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Automotive

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

Passat and Superb make up half of the €1 billion Volkswagen is investing in Slovakia

Production of two new models will balloon the labour force by 2,000 from current 12,100 people.Jana Liptáková, 19. Nov 2020, at 19:32

Oliver Grünberg, chairman of the board of Volkswagen Slovakia, bringing details about teh €1 billion investment to Bratislava.

Process innovations allow Slovak innovators to shine

Slovak-made innovations make their way to the world through transnational companies.Jana Liptáková, 19. Nov 2020, at 16:52

The CEIT’s automated guided vehicle in action at the Volkswagen Slovakia plant in Bratislava.

Passat returns to VW plant in Bratislava after 30 years

Moving production of the Volkswagen Passat and Škoda Superb to Bratislava will account for half of the planned €1 billion investment.Jana Liptáková, 16. Nov 2020, at 18:02

The very first VW Passat produced in the Bratislava VW plant in December 1991.
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New car models for Bratislava. Volkswagen will reportedly make a big investment in Slovakia

The investment is higher than the Igor Matovič government has hoped for.Compiled by Spectator staff, 9. Nov 2020, at 11:44

Volkswagen Slovakia has already interrupted production.

Slovak car-plane developers look to cash in on changing views of flying cars

AeroMobil and AirCar among a handful of firms working on special concept.Jana Liptáková, 2. Nov 2020, at 15:02

A fly test of the AirCar prototype.
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How many people were infected in Volkswagen or U.S. Steel? Top companies mostly remain silent

Biggest employers have introduced measures, they do not want to talk about possible layoffs.Martina Raabová21. Oct 2020, at 17:40

The Bratislava plant of Volkswagen maintained strict measures also in the summer.

A new smart battery can be tailored to any electric vehicle

The mass production is expected to start next year.Compiled by Spectator staff, 12. Oct 2020, at 11:16

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Bratislava’s Volkswagen kicks off production of new plug-in hybrid model

It will roll down from production lines on the 10th anniversary of manufacturing the first hybrid vehicle.Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Sep 2020, at 17:47

Volkswagen Touareg R

BUSINESS FOCUS: Pandemic changes plans of American investors in Slovakia

Slovak-US relations, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on US companies in Slovakia and the story of the first factory for electric car batteries in Slovakia are among the highlights of the latest Business Focus.Compiled by Spectator staff, 28. Sep 2020, at 7:56

Amazon’s returns centre in Sereď is an example of a successful US project in Slovakia.

Slovakia is following the trend by producing electric car batteries

InoBat Auto will be the first supplier of tailor-made car batteries.Jana Liptáková, 8. Sep 2020, at 7:10

Project of InoBat Auto and Wildcat Discovery Technologies will move Slovakia forward in one of the fastest growing areas – electromobility.

A new Porsche plant will be built in Slovakia

The investment is good news for the automotive industry during the coronavirus crisis.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Aug 2020, at 11:36

Porsche sign, illustrative stock photo

Coronavirus assistance did not go to the hardest hit sector of business

Support for businesses in the coronavirus-induced crisis unevenly distributed, analysis shows.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Jul 2020, at 15:48

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Autonomous cars: Attainable reality or outlandish dream?

Questions of morality must be answered before we put autonomous vehicles on the road.Martin Spano, 6. Jul 2020, at 10:05

A flying Aero 4.0

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.
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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.