LONDON - Car production in central and eastern Europe is predicted to double by 2001 to around 3.7 million units, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Three groups - Skoda, Fiat and Daewoo - each plan to have a capacity of half a million units a year by 2001. With GM they will account for around half the region's car production.
AutoVAZ will remain the largest single manufacturer, but its cars will be restricted to the Russian market.
Output in the region will rise faster than sales, which are expected to grow by around 40 percent to 2001.