Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG) is acting fast to produce country’s first domestically made car, that will be an electric SUV. However according to the head of TOGG, Gürcan Karakaş, work on a C-segment sedan has already started. TOGG plans to release 5 different models by 2030 including the aforementioned SUV and the sedan.
In June 2018, Turkey’s 5 industrial giants– Anadolu Group, BMC, Kök Group, Turkcell and Zorlu Holding – joined hands with the umbrella organization, the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), to create TOGG to realize Turkey’s long-term aim of producing a fully Turkish-made automobile. The prototypes were unveiled in December 2019.
Industry and Technology Minister of Turkey, Mustafa Varank said last month that the first TOGG SUV, will be released in the first quarter of 2023, however the mass production is expected to kick off by mid 2022.
Meanwhile, in addition to former factory director of Honda Turkey named Murat Akdaş, who was named production manager at the TOGG, and his team of 63 employees that joined TOGG, other qualified personnel who left Honda will also be recruited to produce the homegrown car. Bear in mind, Honda as part of its global restructuring program has closed its production facility in Turkey, which was considered Honda’s key production plant in the region.
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