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The big news this week was that Jaguar Land Rover announced a plan to build a 300,000-unit capacity plant in Slovakia. We knew that a plant...

ANALYSIS: BMW sales collapse in largest EU market

The 12 percent YoY rise in the June German passenger cars market has seen some notable changes to the usual pecking order. Opel muscled past...

THE WEEK THAT WAS: VW's 'master tactician' falls

Graeme Roberts | 1 May 2015

The big news of the week[end] was the failure of Volkswagen supervisory board chairman Ferdinand Piëch to unseat CEO Martin Winterkorn, as we reported here and here.

VEHICLE ANALYSIS: 'Bye Twin Gate, hello hatchback

Graeme Roberts | 1 May 2015

The key change for Skoda Superb generation three is that the Twin Gate choice of 'boot' or 'hatchback' opening is no more. As an insider revealed during a wide ranging discussion on the sidelines of the international media launch in Italy, owners rarely used the 'boot' option so hatchback only it now is.

COMMENT: Volkswagen's Piech got a lot right

Dave Leggett | 27 Apr 2015

Ferdinand Piech's forced exit from his role as chairman of Volkswagen Group's Supervisory Board appears to have resulted from yet another bout of political infighting instigated by himself.

THE WEEK THAT WAS: Lifting the hood on sales data

Graeme Roberts | 20 Feb 2015

ACEA's monthly reports on European car sales are always interesting and this week we decided to drill down a bit and see if there was anything interesting in the January data - and that for 2014 - worth keeping an eye on during the rest of 2015. There was.

Latest Interviews

INTERVIEW: SEAT chairman Juergen Stackmann

Glenn Brooks | 10 Oct 2013

Soon to clock up six months as head of SEAT, Jürgen Stackmann talks brand performance, plans for China and future products with Glenn Brooks reports.

INTERVIEW: Agromash Holdings on PSA in Kazakhstan

Simon Warburton | 26 Mar 2013

PSA Peugeot Citroen recently inked a partnership with Agromash Holding, for the assembly and distribution of the French automaker's passenger cars and LCVs in Kazakhstan. Simon Warburton was in contact with the trailer and agricultural machinery manufacturer based in the huge country on Russia's southern border.

Latest News

Škoda sales turn down in August

Dave Leggett | 8 Sep 2015

Škoda global car deliveries declined by some 3.4% in August to 70,700 vehicles. The company said the economic situation in China, Russia and Eastern Europe led to the decline.

Volkswagen starts output at Kaluga engine plant

Graeme Roberts | 7 Sep 2015

Volkswagen has commenced operations at its engine plant in Russia. The factory, adjacent to the company's vehicle assembly plant in Kaluga, has an annual production capacity of 150,000 engines.

Skoda to launch in South Korea - report

Dave Leggett | 20 Aug 2015

Volkswagen plans to launch the brand Skoda in South Korea by the end of 2015, according to sources.

Skoda resumes production after factory holiday

Simon Warburton | 18 Aug 2015

Production is again running at full capacity at Škoda's three sites in the Czech Republic after the factory holiday.

Škoda Superb features Canton sound system

Dave Leggett | 11 Aug 2015

Škoda says the new Škoda Superb has been "transformed into a concert hall on wheels" with the exclusively developed Canton sound system.

Škoda plans summer factory expansion, maintenance

Graeme Roberts | 28 Jul 2015

Volkswagen Group's Škoda Auto plans a variety of maintenance and expansion projects during two or three week summer holiday breaks at its factories in Mladá Boleslav, Kvasiny and Vrchlabí.

GAZ looks to Tier 3 and beyond in supplier focus

Simon Warburton | 25 Jun 2015

Russian producer, GAZ Group says it has "supplier visibility" down to Tier 3 level and even further as it looks to leverage the possibly short-lived advantage of a rouble under pressure.

GAZ 'wastes not one rouble' in efficiency drive

Simon Warburton | 25 Jun 2015

GAZ Group parent, Russian Machines says "not one rouble" is wasted in the company as it continues its efficiency moves to drive down costs in the business.

Skoda starts manufacturing Superb Estate

Graeme Roberts | 23 Jun 2015

Skoda has commenced production of the Superb Estate at its Kvasiny plant in Mlada Bolesl.

GAZ components welcomes rouble rate "absolutely"

Simon Warburton | 18 Jun 2015

GAZ Group's supply division is welcoming the rouble depreciation as a genuine business opportunity but noted it had to submit its tender to manufacture for its parent in just the same way as any other competitor.

GAZ owner sees market easing, incentives still key

Simon Warburton | 18 Jun 2015

GAZ Group's parent estimates the bottom may have been reached of plummeting passenger and light commercial vehicle sales in Russia but concedes the government will likely have to keep stepping in with incentive programmes.

Volkswagen opens new vehicle plant in south China

Graeme Roberts | 27 May 2015

Volkswagen Group has expanded capacity in China with the official opening of a new vehicle assembly plant for the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture in Changsha, southern China. The plant is the group's 119th global facility and its 20th in China.

Continental provides Skoda Superb tyres

Simon Warburton | 21 May 2015

Continental says Škoda has approved its ContiEcoContact 5 and ContiPremiumContact 5 tyres as original equipment for its Superb model.

Skoda drops import distributor in China

Tony Pugliese | 19 May 2015

Czech carmaker Skoda is streamlining its car distribution operations in China by discontinuing its imported car distribution business operated by its parent company Volkswagen.

Skoda considers plug-in hybrid Superb

Roger Stansfield | 1 May 2015

Skoda is considering adding a plug-in hybrid powertrain to its new flagship model, the Superb. The decision on whether to go ahead will largely depend on whether the company can meet the EU's 2020 fleet-average CO2 target of 95g/km using only combustion engines.

Skoda UK eyes 83,000 sales and 'mainstream' brand

Graeme Roberts | 1 May 2015

Skoda UK is hoping to sell "83,000-ish" cars this year, according to product affairs manager Rory Lumsdon.

Indian fiscal year passenger car sales rise 5%

Graeme Roberts | 13 Apr 2015

Sales of passenger cars in India rose by almost 5% to 1.87m in fiscal 2014-15 (year ended 31 March, 2015) after a decline in the previous two years.

Škoda union threatens "massive" strike in pay row

Simon Warburton | 10 Apr 2015

Škoda's main union is threatening a "massive" strike next week in protest at what it views as an inadequate pay offer from the Czech company.

UK digital radio fitment continues to rise

Graeme Roberts | 10 Apr 2015

Digital Radio UK said on Friday 450,000 new cars were registered in Q1 2015 with digital radio (DAB) as standard, an increase of 100,000 over Q1 2104 and 130,000 over Q4 2014.

Škoda to expand Kvasiny plant

Graeme Roberts | 24 Mar 2015

VW Group's Škoda said its Kvasiny plant and public infrastructure surrounding the east Bohemian site would be modernised and expanded over the next few years.

Skoda expands DQ 200-gearbox production

Dave Leggett | 23 Mar 2015

Škoda says it will be increasing the production capacity for the DQ 200 dual-clutch transmission made at the Skoda plant in Vrchlabí.

Škoda enjoys a record February

Graeme Roberts | 10 Mar 2015

In February Škoda's worldwide deliveries increased 8.3% year on year to 76,000 vehicles, a record for the month.

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