Peter Homola


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

Geely Confirms Plans for Belarus Joint-Venture Plant 
The JV plans to expand in Belarus in two stages, with annual capacity of 60,000 units to be reached by the end of 2015 and 120,000 planned in 2017. The second stage also is expected to include a stamping operation.
China’s Haima Takes Second Crack at Russian Market 
The company also may continue its cooperation with the Derways auto plant. There is an agreement between Haima and Derways on CKD assembly of the new-generation Haima 3. However, the timing for the vehicle's launch at Derways has not been announced.
Kia Slovak Plant Reports Record First-Half Production 
The Kia Sportage CUV accounted for nearly 48% of output, while the cee’d with its three body styles – 5- and 3-door hatchbacks plus wagon – represented more than 42%. The Venga multipurpose vehicle made up the remaining 10%.
Egypt’s Mercedes Assembler Adds MG Output 
Egypt is the third country after China and the U.K. to produce MG cars under the brand’s Chinese ownership.
Nissan’s First New-Era Datsun a Go
Datsun joins Nissan and Infiniti as the auto maker’s third brand and is expected to play an important role in the Nissan Power 88 midterm business plan.
Skoda Reveals First Pictures of Rapid Spaceback
Volume production of the car, which will offer four gasoline and two diesel engines, begins following summer shutdown at the auto maker’s Mlada Boleslav plant.
Mongolia Newest Asian Market for Peugeot  2
The brand’s first dealership will open this year in the capital city of Ulan Bator. Most of the initial offerings will be 208, 3008, 4008 and 508 models.
Russian Auto Maker Yo-Avto Developing Hybrid CUV
Despite the revival of a massive public-relations campaign, the prototype vehicles’ technical problems are noted by critics who see the company merely as a project to support majority owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s political ambitions.
VW Affiliate Skoda Celebrates 1 Millionth China Build 
Skoda sold only locally made cars after launching production in 2007. The auto maker this spring began importing two vehicles from Czech Republic to China, where it has identified a market segment that favors imported cars.
Opel to Invest Further in Hungarian Flex Engine Plant 
The latest outlay will add production of a new 1.8L engine at the operation and boost total capacity to 650,000 units in 2015.
Volkswagen to Cut Passat Production in Germany 
Slow sales industry-wide and the approaching end to the current model's lifecycle have dampened demand for the car in Europe.
Toyota Launches Production of New Corolla Sedan in Turkey 
The auto maker invested about €150 million to build the new model, creating roughly 900 jobs for temporary employees at the Turkish plant.
Datsun Chief Outlines Brand’s Comeback Strategy 
Sales of two new-era Datsun models launch in 2014 in India, Indonesia and Russia, followed later in the year by South Africa. The brand targets an “optimistic” middle class in those emerging markets.
Russian-Made PSA Engine Under Hood of Next Chevrolet Niva 
The powerplant will be produce by a third-party joint venture, with output slated to begin in 2015.
Former Beauty-Care Branding Expert Joins Opel Board 
CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann says Tina Mueller’s appointment underscores brand management as a pivotal element of the General Motors subsidiary’s strategy.
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