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Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

January 2018

Automotive Yields Foreign

Trade Surplus

Automechanika Riyadh 2018

Expands Its Presence Further

Automotive Industry

Achieves Exports Worth

$28,5 Billion

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Automotive Industry Achieves

Exports Worth $28,5 Billion

Turkish automotive industry achieved exports worth $28,5 billion in

the year 2017, according to the data from Uludag Automotive Industry

Exporters Association (OIB)

The Turkish automotive

industry closed the year

2017 with the exports worth $28,5

billion, according to the data

from Uludag Automotive Industry

Exporters Association (OIB). In Dec.

2017, the sector exports were

$2,491 billion with 6 percent rise

over the same month last year.

In December 2017, while exports

of passenger cars dropped, the

supplier industry, special purpose

vehicles, bus-minibus-midibus

exports enjoyed double digit

increase in the sector exports.

Maintaining leadership in the

Turkish exports for 12th consecutive

year, the automotive industry

accomplished the year 2017 with

$28,5 billion of the exports. The

exports share of the industry in

overall Turkish exports accounted

for 18.4 percent in 2017. Thus,

except August, the sector closed

every month with over $2 billion of

exports last year. The sector made

exports worth $2,4 billion in every

month on average in 2017.

The exports increase to the EU

countries also continued in

December, as for increase to

the USA drew attention with 70


Automotive supplier industry up

16 percent

Based on goods groups,

automotive supplier industry

boosted its exports 16 percent to

$843 million; the passenger car

exports decreased 9 percent to

$989 million in December 2017.

The special purpose vehicle exports

increased 20 percent to $453

million in December. Bus-minibusmidibus

exports surged 22 percent

to $158 million.

The most exports of the supplier

industry shipped to Germany

with 14 percent, to Romania with

60 percent and to Russia with 57

percent rise respectively.

While decrease experienced in

the passenger car exports to Italy,

France, Germany, the UK 30%,

19%, 26% and 43% respectively;

exports in this category upped 59%

to Poland, 49,896% to the USA and

51% to Slovenia.

In special purpose vehicle, exports

increased 95% to the UK, 13%

to Italy, 49% to Belgium, 43% to

Spain. In this category the exports

plunged 26% to the USA, 13% to


In bus-minibus-midibus group, the

exports 46% to Germany, 70% to

Italy, 662% to Morocco, 302% to

Poland; decrease 62% to the UK last


Germany sustains featuring the

biggest export market

Based on country featuring the

biggest market of the sector the

exports upped 1% worth $338

million to Germany in December

over the same month last year. The

sector exports set back 11% to $277

million to Italy and 6% to $250

million to France. The sector exports

increase in the rate of 70% to the

USA drew attention. The sector

exports increased 60% to Poland,

22% to Slovenia, 59% Romania;

decreased 21% to Switzerland.

The sector exports up 3% to the


The EU countries became the

biggest market of the Turkish

automotive industry in December

as well. Accounting for 75% of

the share the exports to the EU

countries increased 3% to $1

billion 859 million last December.

As the exports draw attention to

North America Free Trade Zone

with 52%, as for Commonwealth

of Independent States the sector

exports surged 34%, to other

American countries the exports

surged 49% in December 2017.

4 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine




İstmag Magazin Gazetecilik

İç ve Dış Ticaret Ltd. Şti.

Genel Müdür

(Managing Editor)

Mehmet Söztutan


Mehmet Soztutan, Editor-in-Chief


Dynamic and competitive

more than ever

Responsible Editor

Yusuf Okçu (yusuf.okcu@img.com.tr)


İbrahim Küpeli (ibrahim.kupeli@img.com.tr)

Advertising Manager

Nihat Akman (nakman@ihlas.net.tr)

Foreign Relations Manager

Yusuf Okcu (yusuf.okcu@img.com.tr)

To cut a long story short, permanent change is the rule of the game in

the automotive industry. It is evident that technology and competitive

power will always be the two keys for the survival of the automotive industry.

The Turkish automotive and components industry has developed to the stage

where it is ready to take advantage of the globalization and structural changes

in the world automotive industry. A number of firms active in the industry have

been named the "co-designer" in the global vehicles manufactured in Turkey.

These firms have also reached the stage where they act as "co-designer" for

the global production of motor vehicle manufacturers.

Turkey is the only country within the surrounding geographical area to have

established a well advanced automotive industry. Therefore, the automotive

industry is strategically important both for Turkey and for firms that will invest

in Turkey.

Many studies identify Turkey as the automotive market with the highest

potential in the future. Multinational vehicle manufacturers with their own

production facilities in Turkey.

