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Intelligence Memorandum

Recent Developments

in the Production of Passenger Automobiles in the European Communist Countries


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CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Directorate of Intelligence


Recent Developments in the Production of Passenger Automobiles in the European Communist Countries


The European Communistecognizing the relative inferiority of their automotive technology, are calling on the developed countries of the West to help expand their production of automobiles. Contracts signed6 will result in deliveries of more0 million worth of machinery and equipmentith firms in Italy, France, and the United Kingdom expected to obtain the lion's share of the business. Deliveries of automotive equipment from the United States probably will not greatly exceed SSO million.

Annual production of passenger cars in the Communist countriess expected toillion total registrations should reachillion,withillion Although the desire to curry consumer favor certainly has been an important factor in the decision to increase the supply of automobiles, the USSR and the smaller European Communist countries probably have been strongly motivated also by an immediate need to

* The USSR, Bulgaria, Ciechos lovakia. East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Rumania, and Yugoslavia.

Note: This memorandum uas produced by CIA. It was prepared by the Office of Economic Research; the estimates and conclusions represent the best judgment of the Directorate of Intelligence as cf

provide greatly increased amounts of passenger car transportation for government and industry. Only in East Germany and Czechoslovakia can the average consumer realistically contemplato the ownershipar, and even in these countries long waiting lists, large downpaymcnts, and inadequate services will remain the rule. East Germany, the Communist country with the highest number of automobiles per capita, expects to have one passenger car for everynhabitantshe level attained by tbe United States

The contract6 between the USSR and Fiat of Italy proved to be the first of several contracts concluded by the European Communist countries with Western European firms for the purchase ofplant and technology. Recent contracts with western firms will enable Rumania to assemble automobiles for the first time and the USSR, Poland, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia to expand greatly their automotive facilities. Much of the new equipment will be used initially to assemble vehicles from imported parts. East Germany and Czechoslovakia, the two most experienced producers of automobiles among the Communist countries, also plan to expand production, butlower rate and essentially from existing resources. Only Hungary has no current plans for the domestic production of automobiles, but it has contracted to increase its imports sharply. (For the production of automobiles in the European Communist countries, and eatimated production, see

The decision to initiate automobile assembly in the smaller Eastern European countries and to expand it in the other countries is economically sound. It will permit savings in jreign exchange, will help to satisfy the growing demand forand probably will result in lower costs per unit. However, if the smaller countries persist in their plans to develop,heir own automotive industries that are based on domestically produced parts rather than on imported parts, much of the economic advantage probably will be lost. The current plans of most of the smaller countries callevel of production that would be too low for economic efficiency. The few plants that already are producing automobiles from

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domestically produced parts are not operating at an efficient level of output, although theCommunist price structure permits them torofit. There may be some increase in efficiency, however, if more agreements are reached on international specialization in the production of automotive parts, such as the agreementrecently among Yugoslavia, Poland, and Fiat. Tha investment required in all the countries for new plants and service facilities will continue toery small part of totallthough pressures will mount durings to put substantially more resources into the automotive sector.



The Lagging Am omotjve Sectors of the European cbmnuni st Coun tries

European Communist countries theis far from the family necessity itin the developed countries of the West.

here was one passenger car foresidents in East Germany, one car foroviet residents, and only one car foresidents in Rumania. By comparison, there was ono passenger carersons in the United States and one foroersons in France, West Germany, the United Kingdom, and Italy. (For comparative data on registration and population, see Moreover, many of the passenger automobiles in the European Communist countries are owned by government units or industrial institutionsfor example, in tbe USSR about one-half of the passenger cars are owned by govornment and industry.

Important problems faced by the motorist in the European Communist countries are poor quality of construction, lack of spare parts, and inadequate service stations and repair facilities.esult, many cars arc out of operation for long periods of time, and many others that are in good running condition are used only sparingly. Potential buyers are discouraged by high prices, large downpayments, and long waiting times for delivery. These problems are endemic even in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, where automobiles were produced in currently operative plants as far back as in thes.

Most citizens in the European Communist countries mustun equivalent to two to four years' wages for an automobile that is purchased directly from the government, and they must often pay more in the black or grey markets that involve-exchanges between individuals. In contrast, the average worker in the United Kingdom, West Germany, Italy, and France couldopularproduced car of higher quality with only

7 toonths' wages The average US workerarger, more powerful automobileost of six months' wages. (For data onearnings and automobile prices, see

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late Western currency can buy Western cars without waiting. izable downpayment is required in all the countries, amounting to the entire purchase price in Rumania.

