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Slovakia is a carmaking world power

CAR MAKERS' determination to exhibit their best cars in Slovakia confirms the country's position as a world power in car making, according to a report in the Hospodárske Noviny financial daily. The most prominent car show in Slovakia, the Bratislavský Autosalón, opened its doors on April 16. Twenty-seven carmakers exhibited 63 new or up-graded models at the five-day show in the capital.

CAR MAKERS' determination to exhibit their best cars in Slovakia confirms the country's position as a world power in car making, according to a report in the Hospodárske Noviny financial daily. The most prominent car show in Slovakia, the Bratislavský Autosalón, opened its doors on April 16. Twenty-seven carmakers exhibited 63 new or up-graded models at the five-day show in the capital.

This year the show features luxury cars, with Cadillac, Corvette, Maybach, Spyker and Wiesmann exhibiting some of their models for the first time in Slovakia.

There were also premieres from carmakers with plants in Slovakia. Kia presented its new model, the pro_cee'd, Volkswagen the Passat CC, and Peugeot introduced a number of models including the 308 SW.

Also, Škoda has announced an offensive to recover some of the Slovak market share it has lost. The Czech company, which is part of the Volkswagen group, wants to sell more than 20,000 new cars here this year. Last year, the carmaker, which is still the most popular in Slovakia, sold about 18,000 units, according to the Automotive Industry Association.

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