Besides, vehicles produced in Turkey are regularly awarded as “Van of the

Year”,”Car of the Year”,”Busbuilder of the Year” etc.

Turkish automotive industry, with its vehicles and components manufacturing

sub-sectors, is one of the major driving forces behind the Turkish export drive.

Since the automotive industry operates on a global basis, it also has a profound

effect on the Turkish automotive components industry.

The Turkish automotive and auto spare parts industry have prospered

dynamically in line with ever increasing demand from abroad. Business

people operating in the industry have become outward oriented more than

ever before.

As known, we convey the messages of the Turkish automotive and the related

industries by participating in a series of international fairs and exhibitions.

We wish business people operating in automotve industry a fruitful business.


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Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

EU Passenger



Up 3.4% In


In December 2017,

new passenger car

registrations in the EU fell

by 4.9%, totaling 1,088,498

units – mainly the result

of the fact that December

had one working day

less in 2017 than in the

preceding year.

In December 2017, new passenger

car registrations in the EU fell by

4.9%, totaling 1,088,498 units – mainly

the result of the fact that December

had one working day less in 2017

than in the preceding year. Nearly all

major EU markets contracted, except

for the Spanish one (+6.2%). The

United Kingdom’s car market posted

its ninth straight month of decline,

with registrations falling by 14.4% in


Overall in 2017, European demand

for cars grew (+3.4%) for the fourth

consecutive year, reaching more

than 15 million new passenger cars

registered for the first time since 2007.

Among the five big markets, Italy

(+7.9%) and Spain (+7.7%) recorded

the strongest gains, followed by

France (+4.7%) and Germany (+2.7%).

By contrast, last year demand for

cars in the United Kingdom declined

(-5.7%) for the first time in six years.

Noteworthy is the strong performance

of the new EU member states, where

registrations went up by 12.8% during

the year.

10 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Automotive Yields Foreign

Trade Surplus

Turkish automotive industry

yielded foreign trade surplus

worth $5,8 billion in the first 9 months

of 2017. Accounting for nearly one-fifth

of the Turkish exports only and so, the

sector characterized as the locomotive

of exports, the automotive sector has

yielded trade surplus worth $5,8 billion

in the first nine months of 2017. With

this figure the sector has exceeded its

foreign trade surplus record which was

$5,5 billion in 2008 in terms of foreign

trade surplus 3 months earlier.

Orhan Sabuncu, Chairman of

Uludag Automotive Industry Exporters

Association (OIB), in his statement said

having broken all-time record in the

exports as of 17th November 2017,

the automotive sector exports would

exceed the exports figure which was

set as $27 billion at the beginning of the

year 2017 with over $28 billion.

Turkish automotive industry yielded

foreign trade surplus worth $17 billion

within last 11 years except the year

2017. These are very pleasing figures.

In the chapter that we call it as 87th

Chapter yields foreign trade surplus

in terms of difference between all

imported vehicles, spare parts or goods

and all exported vehicles, supplier

industry goods. There is surplus in the

last consecutive 11 years,” Sabuncu


Reminding rising of foreign currency

rates in a moderate level was positive

in the aspect of exporters, but extra

fluctuation urged to increase of the

imported inputs, Sabuncu concluded;

“The automotive exports are made via

Euro currency in the rate of 85%. But this

is converted to dollar when the sector

exports are announced. When parity

between euro and dollar decrease

our exports also decrease as figure, as

long as the scissors expand between

these two currencies the export figure

increases too.”

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Automechanika Riyadh 2018

Expands Its Presence Further

The premiere edition of Automechanika Riyadh is set to the ideal platform

for local trade visitors and exhibitors with direct access to the new frontier

of the Middle East’s automotive aftermarket

Dubai, UAE: Messe

Frankfurt Middle East

has announced the launch

of Automechanika Riyadh as

the region’s leading exhibition

organiser expands its presence

further in the Kingdom’s vast

automotive aftermarket.

Automechanika Riyadh will take

place from 5-7 February 2018 at

the Riyadh Exhibition Centre, and

will run every two years. The threeday

event will alternate between

the existing Messe Frankfurtorganised

Automechanika Jeddah,

which will now become a biennial

event, with the 3rd edition taking

place in 2019.

Automechanika Riyadh 2018 is

organised in partnership with

Saudi-based Al-Harithy Company

for Exhibitions (ACE), and is

the 17th global instalment of

Automechanika, the world’s most

successful automotive aftermarket

trade fair brand.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Messe

Frankfurt Middle East, said the

dual platform of Automechanika

Riyadh and Automechanika

Jeddah will provide more business

opportunities spanning the

automotive aftermarket in the

Kingdom’s Western, Central, and

Eastern regions.