4. evere shortage of cars at home, Czechoslovakia, the USSR, and East Germanyarge share of the automobiles they produce. zechoslovakia0 passengerercent of6 theercent) and Eastercent). Most of the trade is among the European Communist countries themselves, although Austria and West Germany are important customers for Czechoslovak passenger cara. Imports of Western automobiles are increasing, especially in Hungary,ombination of highhortage of Western exchange, and political considerations keep Western imports very low. (Imports and exports of


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Progress in the Soviet Automotive Program

USSR has taken major steps toupgrade an automobile industry thatnowledgeable observerrchaic and inefficient. Inan agreement was concluded with theof Fiat for the construction in the USSRautomobile plant with an annual capacitycars. The USSR signed an agreementFrench firm of Renault innd technical advice to expand theof the Moskvioh, the moat popularproduced. Present Soviet plans callannual productioncarsore than three (For production ofin the European Communist countries inand plansee to increase automobile productiona sharp turn away from Khrushchev'spublic transportation. The leadership hasthe possibility that Soviet consumers, whobetter supplied with refrigerators,machines, and television sets, willfamily cars. The present plans forare probablyirst step inhowever, and the planned investmentfacilities willeryof total investment for the next few years

at least. In the longer term, it is almost certain that consumers will demand more automobiles and better service and that pressures will build up to devote more resources to this ind try.

Fiat plant, to be constructedand called the Volga Automobilecover an area ofcres,than the area of the Ford River RougeDetroit. The USSR announced in August0 people were working at the site;

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(d)iles of roads and railroad sidings were laid; and (e) morequare feet of housing had been completed. Power lines had been laid to the area byndsince then has begunile branch gas pipeline from Central Asia. Investment in the plant is planned to be moreillion rubles by the endmarked" increase in planned investment is reported for next year. Nevertheless, the usual Soviet constructionare in evidence. There have been delays in the receipt of technical specifications and shortages of cranes, concrete, and personnel. Damage causedecent severe storm added to the delays. The USSR apparently has refused Italian assistance until the final'stages of assembly of the equipment, thereby missing an opportunity to speed up the project. Past experience with Soviet construction projects suggestselay of two to three years in reaching commercial production is not unlikely.

officials estimate that thealready at least six months behind thewhich called for thears The slow progress may

be due primarily to delays in completing Final agreement on the layout of the plant equipment and on the technical specifications for the automobile to be produced was not reached untilo the dissatisfaction of both the USSR and Italy. This delay in turn postponedto determine the final composition of the equipment to be ordered in Italy and third Whether or not thc Volga plant is completely equipped on schedule, it is possible and even likely that Fiat cars will be produced from its assembly lines0 by using parts and assemblies imported from Fiat plants in Italy and Yugoslavia {see. Moreover, Fiat apparently is still negotiating to export to the USSR up0 automobiles annually, presumably until the Volga plant reaches planned capacity.

first contract for equipment forplant was awarded in7 toCompany of Milan, which willetalforming presses valued



million and produced under US license. The USSR will almost certainly want to purchase gear-cutting machines from the Gleason Works of Rochester, New York, and crankshaft grinders from the Landis Tool Company of Waynesboro, Pennsylvaniaeven though credit from the Export-Import Bank is not available. Moreover, other specialized production equipment is likely to be purchased in the United States if private financing can be arranged. The total value of equipment to be ordered in Italy and third countries for the Fiat plant is expected to4oercent of which probably will be ordered from firms in the United States.

9. There have been conflicting reportsSoviet plans for production of the Moakvieh, but it now appears that the USSR intends to increase the annual production from070 and to as manyhortly thereafter. The horsepower rating of the Moakvieh will be increased fromo betweenndorsepower by The USSR signed two separate contracts with the Gleason Works in January and, each valued atillion and each for the supply ofleason bevel gear-cutting machines for the Moakvioh program. The first order was for the existing Moakvieh plant in Moscow, andprobably have already begun. The second order is for additional facilities now undernear the existing plant, and shipment tentatively is scheduled for, pending the issuance of export licenses by the USof Commerce. The two orders are adequate for the annual production of gears forutomobiles plus spare parts.* Renault willFrench machinery, materials, and engineering

* One reoent Soviet reportotal anticipated annual production ofoskviohes from the facilities in Moscow, pnd other Soviet reporte have indicated an annual production of Moskviohee not in excessnite. These reporte probably do not include the aeeembly of Moskviohesew plant in Izhevsk, which assembled ite first'e in6 and is soon to begin assembly of therobablylightly modified and more model.


