Updates on production, innovation and investment in Slovakia's largest industry: automobile manufacturing

One-third of jobs may be replaced by robots

The automotive industry introduced the most robots.Compiled by Spectator staff, 25. Jun 2020, at 14:05

Robots assemble vehicles in the carmaker Kia Motors Slovakia.

Jaguar Land Rover restores operation in Nitra

Plant currently running one-shift operation.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. May 2020, at 0:53

Jaguar Land Rover in Nitra restored its production.

Delayed government assistance put Slovakia’s competitiveness at risk

A study compares measures to combat the impact of the coronavirus crisis in seven European countries.Jana Liptáková, 7. May 2020, at 14:05

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Bratislava Volkswagen plant launches three-shift operation in late May

Second shift to be added in mid-May as production gradually resumes.Compiled by Spectator staff, 5. May 2020, at 13:21

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Kia will turn conveyor belts back on in early April

It is the first automotive plant to re-open. Strict hygiene measures will remain in place.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Mar 2020, at 21:03

Car parts awaiting assembly at the Kia Motors plant in Žilina, central Slovakia.

Carmakers halting production is only a minor problem, given the circumstances

Extent of damage will depend on how long restrictions last. Some companies might benefit from the crisis.Jana Liptáková, 19. Mar 2020, at 18:02

Volkswagen Slovakia has already interrupted production.

Žilina-based Kia halts production

The suspension will last two weeks.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Mar 2020, at 13:13

European car of 2020 made in Trnava

Peugeot 208 awarded for three various drives, rich equipment, technical solutions and good drive qualities.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Mar 2020, at 13:51

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Slovak car industry is getting less competitive, experts warn

Economists evaluate wage costs, labour productivity as well as investments in R&D.Jana Liptáková, 13. Feb 2020, at 23:41

Volkswagen Slovakia has already interrupted production.

Invest in Slovakia: Opportunities

Practical information from Investment Advisory GuideCompiled by Spectator staff, 9. Feb 2020, at 8:05

These 8 graphs explain why Slovakia is a car nation

Slovakia is the world’s largest car producer per capita.Jozef Tvardzík16. Jan 2020, at 12:37

An employee works on a car model at the PSA Groupe Slovakia car plant in Trnava, western Slovakia, on April 4, 2019.

Are the records of Slovak car industry getting a bitter undertone?

Automotive industry calls for measures to keep it internationally competitive.Jana Liptáková, 16. Jan 2020, at 7:49

Groupe PSA Slovakia plant in Trnava.

Slovakia beats record in car production, again

Automotive industry calls for action to keep the sector competitive.Jana Liptáková, 13. Jan 2020, at 13:32

Slovakia is not just a car assembly hall anymore

But the country still needs more investments into research and development.Jana Liptáková, 27. Dec 2019, at 14:15

Electric car produced by Groupe PSA Slovakia in Trnava.

E-car subsidies used up after 4 minutes

668 applicants registered for subsidies for the purchase of electric and plug-in hybrid cars.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Dec 2019, at 13:48

The Economy Ministry has come up with several ideas to support electromobility in Slovakia.

Slovakia’s economy has become more complex

The more complex a country’s economy is, the more it is able to face trade wars and crises affecting individual sectors.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Dec 2019, at 13:19

Groupe PSA Slovakia plant in Trnava.

Slovak automotive sector becomes more vulnerable to cyber-attacks

Even an individual plant worker can cause a cyber threat.Peter Adamovsky, 16. Dec 2019, at 15:59

Nearly 28 percent of attacks are aimed at taking control of the vehicle.

UPDATED: Economy Ministry annuls recent registrations for e-car subsidy

They increased the total amount of support through subsidies by €1 million citing enormous demand. New registrations to open next week.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Dec 2019, at 21:25

Some leave the car to charge and go shopping.

VW Slovakia extends production of e-car models

The Bratislava factory will manufacture the Škoda KaroqJana Liptáková, 11. Dec 2019, at 13:08

Thee models of electric cars produced in the Bratislava plant of Volkswagen.