“Given the encouraging response

to Automechanika Jeddah, we

are confident that Automechanika

Riyadh will enable us to successfully

reach and engage with the

significant markets of the Central

and Eastern regions, which will

strengthen the event’s footprint,”

said Pauwels.

“The new exhibition is also another

step in our carefully orchestrated

plans of expanding the reach of

the Messe Frankfurt family of shows

across the Kingdom,” he added.

Automechanika Riyadh is set

to significantly boost access for

international players into Saudi

Arabia’s spare parts market, which

is well on the road to recovery.

According to analysts Frost &

Sullivan (F&S), the total revenues

in the Kingdom’s automotive

aftermarket, including Jeddah to

the West, Riyadh Central, and

the Eastern region of Dammam,

Dhahran and Al Khobar, will grow

5.1 per cent annually over the

next five years, reaching SAR 33.62

billion (US$8.9 billion) in 2021.

Major revenue is expected to be

generated by regular maintenance

parts such as tyres (SAR 10.5

billion), batteries (SAR1.56 billion)

and lubricants (SAR 6.01 billion),

while brake pads are expected to

account for almost 25 per cent of

‘other parts’ category (SAR15.550




Automechanika’s Brand Manager,

said: “Automechanika Riyadh will

not only open up the burgeoning

sales potential in Saudi’s Central

region, but will also extend its reach

to the Eastern Region and the main

Dammam urban conglomeration,

which is within a 3-hour drive of

the Capital, and a 40 minute flight


Automechanika Riyadh will focus

on the six main product groups of

Parts & Components, Electronics &

Systems, Accessories & Customizing,

Repair & Maintenance, Tyres &

Batteries, and Car Wash, Care &


Hadi Al-Harith, Managing Director

of ACE, added: “It gives us great

pleasure to continue our association

with Messe Frankfurt Middle

East and extend the reach of the

Automechanika brand into Saudi’s

Central and Eastern regions. This

expansion is a result of dedicated

teamwork and close interaction

with various stakeholders as we

continue to try and fulfil all our

clients’ requirements.”

Messe Frankfurt Middle East, the

UAE-based subsidiary of Messe

Frankfurt Group, is also the

organiser of Automechanika Dubai,

the wider Middle East and Africa’s

largest automotive aftermarket

trade exhibition.

With a total area is 15,000 sqm, the

Riyadh Exhibition Centre provides a

modern and easily accessed venue,

with four halls of different sizes. The

complex has independent facilities

for each hall for reception and

registration services and security


14 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

All-Electric Buses Support Environmental

Sustainability For New York

All-electric buses support environmental sustainability, are quieter than traditional

buses, and will feature amenities to enhance customer experience in New York

The new zero-emission,

all-electric buses support

environmental sustainability, are

quieter than traditional buses, and

will feature amenities such as Wi-Fi

and USB ports to enhance customer


Recently started was a three-year

pilot program for 10 all-electric buses

with the goal of reducing emissions

and modernizing the MTA's bus fleet.

Using lessons learned from the initial

phase of the pilot, the MTA intends

to order an additional 60 all-electric


Timing of the larger order will be

dictated by the buses' performance

during the initial phase of the pilot.

After a study of best practices from

systems across the U.S. and around

the world, the MTA identified two

vendors to manufacture a total of ten

all-electric buses, which were leased

for test and evaluation over a period

of three years in the New York City

operating environment. The first of

those vendors, Proterra, was selected

to provide five over-night charging

electric buses which will be operated

on routes including the B32 in

Brooklyn and Queens. The second

vendor, New Flyer, will provide five

buses that will be operated on the

M42 and M50 routes in midtown

Manhattan. All of the new electric

buses will feature customer amenities

such as Wi-Fi and USB ports that will

enhance the customer experience.

The three-year lease for the Proterra

buses includes six depot charging

stations, which will be installed in the

Grand Avenue Depot in Maspeth,

Queens, where the buses will be

recharged overnight or mid-day.

The first leg of the pilot will also

include one 'en-route' high power

charging station, which will be

located at Williamsburg Bridge Plaza

in Brooklyn, and be used to extend

the range of the buses by quickly

recharging without having to return

to the depot. The plaza is the hub

for nine routes that serve Brooklyn,

Manhattan and Queens.

In preparation for the pilot the MTA

conducted a four-year study of global

best practices for electric buses. The

process included a review of reports

from systems in Europe, Asia, and

South America; involvement in

industry groups such as the Electric

Power Research Institute, the Society

of Automotive Engineers and the

American Public Transportation

Association; in-person visits and

consultations with transportation

authorities in London, Geneva,

Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Los

Angeles, and Montreal; and testing

and inspections of buses from a

variety of suppliers.

