Peter Homola


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

Magna Steyr May Build Sports Cars for BMW, Toyota
A newspaper reports Magna Steyr is expected to launch production of a BMW sports car that will succeed the Z4, in 2018, with a Toyota model to follow some months later. Plans call for combined production of at least 60,000 vehicles per year.
PSA Sheds Some Eastern European Import Distribution
In February, Emil Frey Group took over PSA’s import subsidiaries for Peugeot, Citroen and DS vehicles in Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia. The Swiss car importer and retailer added Czech Republic and Slovakia to its portfolio this month.
PSA, Daimler Consider Building New Plants in Europe
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says the automaker is mulling additional capacity in Europe, while PSA Vice President Yann Vincent says PSA could benefit from expanding into emerging markets such as those in Eastern Europe.
Turkish-Built Dodge Neon Lights Up Again in Mexico 1
Tofas, a joint venture between FCA and Turkish conglomerate Koc Holding, launched volume production of the new sedan in September. The car is sold as the Fiat Egea in Turkey, while FCA uses Fiat’s traditional Tipo model name for other markets.
Skoda Plant Gets Ready for Two New Models
Production of the SEAT Ateca already is under way. Skoda is manufacturing SEAT’s first CUV for the Spanish brand. A concept of the second new vehicle, Skoda’s first 7-seater SUV, will be shown in Geneva as the Skoda VisionS.
Germany’s Leipzig Cancels Auto Show
Sudden pullout by a number of automakers this month is forcing organizers to shelve the event.
Daimler Begins Export of Smart Forfour to China
China is expected to soak up as much as 5% of Revoz production.
Lifting of Iran Sanctions Opportunity for Global Automakers 
PSA, Renault-Nissan and Suzuki among vehicle makers expected to follow Daimler back into Iran.
Magna, VW in Talks Over Underutilized Germany Plant
The talks reportedly have included scenarios ranging from Magna obtaining a minority stake in the VW plant, acquisition of individual departments or an outright sale to the contract assembler and automotive supplier.
IKCO Venturing Back Into Syria, Eyes Export Markets
“With the withdrawal of anti-government forces from key regions of Syria, Iran Khodro is now capable of restoring its sites in the war-torn country,” an executive with Iran’s leading vehicle manufacturer says.
VW’s Skoda Unit Cancels Only MPV in Portfolio
The automaker scratches the second-generation Skoda Roomster, successor to the brand’s only multipurpose vehicle that was phased out last spring.
GM Poland Launches Output of U.S.-Bound Buick Cascada
The Polish facility will export a car to the U.S. for the first time since its inauguration in 1998.
Volkswagen’s Skoda Subsidiary Puts New Model on Hold 
It is not clear whether suspension of development of the second-generation Roomster is connected to Volkswagen’s diesel-engine-emissions scandal.
Some Chevrolets to Make Russian Comeback Under Ravon Brand 
The new Ravon brand plans five models for now, including the R3, an updated version of the previous-generation Chevrolet Aveo sedan.
GM May Stop Engine Production in Austria by 2018 
Opel’s Vienna plant manufactured 534,246 engines, 375,333 5-speed transmissions and 347,209 6-speed transmissions in 2014. The automaker expects similar production volumes for this and next year.


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