Economy

Europe sales advance 9% in July as economies rebound

Aug. 24, 2015 06:01 CET

European new-car registrations rose 9.1 percent in July as recession-hit countries such as Portugal and Ireland, along with the major markets of Germany, the UK, France and Italy, performed strongly....
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YANG JIAN

BLOG: Why the Chinese market rout is hitting global auto brands

5:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

The Chinese government's decision to allow small- and medium-sized businesses to list on the stock market produced a rout that wiped out the wealth of middle-class consumers, the main customers for global automakers....
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YANG JIAN

BLOG: Why the Chinese market rout is hitting global auto brands

5:04 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

The Chinese government's decision to allow small and medium-sized businesses to list on the stock market produced a rout that wiped out the wealth of middle-class consumers, the main customers for global automakers....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Automakers in Russia left with nowhere to turn as economic woes deepen

Aug. 18, 2015 11:08 CET

Automakers building cars in Russia such as VW and Ford have been hit as the ruble's steep decline increases the cost of foreign parts they import. Companies are being forced to increase car prices despite the country's economic crisis that leaves consumers with little money for big purchases....
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Russian car sales slump eases on gov't incentives

Aug. 10, 2015 23:59 CET

Russian car sales dropped at the slowest pace since their slump resumed in January as the government used subsidies and other incentives to counter falling consumption....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

AvtoVAZ CEO Andersson foresees sales surge from key Lada debuts

Aug. 7, 2015 06:01 CET

Former General Motors purchasing chief Bo Andersson faced a massive task when he was hired to turn around AvtoVAZ, Russia's automotive giant, two years ago. Despite the challenge of a slumping Russian market, Andersson is bullish about the future of the company that builds Lada cars....
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Audi will give aid to China dealers, report says

July 20, 2015 11:19 CET

Audi will provide 1.2 billion yuan ($193 million) in financial aid to its dealers in China, according to sources, as demand for luxury vehicles slows in its largest market. Audi's China sales slipped 5.8 percent last month....
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PSA plans to expand Iran venture after nuclear deal

July 15, 2015 10:53 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is in advanced talks over an Iranian carmaking venture with its local partner, Iran Khodro. The new venture would build cars from scratch using the automaker's latest vehicle architectures and engines....
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Ford expects Russian market to stabilize

July 14, 2015 11:35 CET

Russia's auto market could stabilize in the second half, said the head of Ford's Russian venture, Ted Cannis, halting a slide in sales fueled by the country's economic downturn....
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German premium brands hit by China stock market turmoil, slowing economy

July 13, 2015 15:15 CET

Prices for German luxury cars in China are tumbling as the country's stock market sell-off and worries about broader economic growth chill demand for auto brands that once commanded price premiums from affluent Chinese consumers....
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Brilliance China issues profit warning as slowing economy hits BMW sales

July 13, 2015 15:47 CET

Brilliance China Automotive Holdings, which makes BMW cars in China, issued a profit warning, citing slowing sales in the world's biggest car market....
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Russian car sales could fall 36% in 2015, AEB says

July 8, 2015 15:56 CET

New-car sales in Russia are expected to fall 36 percent in 2015, the Association of European Businesses lobby group said, revising downward its previous forecast that the country's full-year volume would decline 25 percent. The more pessimistic outlook follows Russia's 30 percent sales decrease in June....
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Greek sales slide amid broader European rebound

July 7, 2015 10:35 CET

New-car sales in Greece fell 22 percent last month, the sharpest drop of any western European car market, amid political uncertainty. Registrations across the region rose 14 percent to 1.31 million as the UK, Germany, France and Spain delivered double-digit percentage gains....
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Greek exit from euro could bring stability, German auto lobby group says

July 1, 2015 09:54 CET

Germany's auto industry lobby group, the VDA, believes a Greek exit from the eurozone may be necessary despite the setback this may bring for Europe's fragile recovery in new-car sales. Automakers are monitoring the potential effects on capital markets and exchange rates if Greece leaves the European single currency – dubbed Grexit....
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VW, FCA, GM at risk as Brazil slump worsens

June 14, 2015 06:15 CET

VW, Fiat Chrysler, GM and Ford are all likely to be hit hard by a downturn in Brazil's auto industry this year that's expected to be the worst since 1998, according to the national automakers association Anfavea....
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Czech car industry revenue rises 15% to new record in 2014

June 12, 2015 21:05 CET

The Czech car sector's revenue rose 15 percent to a record 991 billion crowns ($41 billion) in 2014, the country's Automotive Industry Association (AutoSAP) said, helped by a big increase in overall local production by automakers such as Skoda, Hyundai, Toyota and PSA....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Auto execs warn UK exit from EU would be 'bad for both'

June 12, 2015 09:33 CET

Multiple automotive bosses -- including the heads of four iconic British brands -- urged the UK to remain in the European Union in the interest of both sides during the Automotive News Europe Congress....
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Bentley expands in hard-hit Russia with third dealership

June 2, 2015 16:30 CET

Bentley has added its third dealership in Moscow as the carmaker anticipates that wealthier Russians will shrug off an impending recession and buy its upcoming Bentayga SUV....
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BMW partner will build X4 in Russia from U.S. kits

May 31, 2015 06:01 CET

BMW will add production of the X4 SUV in Russia with local partner Avtotor using kits shipped from the automaker's U.S. plant. BMW and rival Mercedes-Benz are keen on Russian production despite the market's downturn to avoid import tariffs....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Europe's biggest segment is poised for a rebound

May 15, 2015 06:15 CET

European sales of subcompact cars including the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta are forecast to rise to 23 percent of the overall auto market in 2015. The increasing popularity of small crossovers, however, means the segment will never again reach the record share seen in 2009, analysts predict....
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Spain renews scrappage program for the last time

May 13, 2015 13:00 CET

New-car sales in Spain will continue to be boosted by subsidies after the government said it will renew a scrappage program for the last time.The program has helped to fuel car sales for the last 20 months after the country fell into a severe recession....
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Russian car sales fall 42% to lowest April level for a decade

May 13, 2015 15:17 CET

Russian new-car sales fell 42 percent in April, the lowest level for the month in a decade, as the country's economy continued to be hit by Western sanctions, low oil prices and a weak currency....
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Russia may ease ruble risk for foreign automakers

May 5, 2015 08:44 CET

Russia's government is planning to introduce measures to reduce the risk of ruble volatility for foreign automakers that have localized production in the country, a report said. After several years of growth in excess of 10 percent, car sales in Russia have plunged on a weaker ruble, dampened by Western sanctions over Ukraine and a slide in oil prices....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

How European automakers aim to keep winning in China despite market's slowdown

May 4, 2015 06:01 CET

Foreign carmakers face a tough battle in China as double-digit volume gains and fat profit margins recede and Chinese automakers make inroads into profitable segments. To combat the challenges, Volkswagen and others are focusing on low-emission models, budget vehicles and local production....
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EDITORIAL

Post-recession ripples

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

In December, General Motors delayed auctioning some retired rental-fleet vehicles because of depressed prices....
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