In addition to testing the new electric

buses, the MTA has ordered 110

new Compressed Natural Gas buses

to operate across the Bronx and

Brooklyn between now and the first

quarter of 2019. The new buses will

be the first CNG 60-foot articulated

buses, and will refresh a portion of

the existing fleet of 781, 40-foot CNG

buses, taking the oldest buses out of

service and adding capacity. CNG

buses are cleaner burning and have

lower particulate emissions than

diesel buses.

Recently, the 2018 State of the State

announced that the state would

invest funds from the Volkswagen

settlement in supporting the transition

to electric mobility, including electric

buses, and that it would support

increasing the number of publiclyavailable

electric vehicle charging

stations to 10,000 by 2021.

16 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

ESTAS Exports Camshafts To

Over 40 Countries

ESTAS manufactures camshafts for the worldwide brands’ automobiles,

heavy commercial vehicles, locomotives and vessel generators such as

Volvo, Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Scania and exports to over 40 countries

Operating in the central

Anatolian province of

Sivas, Estas sells its production

camshafts for motors and engines

for heavy commercial vehicles,

automobiles, locomotives and

vessel generators’ engines for the

renowned brands in the countries

such as the USA, France, Germany

and Switzerland.

Maintaining its operations at Sivas

Organized Industrial Zone on an

area of 32 thousand sq meters

indoor and 130 sq meters outdoor,

ESTAS manufactures camshafts

for the worldwide brands’

automobiles, heavy commercial

vehicles, locomotives and vessel

generators such as Volvo, Renault,

Nissan, Mitsubishi, Scania and

exports to over 40 countries.

Osman Maviş, Director General

of ESTAS, said their firm would

serve over 20 brands in the sector

and continued; “We exports our

production of camshafts to over

40 countries. 70 percent of the

manufacturing is delivered to

the factories and 30 percent to

spar parts markets. We produce

camshafts ranging from very

small ones for motorbikes up to

3 meters length for generators or

tank, heavy vehicles, earth moving

machines. There are our customers

from various sectors such as Scania,

Renault Nissan group, Mitsubishi,

Bosch, General Electric, Yamaha.

We produce camshafts for defense

industry, heavy commercial

vehicles and smaller diesel engines.

Lastly, we have signed agreement

with Volvo. ESTAS will sustain its

works with Volvo brand and boost

its diversity in luxury segment


“India joined our customer


Highlighting ESTAS had 3-4 percent

of the market share across the

world in its sector; Mavus said they

had warehouses in the USA and

the UK. Reminding Brazil, Russia,

India and China had become an

outstanding market for them in

recent period, Mavus recorded;

“The Indian market has recently

joined our customer portfolio. There

were our suspended projects with

Russia. Now, the manufacturing

of 1.6 gasoline engine will start

in Russia and the country will

be added to these countries.

We export 70 percent of our

production. In the domestic market

there are customers such as Turk

Tractor, Oyak Renault, TUMOSAN.

ESTAS plays a noteworthy role

in renovation of tanks supplying

camshafts. We ship camshafts in

a wide spread way to plants of

Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi.”

18 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Export Volume Of

Automotive Grows

The export volume of the Turkish automotive sector grows with every

passing day, Alper Kanca, the head of Association of Automotive Parts &

Components Manufacturers TAYSAD

Holding an evaluation

meeting about the

Turkish automotive sector, Alper

Kanca, the head of TAYSAD, shared

ten-year data of the sector with the

members of TAYSAD at Istanbul

Sheraton Atasehir Hotel.

Kanca said; “The Turkish automotive

sector’s export volume is growing

with every passing day. As of the

end of October’17, the sector

exports surged 21% to $23,8

billion. Our prediction for the yearend

will exceed worth $27 billion.

The automotive sector has become

export champion as 11 consecutive

years. We are running towards

records once again.”

Exporting hybrid vehicles

Reminding a good development,

Kanca said; “Hybrid C-HR vehicles

which are manufactured by Toyota

Turkey have a significant place in

our sector export record. This is

pleasing. The vehicle technologies

are changing. As long as

investments made in the sector our

successes will continue as well.”

Sales of a one million vehicle in

domestic market

Kei Okano, Purchasing Senior

Manager of Toyota Motor,

evaluating the automotive market

in Turkey, and said; “The domestic

automotive market closed the last

year with 980 thousand units. Of

these, 750 thousand units were

passenger cars, 230 thousand units

were light commercial vehicles. In

other words, we mention a market

with 1 million vehicles. Turkish

automotive market is a big market

being able to attract interest of

foreign investors.”

