Turkey publicizes prototype of first indigenous car
President Erdogan says Turkey witnesses historic day that realizes its 60-year dream
Turkey’s president unveiled Friday the country’s first indigenous automobile prototype -- a move which he said will realize the country’s long-time dream.
Stating that over 100 Turkish engineers worked to realize the project, he said: "We don't buy a license or permission from anyone, we determine all the technical features by ourselves.”
“They managed to hinder the production of Devrim but they will not be able to hinder this automobile," he added.
“Turkey is not only a market for new technologies but has become a country that develops, produces and exports them all over the world," Erdogan said.
The automobile "will not pollute the environment by working with zero-emission technology,” he said.
In June 2018, five Turkish industry giants; Anadolu Group, BMC, Kok Group, Turkcell and Zorlu Holding as well as an umbrella organization, the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey, joined hands to create an indigenous car.
Turkey has mobilized 750 million Turkish liras (over $126 million) to fund innovation and regional development, according to the country’s industry and technology minister.
The electric car will have five models with 175,000 units produced in a year.
Turkey’s Technology and Industry Minister Mustafa Varank, and Gurcan Karakas, the CEO of Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG), a conglomerate of industrial giants, as well as Erdogan's grandchild Ahmet Akif Albayrak accompanied Turkish president during the test-driving.