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Production volume was down -0.2% which is basically zero. It all is about Russia and the poor market conditions there. The chart below shows ranking for the last five years, 2015 production, the percentage of the total, and increase or decrease. Across the small divide and we have 2014 production and percentage share. Now for a breakdown of nations:
Czech Republic: Škoda and Hyundai are the main manufacturers of cars along with a Toyota/PSA plant. Amazingly it is the largest car manufacturer in this area.
Russia: The big news out east is the fall and fall of Russia. It made a third of cars in this region in both 2012 and 2013, but now just 20.4%. When things improve, it will be back as the largest car maker.
Slovakia: This country makes more cars per citizen than any other country in the world. VW Group, Kia and PSA are the producers here.
Turkey: Renault, Hyundai and Toyota are the three largest brands to make cars here and an 8% increase was useful.
Poland: For years this country was a major car maker but fell from 3rd to 5th on 2012. Fiat was the mainstay of the industry but its fall knocked the numbers down. A revival in 2015 was welcome no doubt.
Hungary: Suzuki, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are the manufacturers here and volume over doubled in 2015.
Romania: Dacia and Ford are the two car makers here and things were flat in 2015. The good news is that Ford is going to utilise its plant better with the EcoSport model coming. The bad news it won't be until the end of 2017.
The Rest: Slovenia has Renault and Serbia Fiat but that is all. The Ukraine is in a bit of a mess as we know and suddenly Belarus turns up in 2013, possibly making Geely cars.
Double Counts: At the bottom of the chart, you will notice double counts. This happens when a car has sizable contributions from two sources and it comes down to which nation should count it as their manufactured vehicle. Sometimes both nations are considered the producer and it becomes a double count.
The CIS nations had 131,550 cars made there and counted elsewhere in the world too. The other nations (called Eastern Europe) had 123,600 of them. In total they accounted for 4.3% of the region's total
|CIS x2 cnt||131,550||2.2%||-33%||196,442||3.3%|
|E Eur x2 cnt||123,600||2.1%||3%||120,000||2.0%|