“We trust in Turkey”

Indicating the sector investments

made in Turkey had great

importance for the supplier industry,

Okano said; “It is good that we

have been in Turkey, the supplier

industry is very powerful and

competent. The Turkish supplier

industrialists have a great share in

the success of Toyota. As Toyota,

we trust in Turkey. In recent period,

as Toyota we have had 8 new

suppliers. Our 14 supplier facilities

have enlarged their production

capacity. 3 of them have installed

new production facilities as well.

These are the figures belong to

Toyota. Every production facility

is inaugurated in the automotive

sector urges to install additional

new supplier part facilities, as well

as continuity in the investments.” He

concluded by thanking the Turkish

supplier industry about complying

with the new developments in the


In the meeting speaking about

growth percentages of the Turkish

economy, Basar Yildirim, the Top

Economist of Princewaterhouse

Coopers (PwC), said; “We can

divide the growth story of Turkey

into 3 sections as the breakthroughs

that happened following the

economic crisis in 2001, the global

crisis which was broken out in 2008

and then as the period following

the year 2012. If we look at current

condition according to the data of

2017, Turkey ranks at third line in

the developing countries. When we

look at these development figures,

we can focus on purchasing

power, capacity utilization rate,

industrial production, local sector

confidence index. The sets of this

data are the remarkable growth

figures that support the data which

has been spoken in 2017. I can say

that we will grow over 5.5 percent

in 2017.”

22 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Total Number Of Vehicles

Reached 22,134,792

As of the end of November 2017, the total number of road motor vehicles

registered to the traffic reached 22 million 134 thousand 792 in Turkey,

according to the statement from Turkish Statistical Institute

The total number of road

motor vehicles registered

to the traffic reached 22 million

134 thousand 792 by the end of

November. Within the total, cars

represented 54.1%, followed by

small trucks 16.4%, motorcycles

14%, tractors 8.3%, trucks 3.8%,

minibuses 2.2%, buses 1% and

special purpose vehicles 0.2%.

In November, 109,319 motor

vehicle registrations were


Within 109 thousand 319 vehicle

registrations in November, cars

accounted for 63.3%, followed by

small trucks 17.2%, motorcycles

8.5% and tractors 7%. Minibuses,

buses, trucks and special purpose

vehicles constituted 4% of new


The number of motor vehicle

registrations downed 1.3% over

previous month

In November, the number of

road motor vehicle registrations

decreased by 1.3% compared

with the previous month. Buses,

small trucks, motorcycles, special

purpose vehicles and tractors

decreased by 24.4%, 1.5%, 33.6%,

20.5% and 4.1% respectively. Cars,

minibuses and trucks increased by

6.2%, 1.1% and 4.8%.

The vehicles registered decreased

by 15.5% over the same month

previous year

In November, the number of

road motor vehicle registrations

decreased by 15.5% compared

with the same month of the

previous year. Cars, minibuses,

buses, trucks and motorcycles

decreased by 22%, 14.1%, 24.2%,

7.4% and 7.6% respectively. Small

trucks, special purpose vehicles and

tractors increased by 1.9%, 83%

and 5.3%.

In January-November, the total

motor vehicles in traffic increased


While 100 thousand 39 road motor

vehicles were withdrawn, 1 million

144 thousand 407 road motor

vehicles were added in January-

November period. Hence, the total

number of road motor vehicles

registered increased by 1 million 44

thousand 368.

668,040 road motor vehicles

handed over in November

Among 668 thousand 40 vehicles

handed over; cars accounted for

69.8% followed by small trucks

16.9%, tractors 4% and motorcycles

3.8%. Minibuses, buses, trucks and

special purpose vehicles constituted

5.5% of the handed over motor

vehicles in November.

The ratio of cars registered using

LPG was 38.4%

As of the end of November, among

11 million 973 thousand 699

registered cars, the share of LPGfuelled

cars was 38.4% followed by

diesel-fuelled cars with 35.2% and

gasoline-fuelled cars with 26%. The

ratio of the cars with unknown fuel

type was 0.4%.

In November, 69,181 new cars

were registered to the traffic

In terms of the distribution of

trademarks for the 69 thousand

181 new registered cars in

November, Renault recorded

14.4%, Volkswagen 12.5%, Fiat

7.5%, Opel 6.5%, Hyundai 6.1%,

Nissan 5.8%, Dacia 5.6%, Toyota

5.5%, Ford 4.6%, Peugeot 4.2%

and the other trademarks 27.3% of

the total.

