|The Czech unit of South Korean car maker Hyundai and the Slovak plant of its affiliate Kia Motors have swapped production of two models to meet rising demand for Hyundais ix35 SUV, CIA news agency reported. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Czech (HMMC) launched the serial production of ix35 on July 1, as Kias Slovakian plant in Zilina does not have the capacity to meet the higher demand for the model, HMMC spokesman Petr Vanek said. The Zilina plant, on the other hand, will take over production of Kia Venga compact cars, up to now assembled in the Czech Republic. Hyundai, together with its affiliate Kia Motors, is the worlds fifth largest auto group. HMMC produced 200,135 cars at its Nosovice plant in 2010, up by 70% y/y. The company will invest CZK 3.5bn (EUR 147mn) to raise its car capacity to 300,000 from 200,000. Last month, the company received permission from the regional administration to start building a gear box production hall at the plant, which will boost the companys annual capacity to 500,000 gear boxes from 300,000.
Social Democrats (CDDS), the major Czech opposition party, proposed next year's general and European elections to be held on the same day, CTK news agency reported. CSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka ... more
The Czech unit of UK retailer Tesco faces a fine of up to CZK 3mn (EUR 116,000) for selling beef lasagne containing undeclared horsemeat, Radio Prague reported. The state-run Agricultural and Food ... more
The upper house of the Czech parliament, the Senate, voted on March 20 a constitutional amendment to limit the immunity of lawmakers and constitutional judges, Radio Prague reported. Out of the ... more