Turkey to begin mass production of domestic car in 2022

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Saturday that the mass production of the country's first indigenous car will begin in 2022, Hürriyet newspaper reported.

“We plan to complete the construction of the factory in 18 months and take our first vehicle from the production line in the last quarter of 2022,” Erdoğan said at the groundbreaking ceremony in the northwestern Bursa province.

Turkey unveiled the first prototypes of a series of locally-made cars to be assembled with an investment of 22 billion liras ($3.7 billion) in December.

The first car to be produced will be a C-class SUV, according to information the website of the Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG), who has taken on the project. It has been designed by Italy’s Pininfarina.

Turkey will guarantee the purchase of 30,000 units of the landmark vehicle by 2035, according to the country's industry and technology ministry. 

Erdoğan first announced the project in 2011, but it took six years before TOGG was established by a Turkish consortium that includes motor-vehicle maker Anadolu Group, BMC and Turkcell, Turkey’s largest mobile phone operator.