Slovakia has recovered from the worldwide slump and is posting healthy sales again, says Agence France Presse.

"The Slovak car industry has started breathing again after facing problems for the past two years," Automotive Industry Association (ZAP) head Jozef Uhrik is quoted by AFP as saying.

ZAP expects Slovakia to produce at least 630,000 cars this year after manufacturing almost 572,000 units in 2010.

Slovakia's auto industry, including car plants run by Germany's Volkswagen, France's PSA Peugeot Citroen and Kia as well as hundreds of suppliers, nosedived in 2009 when only 463,000 cars were made.

The Association also expects the number of people working in the car industry to grow from last year's near 70,000 in a country of 5.4m.

"The conservative forecast is 75,000 people working both at car plants and suppliers," Uhrik added.

AFP adds Volkswagen expects to launch a line producing small family cars later this year, while PSA Peugeot Citroen and Kia Motors will bring out new cars in 2012.

"At the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013, Slovakia's overall car production may reach between 800,000 and 900,000 units," Uhrik said.