Most frequent engine size was

1501-1600 for registered cars

Within 674 thousand 748 cars

registered to traffic in January-

November period, 40.6% of them

had engine size 1501-1600, 26.3%

had 1401-1500, 14.4% had 1300

or less, 13.6% had 1301-1400, 4%

had 1601-2000, 1.1% had 2001

and above engine size.

Most frequent color was white

for registered cars

Within 674 thousand 748 cars

registered to traffic in January-

November period, 59% of them

were white, 18.1% were grey,

7.6% were black, 5.7% were red

and 9.5% were in other colors.

24 JANUARY 2018



2002 yılında çıktığımız bu yolculuğumuzda, onlarca müşterimize hep en iyisini sunmayı hedefledik.

Sıradan olmayı ise asla kabullenmedik. Hep daha iyi olabilmek için daha çok çalışmalıyız gerektiği

inancıyla hareket ettik. Çalışmaktan asla yorulmadık. Her zaman daha iyisini yapabileceğimizi

unutmadan çalıştık.

Aradan geçen bunca zaman diliminde, binlerce ürün hazırladık, binlerce tasarım yaptık...

En büyük kazancımızın itibarımız olduğunu ise asla unutmadık.

Tüm tecrübemizle size yakışan tanıtımı hazırlamak için var gücümüzle çalışmaya

devam ediyoruz.

Bize duyduğunuz güven için TEŞEKKÜR ederiz.

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Protocol Signed For

Automotive Test Center

The protocol has been signed for the automotive test center which is under

construction in the district of Yenisehir, Bursa province

Hakan Cavusoglu, Turkish

Deputy PM, said that

the district of Yenisehir was

located in a region to be a base

for technology, automotive,

industry and agriculture sectors

at the ceremony area where the

automotive test center to be built.

Reminding the works about

high speed train, automotive test

center, organized industrial zone

and cargo flights at the airport,

Cavusoglu said they would

exchange opinions whenever they

come together with Faruk Ozlu,

the Minister of Science, Industry

and Technology about the test


Stating there was an issue to be

overcome in terms of allowing

the center to enter into force,

Cavusoglu said; “The Minister

Faruk Ozlu has exerted effort to

exceed that issue. Today, we

are going to take a concrete

step including the TSE, Defense

Industry Undersecretariat and

TUBITAK. The test center has an

area of 4,350 sq meters with 13

runways, 7 laboratories. The test

center will be implementing both

the automobiles manufactured

in the home and abroad.”

He also said the tests of the

defense vehicles, items related

to automotive supplier industry

would be implemented at the test


The Minister Ozlu stressing letting

the automotive test center to enter

into force synchronously with

the domestic made automobile

production, and said; “Because

designing and manufacturing is

not enough. We should test and

approve this. So, the test center

we are going to install here has

utmost importance. If we are going

to make a domestic made car, we

also need a test center. This test

center will meet the need.”

“We will sell this car to entire


“We are not going to make an

automobile only for Turkey, but

also for the entire world markets.

We will sell the domestic made

car to the entire world. We are

not targeting only the domestic

market. Today, we export 80

percent of the automobiles which

are manufactured in the home to

market abroad. So, the domestic

made car will be ahead of the

products that Turkey exports. I hope

we will also install the domestic

made plants in other countries.

The Turkish automotive industry

has an outstanding infrastructure



manufacturing industry, supplier

industry, designing engineers,

production engineers that have

happened in the last 50-60 years

in Turkey. We do not have any

problem technically. We will make

an automobile special to Turkey,

when said Germany, Japan a few

brand come to mind, hopefully

when said Turkey such a brand will

come to mind as well,” concluded

Minister Ozlu.

28 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

ROTA Introduces New

Products At Agritechnica Fair

NSK Group introduced its new products manufacturing for the number of

53 agriculture tractor brands joining Agritechnica fair

The 31st edition of

Agritechnica fair was held

in Hanover, Germany, on 12 – 18

November 2017. The number of

2803 exhibitors from 53 countries

displayed their products at the fair.

From Turkey the number of 108

firms joined the fair. The fair became

meeting venue of the producers of

agriculture machinery, equipment

and spare parts from across the

world. A total of 450,000 visitors

participated in the fair, of these

nearly 100,000 were from outside

of Germany including mostly from

the countries such as Denmark,

Switzerland, Austria and Italy.

The parts such as complete rods,

tie rod ends, inner and outer tie

rod ends, axial joints, hydraulic

cylinder rod, blade rods which

ROTA manufactures for agriculture

tractors’ steering wheel exhibited at

the fair. ROTA manufactures over

2600 OEM reference products for

53 tractor brands in order to keep

agriculture tractors in maximum

period in their working fields.

