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Since 2007, Slovakia has been the world's largest producer of cars per capita,[1] with a total of 1,040,000[2] cars manufactured in 2016 alone in a country with 5 million people. With production of more than million cars in 2016, Slovakia was 20th in the list of worldwide car production by country and the 7th largest car producer in the European Union. Automotive is the largest industry in Slovakia with a share of 12% on the Slovak GDP in 2013[3] which was 41% of industrial production and 26% of Slovakia's export. 80.000 people were employed in the automotive industry in 2014, which will be even increased when Jaguar Land Rover starts production in Nitra in 2018.[4]



The "Drndička" was the first automobile to be fully constructed in Slovakia and was constructed by the blacksmith Michal Majer in 1913.[5] He copied a car owned by the Bulgarian King who was at that time travelling through Slovakia. After World War I Slovakia became a part of the newly formed Czechoslovakia. In the Czech part, the industry had been influenced mostly by Germans - see for example the dispute about the design of Tatra T97 by Hans Ledwinka vs Volkswagen Beetle design by Ferdinand Porsche, who was also born in Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic). The long tradition of Czech car production started in 1897, when the first Czech car (Präsident) was produced in the factory in Kopřivnice (Nesselsdorfer Wagenbaufabriksgesellschaft later Tatra), followed by the first lorry in 1898. Škoda Auto (and its predecessors) is the world's fifth oldest company producing cars and has an unbroken history. The first Škoda motorcycle made its debut in 1899 and in 1905 the firm started manufacturing automobiles. Already before World War II, the automotive industry was a significant and advanced part of the economy of the former Czechoslovakia. Post-war socialist Czechoslovakia restored auto manufacturing with the original brands and became the second (after Poland) in the Soviet block outside the USSR. The Czechoslovakian producers Skoda (who produced cars and trolleybuses), Tatra and Avia (who produced trucks and trams), Karosa (buses) and Jawa and ČZ (motorcycles) all had their production in present-day Czechia, not in Slovakia. Companies in Slovakia, including Matador Púchov and VSŽ Košice (steel mills), were supplying parts and components to the Czech part of the republic but later (from 1971) some final production of Skoda cars was established also in Slovakia as Bratislava Automotive Works (BAZ) and Trnava Automotive Works (TAZ). Some Tatra car production was also moved to Banovce nad Bebravou. However, following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, the Czech Republic inherited most of its auto production capabilities and since then, has grown fast through foreign investments. Although Volkswagen bought Skoda's production sites in Slovakia already in 1991, it gained full control only in 1999 when Volkswagen Slovakia was established, which was the actual beginning of the fast development of the auto-industry in Slovakia.

Present dayEdit

Slovakia is one of the significant European (7th) and World's (20th) automaker, having an annual output of more than 1 million and large export to more than 100 countries. Auto manufacturers in Slovakia, currently include 3 OEM automobile production plants: Volkswagen's in Bratislava, PSA Peugeot Citroën's in Trnava and Kia Motors' Žilina Plant. There are many other tier suppliers. In 2018, Jaguar Land Rover is set to open the country's fourth automobile assembly plant in Nitra.[6]

Active manufacturers and modelsEdit

Volkswagens in BratislavaEdit

Small car line: Volkswagen's Up family: Volkswagen up!, Škoda Citigo, SEAT Mii

Regular car line: VW luxury SUVs: Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne

PSA Peugeot Citroëns in TrnavaEdit

Peugeot 208 produced by PSA Peugeot Citroëns in Trnava

Peugeot 207 from 2006 [7]

Citroën C3 Picasso from middle of 2008

Peugeot 208 (from November 2011) [8]

Kia Motors' Žilina PlantEdit

Kia Cee'd is produced in Žilina.

Kia Cee'd

Kia Sportage third generation (from 2010)

K-1 EngineeringEdit

K-1 Attack

Defunct manufacturersEdit


  1. ^ "Slovak Car Industry Production Almost Doubled in 2007". 9 April 2008. Archived from the original on 2017-10-10. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Slovakia - Motor vehicle production 2016". Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  3. ^ Rosival, Štefan (27 Jan 2014). "Industry sector which the crises bypassed (Priemysel, ktorý obišla kríza)". Automagazin. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Jaguar Land Rover chooses Slovakia for new plant". Fast FT. Retrieved 2015-08-11.
  5. ^ "Najstaršia automobilka na Slovensku bola v Psiaroch (The oldest Slovak car production facility was in Psiare)". Peter Ižold. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  6. ^ Pitas, Costas (11 August 2015). Merriman, Jane, ed. "Jaguar Land Rover plans new plant in Slovakia". Reuters. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Site de Trnava". PSA. Retrieved 2015-09-26.
  8. ^ "Professional MBA Automotive Industry: Factory visit and workshop at PSA Peugeot Citroën in Trnava". 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-09-29.

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