.know-how for the renovation and expansion of the existing Moakvioh plant and probably will assist in the construction of the new facilities. Another contract callsive-year, extendablefor scientific and technical cooperation in automobile research between the OSSR and tha two French firms, Renault and Peugeot. The USSR also hasillion worth of machine tools from British firms and is negotiating for the purchase of additional machine tools valuedillion. Most of these tools, as well as dies and other equipment recently ordered in Western Europe, probably will be used in the Moekviah facilities.

10. The Soviet consumer will not be limited to choosing between the Moakvioh and the Fiat. The Gor'kiy Motor Vehicle Plant (GAZ) will continue to produce the five-passenger Volga,ar like it. Annual production of the Volga has reached the neighborhood0 cars, many of which are allocated to the Soviet taxi fleet. The newest model in this line is the roomier and more powerfulhich is scheduled for introduction It will be the largest car available to the general public. The production of the Zaporozhete, smallest and least popular Soviet car, is planned to increase00. Moreover, it isto be restyled, to be improved in quality, and to have its power increased fromoorsepower. The USSR has also announcedew model, the ZIHA, will be produced by the Izhevsk Motor Vehicle Assembly Plant in addition to the Moekviah. The Soviet motor vehicle industry produces two cars that are not available to the general publicthe (soon to be replaced by thend the Chaika, both eight-passenger limousines. IL limousines are produced each year by the Likhachev plant ir. Moscow. The ZIL, the most luxurious Soviet car, embodies much handwork and is allocated for officialto officials of the highest rank. The Chaika, of which GAZer year, is also allocated for high-level official transportation.

The Soviet Automotive Outlook

11. Although the USSR probably will not achieve its goal for the production

passenger carst maynnually by thenillion The stock of automobiles in the USSRS couldillion (about one car for everyesidents) compared withillionn outputillion passengor carsS is based on the assumption that production will be near-rated capacity at the new fiat plant, that there will be substantial increases in production at the Moskvich and Zaporozhye facilities,production at the new Izhevsk facilities,mall increase at the Gor'kiy plant. Work is under way at all these sites, and, even with the usual delays in Soviet construction and in the start-up of operations, the new plants should be producing at near the designed rate by thes. Soviet press coverage of the Fiat contract and other automotive developments has beenhowever, suggesting that the regime wants to hold down consumer expectations. Automobiles will continue to be scarce in the near future and available only to the relatively prosperous or politically favored. There appears to be inadequate planning for servico facilities, and it is unlikely that their growth will keep pace with passenger car production or with the needsrowing tourist trade. At the same tine, the market forin the Communist countries is so great that there is little prospect the USSR will attempt to export large numbers of cars to the Free World.

Recent Developments in Eastern Europe

12. Several Eastern European countries have followed the lead of the USSR in contracting for Western assistance in the manufacture of Only East Germany and Czechoslovakia, where highly developed automotive sectors exist, have not signed important contracts with the West since (Czechoslovakia had purchased equipment for the manufacture of passenger cars from Western European firms) Hungary has no current plans for domestic production in the near future, but it has contracted to increase its iniports of passenger cars sharply. The Eastern European countries also are expanding theirservices sectors, often with Western help, for the benefit of both the growing number of


domestic motorists and the rapidly increasingforeign tourists. (For photographs andof models of automobilesin the European Communist countriesmodels to be produced in thend 3. For planned productiony model, see Table


production of automobiles0 is planned to be aboutprimarily Western models, andplanned to. 6 the(Red Flag) plant in Kragujevac reached

an agreement with Poland and Fiat under which Yugoslavia and Poland will cooperate in theof00 automobiles. ugoslavia will be0 cars under this agreement. In the first stages of the agreement, Crvena Zastava will supply Poland with parts, and Poland will supply Crvena Zastava with semifinished material. The value of material deliveries is expected to0 million Zastavaethe Yugoslav name of Fiat models produced4 Italian licensesaccount for most of the current production of automobiles in Yugoslavia.

