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E-trend: Slovakia is world leader in car production per capita

Last year, Slovakia became number one in the world in the car production, as it produced 171 automobiles per 1,000 inhabitants. The Czech Republic placed second, the Pravda daily wrote.

Last year, Slovakia became number one in the world in the car production, as it produced 171 automobiles per 1,000 inhabitants. The Czech Republic placed second, the Pravda daily wrote.

The three car producers with factories located in Slovakia – Volkswagen, PSA Peugeot Citroën and Kia – made almost 927,000 vehicles, the e-trend web-portal wrote on Tuesday, April 2. This is an almost two-fifths rise compared with 2011. “Calculated for one thousand inhabitants, 171 cars were produced in Slovakia in 2012,” head of the Slovak association of automotive industry Jaroslav Holeček said. In Slovakia, the automotive industry is the main booster of the economy. According to estimates, the three carmakers in the country should at least keep their production at the 2012 level, in spite of the decline in Europe’s market for new cars.

“The first two months of 2013 were slightly weaker than in 2012,” Holeček told e-trend. “But we still believe that car production will also rise mildly this year, and that in the end we will make 930,000 automobiles throughout the whole year,” he added. If this happened, it would mean that Slovakia would be able to keep its position as the world’s top producer of passenger cars. Last year, global production of passenger cars increased by 5.3 percent to 63.1 million vehicles. The highest number of cars in total was produced in China.

(Source: e-trend)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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