Turkish Government Pushes for a Homegrown Electric Car
November 6, 2017 Stephen Edelstein
An Electric automobile of Turkey
The first prototype will be unveiled in 2019, and production will start in
Turkey is home to many car factories, but it does not have any indigenous
automotive brands. Rather than continue manufacturing cars solely for
foreign brands, Turkey's government believes the time has come to develop a
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing for the development of an
all-electric car under a project with the grandiose name "Automobile of
Turkey." The goal is to have a prototype ready by 2019, with full-scale
production in 2021, according to The Times.
No details on the Turkish electric car are available, but the Turkish
government did strike a deal in 2015 [
] with National Electric Vehicle Sweden to use the old Saab 9-3 platform as
the basis for a locally-manufactured car. NEVS owns the rights to the 9-3
and other Saab designs and has been trying to get the car back into
production with an electric powertrain [
] for several years, primarily for sales in China.
The 9-3 is in turn based on the General Motors Epsilon architecture, which
dates back to 2003. A Swedish car based on an American platform licensed by
Turkey would certainly win the prize for most unusual international mashup,
but such an old design probably wouldn't be the best foundation for a new
electric car. It would also mean the first Turkish-branded car wouldn't be
Designing and building a new car is never easy, but government support could
give the Turkish effort a serious boost. The project will also be able to
draw on local manufacturing expertise. But it's unclear how a new,
Turkish-branded car will be received, even in its home country. Consumers
may be more inclined to go with more familiar brands, so the "Automobile of
Turkey" will have to offer something special to get their attention.
[© 2017 Time]
100% Turkish Built Prototype Electric Vehicle To Debut In 2019
November 6, 2017 Cinhangir Perperik
Turkey gets behind 100% locally built EV to debut in 2019
First prototype will be revealed in 2019 and it is going to be fully
The Turkish car market, one of the biggest in Europe, is soon going to be
joined by a 100-percent Turkish car brand. Annual new car sales there are
around one million a year, and brands like Renault, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota,
Fiat all have factories in the transcontinental country.
Recently, five key local automotive and technology companies grouped in a
historical new project under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s initiative.
This initiative is called the “Automobile of Turkey.”
The fist prototype of the newly formed brand is planned to be launched in
2019 with production version expected to hit the showrooms around 2021. Main
focus will be producing a fully electric car with the ultimate target being
quite aggressive – establishing a well-known and trusted brand such as
At first look, building a new car brand is a very challenging task, but with
the strong support of the government and President Erdogan, this already
financially strong group of companies has a good chance of achieving what it
aims for. If Turkey can implement this project successfully, given the
country’s very convenient location (distribution-wise), the new brand might
even make other marques from the industry feel a bit uncomfortable.
When it comes to supplying automotive parts, Turkey is a major player in the
industry on the Old continent, being one of the biggest exporters of auto
parts to Europe and Middle East. Turkey wants to build upon this expertise
in production of auto parts and to establish a successful new car brand. It
is expected to become one of the country’s top priority projects.
Apparently, there is a big hype going on for this project in Turkey after
the official announcement and local car enthusiasts and consumers can’t wait
to drive their first-ever 100-percent locally manufactured electric car.
[© 2017 MOTORSPORT NETWORK]
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