ANKARA – Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, Chairman and members of the Parliamentary Industry, Trade, Energy, Natural Resources, Information and Technology Commission visited Turkey’s Automobile Enterprise Group (TOGG). TOGG CEO Gürcan Karakaş made a presentation about the work to Minister Varank and deputies.
Among those who examined and tested the C segment SUV model of the domestic car TOGG, there was also CHP Kocaeli Deputy Tahsin Tarhan, who had previously warned that “Building cars is not like building bridges”.
Commenting on the model he got behind the wheel after the program held yesterday, Tarhan said, “The design of the car is in the same way as today’s developed vehicles. Its technology and design have been developed by analogy with Elon Musk’s Tesla vehicles. We do not yet know how the parts and components will be made. It’s a model after all,” he said.
‘THE DOMESTIC CAR AGAINST THEM AS I WAS ACCEPTED’
Tarhan stated that the vehicle he tested was a concept vehicle and that the construction of the factory was not finished yet. Stating that the construction of the factory and the production line will not be completed until 2022, Tarhan said:
“They say orders for spare parts are signed. Especially since I have been opposing the operation of the domestic automobile for years, I explained that the contracts were especially wrong and that this business should be done with the initiative of the private sector. They accused me as if I was against the domestic car.”
‘PUBLIC ENTERPRISE NEEDS TO KNOW WHERE IT WILL BE IN THIS PROCESS’
Expressing that TOGG has hesitations that the capital to be put into the factory will be bank loans and interests, Tarhan continued his words as follows:
“We cannot learn from where and how they gave the loans. At this point, continuity and branding are very important. It is said that 125 thousand vehicles will be produced. From which market they will get a share, calculations need to be made. It is necessary to know where the public initiative will be in this process.”