In addition, ROTA develops the

number of 75 new products for

agriculture tractors, aftermarket

and OEM/OES industry every year.

Joined the fair Zeki Cidik, the

member of NSK Group, stating

the importance of the fair would

increase with every passing day

for the agriculture tractors, and

continued; “We have met with

visitors primarily from the European

countries and across the world. We

did crucial negotiations with our

customers of aftermarket, OEM/

OES industry to work together

in the significant projects. If we

evaluate the fair overall in terms

of us, I can say that the fair is a

platform to develop noteworthy

business cooperation for the year

2018. I believe this new business

cooperation will ensure positive

contribution to the exports of

our company and country in the

upcoming period.”

32 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Toyota Turkey Exports

To 100 Countries

Featuring the highest capacity utilization of Toyota across Europe, Toyota

Turkey plant exports its models in high quality standards to 100 countries

As the models of Toyota

Turkey are manufactured

at the plant in Sakarya having

reached the highest production

and export capacity among the

plants in Europe, the models

produced the highest in quality are

exported to 100 countries. Toyota

Turkey plant in Sakarya set records

in terms of production, exports and

job generation. Hiroshi Kato, CEO

and Director General of Toyota

Turkey announced their success

and targets. Following roll off the

production line of the first hybrid

and SUV model of Turkey with

the investment worth 400 million

euro in November 2016, Kato

said they had made breakthrough

in terms of production, exports

and employment. Stating they

had raised production capacity

utilization up to double size by

passing to 3 shifts along with

Toyota C-HR, Kato continued;

“Our employment number

paralleling our capacity utilization

has reached over 5 thousand

people. We have featured as the

plant manufacturing Toyota New

Global Architecture (TNGA).” Kato

highlighted that Toyota Turkey has

the highest production capacity in

Toyota production facilities across


Exporting to 100 countries Kato

recorded they would aim to

export 248 thousand units of

280 thousand vehicles to be

manufactured by the end of 2017.

He continued: “As we produced

254,928 unit vehicles in the first

11 months of 2017 with 102% rise,

as for our exports surged 159% to

224,906 units. In 2018, our essential

focus will sustain our production

rate with full capacity too. Since

our establishments to date, we

achieved exports worth $25 billion

with $2,3 billion of the investment.

We take pride in contributing the

province of Sakarya due to rising

7th line among the most exporting

provinces of Turkey. In Sakarya

province producing models in high

quality standards, we export to

100 countries. We export 74% of

vehicles to Europe, 20% to North

America, 6% to Mideast, North

Africa and other countries.”

Reminding they ranked 6th in the

top 500 of the Istanbul Chamber

of Industry and 7th in the top 500

of Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM)

with 155 thousand production and

116 thousand exports in 2016,

Kato said they would continue to

provide value-added to the country

economy with 280 thousand

production and 248 thousand

exports by the end of the year.

Having established as Toyotasa

in July 1990 in Arifiye town, the

groundbreaking ceremony made

in May 1992. In September 1994

launching 7th generation of

Corolla Sedan, in 2000, 100th car

production was accomplished. In

the same year with the restructuring

and establishing of Toyota Turkey

in October along with acceleration

of production, the exports began

in 2002. In 2003, staring 2-shift

working, in February 2004 with

the capacity utilization that was

raised by 150 thousand, growing

fast the plant reached 500th

vehicle production in December

2005. In March 2009, producing

1 millionth vehicle the plant has

passed to 3-shift working system

in Sept. 2016. In Oct. 2016, the

plant launched the first crossover

hybrid vehicle Toyota C-HR in

Turkey. In Sept. 2017, rolling off

the production line of its 2 millionth

vehicle, and featuring the highest

capacity utilization of Toyota across

Europe, at Toyota Turkey plant,

Corolla, Verso and Toyota C-HR

models continue to meet its buyers

across the world.

34 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Star Refinery Expected To Be

Operational In 2018

Star Refinery which will enter into force in 2018 in Izmir can be able to

meet one third of 12 million tons of imports by itself with 4,7 million tons

diesel production

Diesel consumption in

Turkey increased from

14,4 million tons to 15,6 million

tons in the first 8 months year

on year. In this period, diesel

production raised by 7,2 million

tons which were 5,9 million tons

in the first 8 eight months in 2016.

Rising paralleling diesel-fueled

vehicles, the diesel imports

decreased 0.47 percent within

last 5 years first time due to the

production increase in January-

August 2017 over the same period

previous year.

Before being used in vehicles with

high voluminous engines, also

having preferred in automobiles,

so, the increased imports have

entered downward trend along

with investments made refineries

to surge diesel production, in the

first 8 months of 2017 year after a

long time.

