The release date of the domestic automobile developed by Turkey’s Automobile Enterprise Group (TOGG) has become clear. Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said in a statement at the TEKNOFEST Rocket Competition, “Hopefully, if nothing goes wrong, we will see Turkey’s automobile come off the mass production line by the end of 2022.”
Emphasizing that all brands have switched to electric cars, Varank said, “Battery investments are being announced all over Europe. We started this car project just in time. There are brands that have been producing automotive for 100 years. We did not have the chance to compete in the same lane with them, but at the same time as them. Now that we have entered the electric car market, we will be able to say that we are in this race,” he said.
Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank announced the release date of the domestic automobile developed by Turkey’s Automobile Enterprise Group (TOGG).
Varank announced in Aksaray that he came to watch the TEKNOFEST Rocket Competition held in Salt Lake under the direction of Roketsan and TÜBİTAK SAGE, and announced that the domestic car will come off the bands at the end of 2022.
“NO CHANGE IN THE CALENDAR”
Stating that significant progress has been made in the production process of the domestic automobile in the last 3 years, Varank said, “The construction of our factory continues at full speed. We have already announced that our cars will be removed from the band at the end of 2022. At the moment, there is no change in that calendar. I hope there is no setback in Turkey at the end of 2022. We will see the ‘Car’ come off the mass production line,” he said.
Minister Varank pointed out that the issue of electric cars is currently on the agenda of the whole world and said, “The automotive industry is undergoing a very rapid transformation. Global brands have started to declare that they will no longer produce almost any internal combustion engine vehicles. When we look at it, we are aware that we have caught this opportunity at the right time. When the Automobile Project is concluded together with TOGG, we will have taken part in this sector successfully here. We believe in this,” he said.
‘WE STARTED THE PROJECT ON TIME’
Stating that it was a very correct decision to make Turkey’s Car electric, Varank said, “When we announced that Turkey’s Car would be a 100 percent electric vehicle with autonomous features, it would be a natural electric vehicle, we received criticism from the industry. They said, ‘ It’s early for electric vehicles. Hybrid maybe, but starting electric vehicles actually seems like a dream’ “There are brands that have been producing automotive for 100 years already. We did not have the chance to compete with them in the same lane and beat them, but now that we entered the electric car market with them, we will be able to say that we are in this race,” he said.
Minister Varank underlined that the whole of Turkey is mobilized for Turkey’s Automobile, “Of course, the production facilities of Turkey’s Automobile project are in Bursa, Gemlik, but its suppliers are actually all over Turkey and many of its suppliers are currently from different cities. Therefore, when we look at the cities where those suppliers are located, we can say that not only a single city but the whole of Turkey has shouldered the Turkey’s Car Project.”
Referring to the National Space Program, Varank said, “We recently announced our National Space Program and we are actually continuing to work intensively in line with those goals. One of our most important goals was the ‘lunar’ mission and at the end of 2023 we will launch our own unmanned spacecraft. We have a goal of bringing the moon together with the moon by using our own engines,” he said.