The KONGRES Magazine team headed to Bratislava, Slovakia, at the beginning of November to inspect the city’s automotive industry. We must admit, we couldn’t hide the surprise on our faces when we learned that Slovakia has been the world’s largest producer of cars per capita (as an example – 1,040,000 cars were produced in the year of 2016 alone, for a country of a 5 million population.)

Slovakia is attracting more and more car manufacturers due to national initiatives, low working and living costs, and its favourable logistical location.

The country’s powerful car production represents 44% of its entire industry and Slovakia now has the world’s highest car production per capita.

In addition to Kia, Slovakia has also managed to attract Volkswagen, Peugeot and Citroen, and has recently celebrated the start of construction of a new Jaguar and Land Rover factory in Nitra, which won the investment against competition from Poland, Hungary and Mexico. Alongside car manufacturers, Bratislava is also known for its innovation, thanks to the suppliers of optoelectronic, robotic and software sector.

The automotive sector also generates a lot of events and is helping Bratislava become more interesting for car launches.