Peter Homola


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

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.
Chinese Automakers Retrench as Iran’s Market Reopens
With the lifting of sanctions against Iran in exchange for curtailing its nuclear program, Chinese automakers will face more competition as other foreign companies step up production in the country, increase imports, or both.
JLR’s New Slovak Plant Could Hit Personnel Snag 
JLR is expected to create up to 4,000 direct jobs at its Slovak plant. But its location within 100 miles of Volkswagen, PSA and Kia facilities has raised concerns the luxury automaker may have trouble finding enough qualified workers.
Global Automakers See New, Revived Prospects in Iran
Renault and PSA, both with a significant history of manufacturing activities in Iran, are in advanced negotiations on new projects.
Magna Steyr Austria Plant Adds BMW, JLR Production 
The contract assembler’s current portfolio at Graz includes the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Mini Countryman and Paceman and Peugeot RCZ. But of the four models, only G-Class production will continue after 2016.
JLR Looks to Eastern Europe to Expand Production
The luxury automaker has signed a manufacturing agreement with contract assembler Magna Steyr to build vehicles in Austria but also is in negotiations to build a new plant in Poland or Slovakia.
Chinese Automakers Eye Direct Investment in Russia 
While Chinese automakers accounted for only about a 3.3% share of Russia’s LV market year-to-date, their plans for growth in the country are ambitious.
Moscow Auto Show Highlights Lada, Chevrolet Concepts
Nissan’s revived low-cost Datsun brand, which is participating in the Moscow show for the first time, introduces its second model, the Datsun mi-DO.


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