Turkey’s first homegrown automobile production plant will be completed in 2021 and the first car will be produced in 2022
The prototype of Turkey’s first indigenous car was unveiled on Friday. Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG), a conglomerate of industrial giants, will invest 22 billion Turkish liras ($3.7 billion) in the next 15 years, its chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu at the launch of the car’s first prototype.
“Each stakeholder of TOGG promised to give €500 million ($557.64 million) capital. They will not take profit from the company during the first 15 years,” he said, at a ceremony in the industrial province of Kocaeli.
Design of the TOGG electric car
It was designed by Turkey’s Automobile Joint Venture Group (TOGG) in a brief span of 18 months. With one of the longest wheelbases in its type, it will maximize spaciousness and comfort.
The car provide holographic assistant technology with three dimensional display and augmented reality technologies. This technology will be used in Turkey’s automobile for the first time as of 2022. it will be connected to the internet and its system will run online updates.
TOGG will produce five different models – SUV, sedan, c-hatchback, b-SUV and b-MPV – until 2030 and own their intellectual and industrial property rights. The car conforms to standards of the European New Car Assessment Programme’s five-star rating system.
Specifications of TOGG Car
The electric car will have two different horsepower options – 200 hp and 400 hp. The car will be able to do a 0-100 km/hour sprint in 7.6 seconds and 4.8 seconds, respectively, based on its engine type.
Its two models will have the 300 and 500 km range capacity and level 3 automation. Its Lithium ion battery, which was developed by TOGG completely, can be charged up to 80% in less than 30 minutes.
The foundation of the factory will be laid in 2020 in the industrial province of Bursa. The factory’s cost is expected to reach 22 billion Turkish liras ($3.7 billion). It will have the capacity to produce 175,000 vehicles annually. It will employ 4,323 staff, including 300 qualified personnel. the infrastructure to charge the car will be completed by 2022.
In June 2018, five industrial giants: the 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 TOGG.