
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Mercedes, Mini, help reverse Europe's cabriolet slump
Europe's premium convertible segment is on the rise as new models from Mercedes, Mini and Porsche he ...
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SUVs will continue to dominate in Europe
Surging demand for SUVs and crossovers in Europe shows no signs of slowing. Analysts predict the bod ...
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Peugeot, Ford, Renault lead in high-margin sales to private customers
The Peugeot, Ford and Renault brands were Europe's first-quarter leaders in a key part of the retail business: sales to private customers. ...
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Rolls-Royce sales chief Knight leaves automaker
Rolls-Royce said its sales and marketing director, Fintan Knight, has left the company to pursue oth ...
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Industry veteran Norman tasked with Vauxhall turnaround
PSA named industry veteran Stephen Norman to lead its UK Vauxhall brand, just days after the automak ...
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PSA promotes Germany boss Chopelin to lead global sales and marketing
PSA promoted its Germany boss, Alberic Chopelin, to head global sales and marketing operations, incl ...
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VW brand accelerates push to be EV leader with new e-mobility division
VW brand is creating an e-mobility division as it seeks to be the leader in mass-market electric car ...
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VW taps Skoda's UK boss to lead U.S. sales
VW of America has tapped Skoda's UK boss Duncan Movassaghi to take over sales operations for the VW brand in the U.S. ...
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VW brand loses U.S. sales chief amid sales decline
Ron Stach, who has headed U.S. sales for the VW brand for nearly two years, has left the automaker. ...
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BMW names former Mini boss Goller as new China chief
BMW named former Mini boss Jochen Goller as its new head of China operations. ...
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PSA replaces China chief amid sales slump
PSA named new chiefs for its China and Latin America regions as part of a management shuffle. The mo ...
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Gestamp elevates CFO Pena to CEO
Spanish metal parts supplier Gestamp said it named Francisco Lopez Pena as CEO. ...
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Renault's Le Vot will run Nissan North America
Nissan tapped Denis Le Vot of Renault to serve as chairman of Nissan North America. He will succeed Jose Munoz as Nissan's top North American leader. ...
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Hyundai gives Kona off-road capabilities to broaden small SUV's appeal
Hyundai hopes a sharp design, advanced connectivity features and off-road capability will help win c ...
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Citroen sees C3 Aircross luring minivan loyalists
Citroen says the C3 Aircross will stand out from rivals in the subcompact SUV segment with its expre ...
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VW seeks youth appeal with T-Roc
VW believes the T-Roc's high-tech connectivity features, expressive design and fashionable color opt ...
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Seat Arona tackles the 'urban jungle'
Seat is aiming its Arona subcompact crossover at inhabitants of "the urban jungle" who don't need of ...
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BMW sticks to X3's winning formula
BMW has stuck to its winning formula for its X3, one of the automaker's highest volume models, givin ...
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Renault touts Alaskan's comfort features
Renault is seeking to capture a share of Europe's small-but-growing pickup segment with the Alaskan, ...
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Mercedes pickup aims to mimic success of brand's SUVs
Daimler hopes the Mercedes X class will be a game-changer for its light commercial vehicles division ...
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Opel Grandland X plugs key gap in SUV lineup
Opel's Grandland X crossover is expected to give the automaker a strong foothold in Europe's popular ...
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Why Kia sees Stonic as groundbreaker
Kia sees the new Stonic as its best opportunity to date to conquer those European customers who rema ...
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'Chic' VW Polo targets younger buyers
VW is repositioning the Polo subcompact to appeal to younger buyers, abandoning an approach in which ...
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Suppliers to the new Aston Martin DB11
Assembly of the all-new Aston Martin DB11 began in May 2016 in at the supercar maker's plant in Gayd ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi Q2
Assembly of the all-new Audi Q2 began in July 2016 at Audi's plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. ...
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