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Turkey reveals prototype of first domestic car

Turkey unveiled its first domestically developed electric car. With plans to hit the road in 2022, nearly TL 22 billion will be invested in the project.
Turkey unveiled the first prototypes in a grand ceremony in the northwestern town of Gebze in December 2019.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan unveiled prototypes of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) and a sedan, both fully electric and C-segment models. Mass production of the SUV will begin in 2022, while the production of the sedan model is expected to launch after the SUV goes into production.
“Today, we are witnessing a historic day, the fruition of Turkey’s 60-year-long dream,” Erdoğan said in his speech at the unveiling ceremony at the Gebze Information Technologies (IT) Valley.
“Turkey is several steps ahead of others by entering the electric automobile sector. We are not manufacturing cars for our needs alone. We are looking forward to establishing a global brand,” the president noted.
Erdoğan went on to say that Turkey is not only a market for new technologies but has become a country that develops, produces and exports them all over the world.

"We do not need to purchase a license or permission from anyone; we determine all the technical features ourselves," he added, highlighting the role of 100 Turkish engineers that worked on the project.
Erdoğan placed an advance order for the car. The two models unveiled were in red and white, the colors of the Turkish flag.

The fully electric SUV will come in two different engine configurations: 200 horsepower or 400 horsepower, Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG) CEO Gürcan Karakaş announced during the presentation.
The 400 horsepower will do 0 to 100 kph in 4.8 seconds. It will have a range of up to 500 kilometers and its locally produced Lithium-ion battery will reach 80% charge under 30 minutes.
The president also emphasized that the automobile "will not pollute the environment thanks to its zero-emission technology.”
Erdoğan later drove the prototype near the Gebze Information Technologies (IT) Valley.

Hours before the ceremony, some major details of the domestic car project were revealed, with the government announcing comprehensive incentives to support the endeavor.
TOGG comprises five of Turkey's leading industrial groups that have joined forces to build the car. It will establish a factory in the northwestern province of Bursa, often dubbed the capital Turkey's automotive industry, according to a presidential decree published in the country’s Official Gazette Friday.
Erdoğan said some 1 million square meters of a 4-million-square-meter parcel of land in Bursa's Gemlik district which currently belongs to the Turkish Armed Forces will be allocated for the factory. The production plant will be completed in 2021, and the first car will be produced in 2022.

The domestic electric car project will see a fixed investment of TL 22 billion over 13 years and will enable the production of five models and a total output of 175,000 vehicles per year.
The investment will enjoy comprehensive tax cuts, free land allocation, interest rate reductions and a government purchase guarantee of 30,000 vehicles until the end of 2035, according to the decree. Investors are obliged to provide at least TL 3.5 billion in cash capital by the end of 2023.

Five models of the car will be produced by a workforce of around 4,323 people, including 300 qualified personnel.

Turkey is already a big exporter to Europe of cars made domestically by firms such as Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Renault, Toyota and Hyundai. But the cars are made by global autos firms, usually in joint ventures with local partners.