Peter Homola


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

Skoda Starts Assembly of Third-Gen Octavia in India 
Sales in India climbed 14.2% last year, but the VW affiliate is not satisfied with the way its sales and profitability are developing in the country.
Report: Daimler-Renault Dispute to Delay Smart Models 
The two auto makers reportedly are not on the same page when it comes to financing joint development and the quality level needed for the next Smart and Twingo.
Redesigned Skoda Yeti to Debut in Frankfurt
For the first time, Skoda will make available two distinctive exterior treatments, a city look and a more rugged outdoor design, with the main differentiation the front and rear bumpers.
Subaru Puts Russian Assembly Plans on Hold 
Subaru Motor’s executive director, Kazushi Yoshida, says the importer is focusing on creating a 5-year development strategy in the country.
Adam to Be First With New Opel 1.0L 3-Cyl.
The powerplant delivers 115 hp and 122 lb.-ft. of peak torque all the way from 1,800 to 4,700 rpm, generating more torque throughout its operating range than equally powerful, higher-displacement engines, the auto maker says.
AvtoVAZ Plans to Build Own Automatic Transmission 
The automatic gearbox will be the first produced by the auto maker, which has built cars including the perennial best-selling Lada brand since 1970.
Hyundai Czech Plant Launches Refreshed ix35 SUV 
One of the most significant upgrades for the ix35, known as the Tucson in the U.S., is the replacement of the 2.0L Theta II gasoline engine with Hyundai’s Nu 2.0L GDI powerplant that produces 166 hp.
Mitsubishi Expects Higher Sales in Russia Despite Weak Market 
The distributor sold 37,575 vehicles this year through June, up 16.6% from like-2012, while the Russian market was down 5.8% overall. A target of 150,000 units for 2015 could mean adding local assembly of a B- or C-car.
GM-AvtoVAZ Celebrates 500,000th Chevrolet Niva 
Volume production of the model started in September 2002 at the 50-50 joint venture. This year, output is planned at 58,000 units.
Russia Resumes Car-Loan Subsidy Program 
A government official expects the program to boost sales by up to 200,000 vehicles this year.
Russian Assembler Makes Deal With China’s Brilliance 
Derways currently builds cars for Chinese auto makers Geely and Lifan. It soon will launch volume assembly of the Luxgen7 SUV for the Taiwanese Luxgen brand.
GM Uzbekistan Reports Output Up in First-Half 2013 
The GM Uzbekistan JV, which earlier this month assembled its 2 millionth vehicle, was established in February 2008. Its primary markets are Uzbekistan and Russia.
Daimler Inaugurates Transmission Plant in Romania 
The auto maker invested some €30 million in the Romanian project and plans to expand production there.
Chrysler Takes Over Alfa Romeo Imports in Russia 
The brand currently has virtually no presence in Russia, which is expected to become Europe’s largest car market within the next few years.
Swiss Army Buys Fleet of Mercedes G-Class Off-Roaders
The G-Class purchase means the army does not have to change to a completely unknown vehicle, as it has been using an older model for more than 20 years.
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