Kocaeli is leading Turkey’s automotive production

Last year, 523 thousand 178 vehicles were unloaded from the production line in Kocaeli, which is home to major main industry companies in the automotive sector. While 523 thousand 178 vehicles were produced in the factories in the city last year, 424 thousand 635, which corresponds to 81% of this, were sold abroad. 44 out of every 100 vehicles exported by Turkey left the factories in Kocaeli.

In Kocaeli, which hosts the tire industry, cord fabric, steelord, plastic, rubber and paint industries as well as manufacturers such as Ford Otosan, Hyundai Assan and Anadolu Isuzu, there was an increase in the production and export performance of the automotive sector last year.

According to the information compiled from the Automotive Industry Association (OSD) data, the number of vehicles produced in the factories in Kocaeli last year increased by 8% compared to 2020 and reached 523 thousand 178.

Of the vehicles that got off the band, 187 thousand 154 were automobiles, 2 thousand 637 trucks, 285 thousand 877 pickup trucks, 388 buses, 46 thousand 520 minibuses and 602 midibuses.

While Kocaeli alone met 39% of Turkey’s total vehicle production, including tractors, in the said period, the average daily production in the city was at the level of 1433 units.

The destination of 424,635, which corresponds to 81% of the vehicles produced in the factories of Ford Otosan, Hyundai Assan, Honda Turkey and Anadolu Isuzu, was abroad.

The share of vehicles produced in Kocaeli and sent abroad, in Turkey’s general exports, amounting to 954 thousand 43, was 44%. Thus, 44 out of every 100 vehicles exported by Turkey came out of the factories in Kocaeli.


Ford Otosan has become Turkey’s leading automotive company with its total production and export figures at its Kocaeli and Eskisehir factories.

The company realized 335 thousand 284 of its total production of 348 thousand 29 units and 282 thousand 500 of its total exports of 287 thousand 609 units in its Golcuk and Yenikoy factories in Kocaeli.

Manufacturing “Custom”, “Transit” and “Courier” models in Kocaeli, Ford Otosan’s total production performance in these models increased by 5% and exports by 12% compared to 2020 last year.


Hyundai Assan, which produces i10, i20 and Bayon models in its factory located in Izmit, took 162 thousand 95 vehicles off the production line last year, and sent 138 thousand 730 of them abroad, which corresponds to approximately 86%.

Honda Turkey exported 2 thousand 305 of the 21 thousand 733 vehicles it produced until the end of September when it closed its factory.

Anadolu Isuzu also sold 1100 of the 4 thousand 66 vehicles it took off the line to abroad. The company’s production performance increased by 40% compared to 2020, and its exports increased by 116%.

Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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