ugoslav automobilecompleted negotiations with thefirm of Simcaimcato be built in Split, but this agreement

is still awaiting approval by the Yugoslav The plant will have an initial annual capacity0 automobiles. Belgrade radio has reportod that Yugoslav Inter-export and"have agreed on the principles of anfor the constructionolkswagen assembly plant in Yugoslavia. This plant is supposed to have an initial annual capacity0 vehicles (of which0 will be passengernd most of the output will be exported.

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other parts, finished vehicles, and other products. Prospects for success are favorable becausehas extensive experience in the manufacture of Fiat vehicles. Yugoslavia is also negotiating for technical cooperation with the Skoda plant in Mlada Boleslav, Czechoslovakia, and has started discussions with Bulgaria on cooperation in tha automotive field. ugoslavia, the United Arab Republic, and India agreedorm of automotive cooperation that calls for Yugoslavia to specialize in the production ofnd Fiat 8S0 automobiles, the UAR in trucks and buses, and India in motors fora. (The logical interpretation of this agreement is that Yugoslavia and the UAR will import Indian engines for their0 production, the UAR and India will import Fiat 6S0 andars from Yugoslavia, and Yugoslavia and India will import trucks and buses from the UAR. Implicit in this interpretation is the assembly in India of Fiat UOO'e.) Finally, Yugoslavia will assist Indonesia inlant for the production of both cars and trucks.


16. Two weeks after the conclusion of the contract between the USSR and Fiat int was announced that Fiat also would help in the expansion of the Polish auto industry. Automobiles were assembled in Poland under Fiat license before World War II, but the changed political situation after the warecond Polish-Piatand the USSR helped Poland to restartproduction. 6 contract, valuedillion, calls for Fiat to supply licenses, equipment, and technical adviserslant capable of producing00 and0 passenger cars. The equipment is to be installed at Zeran near Warsaw where all of Poland's current automobile production is being carried out. At first Fiato will be assembled from Italian and Yugoslav partsrilateral agreement (see, but Poland hopes eventually to use domesticallyparts. US firms have been asked to bid for some machine tools.

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apparently will continuethe Wareaava, currently its more powerful

orsepower) and more expensive car, butof the Syrenaa smaller car which has been plagued by poor qualityeventually is to be curtailed. The Syrena and Varszaua weroin almost equal quantitiesarszavae (more than half the output of Warszauas) were scheduled for export. Poland apparently plans to produce0 Fiata0 Waraaauas


the fallumania signedwith Renault valued atillionlant0sis now under construction at Pitesti,of automobiles is planned to beginwith operation at or near capacity byRumania has not manufacturedalthough Soviet-type jeepsnd it has theof passenger cars per capita of anycountry. The plant initially willfrom imported parts, but there are plansgradually to domestically Rumania will make partial paymentplant by supplying Rumanian-builtto Franco. Rumania has orderedfor the new plantS firm.


ontract withor the assemblylant inpassenger cars to be sold under theof Pirin. Assembly of Fiat lS4'a and

Fiata is to begin by the end The Lovech plant began to assemble the Sovietknown as the Rila) Bulgaria hopes to produce components for the Rila, but for the first few years at least, the parts will be supplied from the USSR as specified5 agreement. About0 Ritas0 Pirins are planned fornd the annual capacity of the plant at Lovech will be raised gradually0 passenger cars. Alsoulgaria

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was negotiating with Willys subsidiaries in Brazil and Argentina to import "completely knocked-down" jeeps and the equipment for their assembly. Moreover, negotiations were under way7lant to assemble delivery vans and, perhapsater date, automobiles.

the fallulgariacontract estimatedillion withthe constructionlant in Plovdivassembling0 units of a8 sedan (Bulgar Renault). Only aof the component parts are to be ofinitially, but Bulgaria hopes toall of the parts are to be assembled by the end ofplant will be expanded0 tocarsnd toars per year

in the more distant future.


is the only Europeanwith no apparent plans to establishof passenger cars. In latecontracted with Fiat and Renault0 automobiles

inillion contract was concluded with Volkswagen for the import of an unspecified quantity of passenger cars and spare partsive-year period. Under an agreement with the USSR, Hungary willuaranteed supply of Soviet passengerr more annually. Hungary, in turn, will specialize in the production of buses and heavy trucks and will deliver more than half of its vehicle output to the USSR. Hungary also will continue to receive substantial numbers of East German, Czechoslovak, and Yugoslav automobiles.

