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Insight: Carmakers' fortunes seen through East Europe prism

A worker checks the interior of a Kia car in its factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek

A worker checks the interior of a Kia car in its factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek

A worker checks the interior of a Kia car in its factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek
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Workers check the chassis of a Kia car in its Slovakian factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek

Workers check the chassis of a Kia car in its Slovakian factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek

Workers check the chassis of a Kia car in its Slovakian factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek
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A worker walks through a parking lot of Kia cars ready for shipping, in its factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek

A worker walks through a parking lot of Kia cars ready for shipping, in its factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek

A worker walks through a parking lot of Kia cars ready for shipping, in its factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek
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A view shows the logo of a Kia car in its factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek

A view shows the logo of a Kia car in its factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek

A view shows the logo of a Kia car in its factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. REUTERS/Petr Josek
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A worker selects parts to assemble a Kia car in its Slovakian factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. Carmakers that cut costs last decade in Western Europe like Volkswagen, or those who were never saddled with expensive factories there, such as Korea's Hyundai and Kia, are now investing in new designs, conquering new markets and ramping up production. REUTERS/Petr Josek

A worker selects parts to assemble a Kia car in its Slovakian factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. Carmakers that cut costs last decade in Western Europe like Volkswagen, or those who were never saddled with...more

A worker selects parts to assemble a Kia car in its Slovakian factory in Zilina, 200 kilometres north of Bratislava October 3, 2012. Carmakers that cut costs last decade in Western Europe like Volkswagen, or those who were never saddled with expensive factories there, such as Korea's Hyundai and Kia, are now investing in new designs, conquering new markets and ramping up production. REUTERS/Petr Josek
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