GM has an engine plant in what some might think an odd location in Eastern Europe, a place best known for paprika and inexpensive labour, but there's more to Opel Hungary than one might first expect—like the fact that it's one of the most productive engine plants in the world. On the way from Budapest to Szentgotthárd (the home of Opel Hungary), the van I was in passed a gigantic suburban shopping centre on the side of the freeway. “Wow, IKEA,” I observed, surprised. For those that don’t know, IKEA is a Scandinavian furniture company that’s popular enough in the States to be satirized on The Simpsons, yet has such a limited number of stores that people drive great distances to shop in them: Detroit doesn’t have an IKEA. The closest one is in Chicago. But here I was in an Eastern European country that’s still identified as “formerly communist” in many travel guides and it has an IKEA.