East Germany

Germany, the largest manufacturerin Eastern Europe,ear in which it also hadregistration of automobiles (someand the most automobiles per



opulation). Despite its large supply of automobiles relative to that of its Communist allies. East Germany has the longest waiting period for the purchase of automobiles, probably because cars are relatively cheaper in relation to income in East Germany than in the other Communist countries. The most common cars on the roads in East Germany are the domestically produced Trabanta and Uartburgs. Aboutercent of the cars produced5 were Trabantaj tho remainder wera Uartburge. Thehichhorsepower engine, was first producedrimarily for export.

ast Germanydomestic production and imports. is planned to increase to at leastannuallyoal well withinpotential, andoare to be imported from CzechoslovakiaUSSR in the. The onlytooling contract with the Westyears was for Renault assemblyunknown capacity, that was installed atplant in Eisenach


socond to EastEastern European countries inand inventory,ndotal ragistration of Czechoslovakia plans to producecars annually and0 and to produce upcars andillion to 2on tho road The governmentnew concern for Czechoslovak consumersalmost two-thirds of its production

of Skoda automobiles to domestic consumptionompared with one-thirdmaller output The USSR is to supply Czechoslovakia0 passenger carss part of an extensive bilateral trade agreement. Czechoslovakia imports cars from the Communist countries to help satisfy local demand but exports thousands of cars to the West in order to earn


foreign exchange. The Skoda plant in Mlada Boleslav, the country's most important automobile plant, is planning to build an automobile assembly factoryepair facility in West Germany. This plant purchased most of its existingfrom Western European firms

most common car in0 MBhorsepower engine,at Mlada Boleslav Skodahave been produced since the early part

of the century. The Mlada Boleslav plantapacityehicles per day, but wasan average of onlyaily7 because of technical difficulties and shortages of supplies. There have been pronounced shortages of steel, tires, glass, paints, and adhesives in Czechoslovakia, but officials hope to break this bottleneck by increased imports of thesefrom the West. Theuxurious sedan, is also produced in Czechoslovakia in small numbers.

Prospects in Eastern Europe

planned expansion of automobilein the Eastern European countriescompared with past performance, butstill leave these countries far behindWest in automotive affluence. ByGermany expects to have one passenger careveryesidents, and evel of one carttained by France and Great Britains and by the United Statesontinued rapid growth in the stock

of automobiles in Eastern Europeo automotive challenge to the West is in prospect.

new programs for automotivein the Eastern European countries shouldwith their baiic economic goals. holding contracts with western firmsin automotive production havethat will stretch out theirpayments over several years. Theof automobile production in EastCzechoslovakia will involveeryof total industrial investment. Moreover,


the funds needed for expansion of the street and highway system and the automotive service sectors are necessary for and will be repaid in part by the expansion of tourism. In the long run,the widespread acquisition of passenger cars will lead to increasing demands for more investment in the automotive sectors and may require some diversion of resources from other industries.

assembly of automobiles by theCommunist countries offers both ana politically appealing means of fillingdemand for private cars. There areforeign exchange from domestic productionto imports of Western models, and thean imported unit probably is higher thanlocally. Much of the initialof automobile assembly in at leastcountries, however, may be lost ifin plans to convert fromproduced parts. East Germanythat economically efficient production

of automobiles requires an annual output of atnits of the most important and largest components. apacitynits annually is about the minimum output required for economically efficient operation in the United States.) None of the smaller countries anticipates an annual productionper year in the near future. Even current production in the European Communist countries that use imported parts is not highly efficient, although high pricesarge profit to be realized. Most of the European Communist countries canother exportable items with greater relative efficiency than they can produce complete Czechoslovakia, for example, has admitted that automobilesbelow-average export effectiveness"probably with respect to sales to the Free Worldcompared with other products of its machinery industry. Some of the high costs may be reduced, however, if more agreements on automotive specialization are concluded, such as the agreement among Yugoslavia, Poland, and Fiat.

