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Peter Homola

Peter
Homola
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

Based in Austria, Peter covers Eastern European auto makers and markets.

Articles
PSA, Daimler Consider Building New Plants in Europe
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says the automaker is mulling additional capacity in Europe, while PSA Vice President Yann Vincent says PSA could benefit from expanding into emerging markets such as those in Eastern Europe.
Turkish-Built Dodge Neon Lights Up Again in Mexico 1
Tofas, a joint venture between FCA and Turkish conglomerate Koc Holding, launched volume production of the new sedan in September. The car is sold as the Fiat Egea in Turkey, while FCA uses Fiat’s traditional Tipo model name for other markets.
Skoda Plant Gets Ready for Two New Models
Production of the SEAT Ateca already is under way. Skoda is manufacturing SEAT’s first CUV for the Spanish brand. A concept of the second new vehicle, Skoda’s first 7-seater SUV, will be shown in Geneva as the Skoda VisionS.
Germany’s Leipzig Cancels Auto Show
Sudden pullout by a number of automakers this month is forcing organizers to shelve the event.
Daimler Begins Export of Smart Forfour to China
China is expected to soak up as much as 5% of Revoz production.
Lifting of Iran Sanctions Opportunity for Global Automakers 
PSA, Renault-Nissan and Suzuki among vehicle makers expected to follow Daimler back into Iran.
Magna, VW in Talks Over Underutilized Germany Plant
The talks reportedly have included scenarios ranging from Magna obtaining a minority stake in the VW plant, acquisition of individual departments or an outright sale to the contract assembler and automotive supplier.
IKCO Venturing Back Into Syria, Eyes Export Markets
“With the withdrawal of anti-government forces from key regions of Syria, Iran Khodro is now capable of restoring its sites in the war-torn country,” an executive with Iran’s leading vehicle manufacturer says.
VW’s Skoda Unit Cancels Only MPV in Portfolio
The automaker scratches the second-generation Skoda Roomster, successor to the brand’s only multipurpose vehicle that was phased out last spring.
GM Poland Launches Output of U.S.-Bound Buick Cascada
The Polish facility will export a car to the U.S. for the first time since its inauguration in 1998.
Volkswagen’s Skoda Subsidiary Puts New Model on Hold 
It is not clear whether suspension of development of the second-generation Roomster is connected to Volkswagen’s diesel-engine-emissions scandal.
Some Chevrolets to Make Russian Comeback Under Ravon Brand 
The new Ravon brand plans five models for now, including the R3, an updated version of the previous-generation Chevrolet Aveo sedan.
GM May Stop Engine Production in Austria by 2018 
Opel’s Vienna plant manufactured 534,246 engines, 375,333 5-speed transmissions and 347,209 6-speed transmissions in 2014. The automaker expects similar production volumes for this and next year.
Chinese Automakers Retrench as Iran’s Market Reopens
With the lifting of sanctions against Iran in exchange for curtailing its nuclear program, Chinese automakers will face more competition as other foreign companies step up production in the country, increase imports, or both.
JLR’s New Slovak Plant Could Hit Personnel Snag 
JLR is expected to create up to 4,000 direct jobs at its Slovak plant. But its location within 100 miles of Volkswagen, PSA and Kia facilities has raised concerns the luxury automaker may have trouble finding enough qualified workers.
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