Turkey to begin mass production of domestic car in 2022

Turkey is in the prototype production stage of its first indigenous car, whose mass production will begin in 2022, the country’s industry and technology minister said on Monday.

Interest in the national car is running high and procedure for pre-orders will be set up soon, Mustafa Varank told state-run Anadolu news agency.

"We’re at the stage of producing 100-150 prototypes. They will be tested, and at the beginning of 2022, the factory will start mass production," the minister said.

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

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, the minister said.  

The industry and technology minister also denied claims that Turkey would give purchase guarantees to attract a Volkswagen factory, calling them baseless, Anadolu said.

The German automotive giant in October put its plans to build a 1.3 billion-euro ($1.4 billion) plant in Turkey on hold against the background of the Turkish military offensive in Syria.