The Supporting Sectors Highways

about one-fourth of the Sovietofiles was surfaced and

less than one-tenth was paved The network of surfaced roads in the USSR has been increasingery slow rate in recent years, and the new five-year plan does notharp increase, although some important intercity routes will be completed or improved. The highway network in the Eastern European Communist countries consists ofiles of roads, excluding urban streets. Aboutercent is paved with concrete, asphalt, or cobblestone; anotherercent is surfaced with crushed stone or gravelj and the remainder has an earth surface. omparison of the length of the highway network, by type of surface, in the individual European Communist countries and the United States, see Tableost of the network in Eastern Europe consists of only two lanes, andew routes are designed for limited access. The condition of the roads varies from country to country, with those in East Germany and in the former German territory of western Poland generally in better condition than those in eastern Poland, Czechoslovakia, and the Balkan countries. With the exception of Yugoslavia, very little new highway construction has taken place ln Eastern Europe in recent years, probably reflecting, as in the USSR, the relatively small number of motor vehicles in these countries. All of the countries, however, have announced plans for rather ambitious improvement projects, and travelers report much current improvement work. Additional improvements and expansion probably will be necessary to accommodate the large increase in traffic anticipated by thes.


30. As previously noted, inadequate numbers of service stations and garages and shortages of service personnel and repair parts areof all the European Communist countries. For example,3 the USSR had onlyasoline stations, and5 Hungary had onlytations and Bulgaria no moreThe United Statea has more The service problems in Poland are probablyof those in the other, less advancedcountries. 5 an average ofays was needed in Poland for repair and overhaul of


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automobiles becauseack of parts and facilities, and the motorist was sometimesto supply his own spare parts. arsaw newspaper, noting the problem of repairs, suggested that people return to travel by horse. Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Poland recently have contracted with Western firms for assistance in the expansion of automotive services, and Rumania, Bulgaria, and Hungary are presently engaged in extensive construction of repair and service stations.


31. Plans for the expansion of crude oil refining capacity in the USSR and in Eastern Europe appear to be adequate, if implemented, to supply the gasoline requirements of theinventory estimatedlthough


Poland and Hungary may continue to require imports from the USSR or Rumania. Octane ratings probably will remain well below US standardsut new secondary refining installations will permit the manufacture of gasoline adequate for the lower compression ratios of automobiles used in theCommunist countries.


32. At present the European Communist countries, with the apparent exception of Czechoslovakia, East Germany, and Rumania, do not produce sufficient quantities of passenger car tires to meet their needs. In the USSR, shortages of tires wereduring the entire seven-year plan as well as In apparent response to the anticipated rise in production of cars for domestic use, efforts are under way in thecountries to increase both the output and quality of passenger car tires. These objectives, in turn, have spurred the purchase of tire plants from the Uest. In the case of Poland and Bulgaria, the addition of facilities supplied by thc West probably will permit output to match requirements Purchases of tire production facilities by Czechoslovakiahould more than cover increased domestic needs and provide for enlarged exports of passenger car tires Inumania contractedestern European consortium for equipment to expand its two tire plants, which may enable the country to meet its needs for passenger car tires he USSR was near to an agreement with an Italian firm for the purchaseire plant that could substantially reduce thc Soviet dependence on imports of tires. It seems unlikely, however, that Hungary will be able to meet its demands for passenger car tires0 without imports. The extent to which domestic tire output will meet future needs in Yugoslavia and East Germany is uncertain.


33. Production of ferrous metals in theCommunist countries by thes expected to be adequate to meet the requirements



of the planned expansion in production of Plans of the Soviet automotive sector to increase production will not significantly increase its claim on total output of ferrous metals. Much of the increased auto production in Eastern European countries0 will come from the assembly of imported parts and will not be hampered by the current lack of wide, continuous, hot and cold strip mills needed for auto body stock. By thes, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, and Rumania plan to have wide, continuous, hot and cold strip mills in operation and probably will be able to produce the flat rolled steel necessary for the production of small automobiles. Needs for ferrous metal which cannot bu satisfied internally or by imports from other Communist countries probably can be satisfied through imports from the West. Most ot East Germany's metallurgical needs for its present automobile production are satisfied by imports from the USSR. Czechoslovakia probably meets its needs through imports from Poland and the


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