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

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.

From tanks to SUVs

Jozef Uhrík was instrumental in building the automotive industry in Slovakia.Jana Liptáková, 2. Dec 2019, at 12:53

Jozef Uhrík was a member of the top management of Volkswagen Slovakia between 1991 and 2005.