Peter Homola


Based in Austria, Peter covers Eastern European auto makers and markets.

Violence, Economic Crisis Hit Ukraine Auto Industry
ZAZ, the country’s only full-cycle automaker, manufactured only 10,622 cars in first-half 2014, compared with 252,476 in 2008, and may halt production in September because of parts shortages.
Violence Hasn’t Sidetracked Iraq Auto Production 
During the official opening of the $100 million government-run assembly plant in Al Iskandria in March, guests could see a small exhibit of cars, including a Chevrolet Malibu, with a legend that suggested plans for local assembly.
Algeria Welcoming European, Chinese Automakers 
Between its Renault and Dacia brands, Renault Group was the largest player in Algeria in 2013 with 111,378 deliveries and 26.2% market share. The French automaker also is the first company to manufacture cars in the country.
Renault, Fiat in CV Talks With Russia’s MosAvtoZil
Renault and Fiat are seeking more details about managing production, MosAvtoZil’s level of investment and the transfer price, or how much the French and Italian automakers would pay to buy back vehicles made by the Russian JV.
PSA Grows Sales, Production Operations in Kazakhstan 
PSA partner AllurGroup adds Peugeot to the brands it already sells or distributes and wants the French automaker to consider adding CKD assembly in the country.
Avtotor Breaks Ground on New Assembly Operation 
The first phase of the project is expected to be finished in 2016, at which time capacity will total 150,000 vehicles a year. That will be extended to 250,000 units by 2018.
Ford Strengthens Manufacturing Base in Russia 
Ford will assemble 10 models in Russia beginning in 2014. With launch of the EcoSport next year, its JV with Sollers will expand vehicle production to three plants.
Andersson May Be Named President of Russia’s AvtoVAZ 
Andersson would replace current President Igor Komarov, who is stepping down in order to take over a new position in Russia’s space industry.
Magna Steyr Expands Mercedes-Benz G-Class Production 
Magna Steyr reportedly invested some €20 million in the expansion, which includes a new assembly line and upgrades throughout the plant to increase overall capacity.
Renault-Nissan, AvtoVAZ Create Common Purchasing Group
Improving purchasing procedures and the quality of parts sourced from Russian-owned suppliers, as well as increasing parts localization, are among the main tasks of the alliance’s partnership with AvtoVAZ.
Audi Gearing for Manufacturing Comeback in Brazil 
The VW luxury brand plans to launch assembly of the Audi A3 sedan from CKD kits in September 2015, with the Audi Q3 CUV to be added in mid-2016.
Russia’s Sollers Grows Majority Stake in UAZ Plant 
Sollers paid the Russian state about RR850.3 million for an additional 13.2% stake in UAZ, which manufactures SUVs, pickups and light-commercial vehicles.
Second Toyota Model to Double St. Petersburg Capacity 
The auto maker will invest ¥18 billion in the plant to add production of the RAV4, its top seller in Russia and the country’s fourth best-selling CUV.
Renault-Nissan Alliance Expands Southeast Asian Footprint in Indonesia 
Indonesia is among the top emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region, with a population of 250 million. The country, which has 36 vehicles for every 1,000 residents, is seen as one of the world’s most promising passenger-vehicle markets.
Ukraine’s Bogdan to Add Great Wall Assembly 
While other vehicles assembled by Bogdan are built from complete-knocked-down kits, the Great Wall project will start with semi-knocked-down assembly in the first stage.


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