Hyundai's Czech production site is planning to produce 300,000 cars this year and keep output at full capacity in the next years. The site built 303,035 vehicles in 2012, its first full year in capacity. According to spokesman Petr Vanek, the site in intended to be kept at full capacity in the future notwithstanding the situation in Europe markets, since the facility also exports vehicles to other countries like Australia and South Africa.
Petr Vanek remarked that while European car market is expected to start its recovery, they are planning to make a recovery via markets outside of Europe, “depending on how demand grows." Nearly all of the vehicles produced at Hyundai's Czech site are exported. The site, which commenced operations in 2008, builds the i30 compact car, ix35 compact SUV and ix20 subcompact minivan.
The country is currently home to three car production sites – for Hyundai, for Skoda and for a joint venture between Toyota and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen. Czech output surged 50 percent year-on-year in August, helping to slow down a decline in the country’s automotive sector, according to the car industry association last month.