Thus in the first 8 months last year,

the diesel imports decreased by

8 million 354 thousand tons with

0.47 percent. In 2016 in the first

8 months having 72.2 percent

share in the total consumption, in

the same period of 2017 the diesel

imports in the total consumption

decreased by 51.9 percent.

In the first 8 months of 2017,

diesel consumption surged from

14,4 million tons to 15,6 million

tons, as for the production jumped

from 5,9 million tons to 7,2 million

tons. Hence the consumption

increase of 1,2 million tons in

diesel was met by production

rise accounted for nearly 1,3

million tons, according to the

data of Energy Market Regulatory

Board. According to this data,

83.5 percent accounting for 22,3

million tons of totally 26,7 million

tons of oil consumed in Turkey in

2016 were the sales of diesel. 9,5

million tons of consumed diesel

was met by domestic production,

1,3 million tons via imports.

Meeting Turkey’s diesel

consumption by the domestic

production evaluated strategically

due to lowering imports and also

current account deficit, meanwhile

technical works continues in

refineries in this issue.

The first one of domestically diesel

production increase in the home

entered into force via ‘Fuel Oil

Transformation Project’ in 2014, in

this scope the Star Refinery which

is in construction stage expected

to be commissioned in 2018.

Nearly additional 3 million tons

of diesel production capacity

utilization has been provided

through ‘Fuel Oil Transformation

Project’ accomplished in 2014 at

TUPRAS refinery, the affiliation of

Koc Conglomerate.

This project costed worth $3

billion was the Turkish biggest

industrial investment was made

in a single time. As foreign trade

deficit decreased $1 billion dollar

with this project, meanwhile job

was generated for 500 people.

Star Refinery, which will be

commissioned by SOCAR in 2018

in Izmir, the Azerbaijani State-Run

Oil Company, can be able to meet

one third of 12 million tons of

imports by itself with 4,7 million

tons diesel production.

The oil derivative products such

as diesel, jet fuel, naphtha and

petrol coke to be produced by the

refinery to cost totally worth $5,7

billion, the imports will decrease in

great deal. Star Refinery is believed

to prevent imports of oil derivatives

totally worth $2,5 billion.

36 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

“We Design A Saleable


“We are going to make the design by determining its model to qualify being

able to be sold in the world markets” Turkish Minister Faruk Ozlu

We are going to design

an automobile in

sellable features, Faruk Ozlu, the

Turkish Minister of Science, Industry

and Technology.

At a speech, Turkish Minister Faruk

Ozlu said; “There is huge difference

as much as mounts between

now and 15 years ago in Turkey.

We remember old Turkey when

inflation, interest rates raised in

every hour. In those years, Turkey

spoke these things. Now we are

speaking our goals set for 2023.

We speak how to achieve exports

worth $500 billion per annum.

Our national tank, unmanned air

vehicles, our ships, aircrafts made

in Turkey. We run for being a

global power exceeding our own

geography with made in Turkey

automobile brand.”

Extending his thanks and gratitude

regarding interest shown in the

domestic made automobile,

Minister Ozlu said; “Our people

has claimed their own automobile.

Turkish people have hugged their

own automobile; they believed this

goal, project. Lots of cities have

submitted bids for the automotive

production factory. There are

people to place orders for the

domestic made cars. This project

has become a project to which our

people have claimed, purchased

due to a being national project. A

sweet competition has constituted

between the chambers of

commerce, chambers of industry,

civil society organizations in the

country. Everybody has mobilized

for this national task.”

“We are going to design an

automobile to have the saleable


Indicating there were two phases

in the project, Minister Ozlu

continued; “The first phase is to set

up a joint-venture company. We

are working in full swing. We hold

meetings. We will make the design

by determining its model being able

to be sold in the world markets. We

will not manufacture an automobile

and sell it. We will design a saleable

automobile featuring in a segment

can be able to possess a place in

the markets. So, the first 24 months

are the design and prototype

manufacturing period. In the

second 24 months we will outline

the production period.”

Despite, existence of opposition in

the issue, they were keen to make

the domestic made automobile

and sell across the world, he


40 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

What To Power Trucks, Vans

And Buses In Future?

In line with the objectives of the European Commission’s Mobility Package,

the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) held an

event on Wednesday 29 November to explore the potential of the full range

of powertrain options to contribute to further decarbonising road transport

The aim of the event –

entitled ‘Powertrain options

for commercial vehicles’ – was to

explore the short-, mid- and longterm

power choices for trucks,

vans and buses. These can include

conventional powertrains running

on diesel or petrol – to alternative

drives, running on biofuels,

natural gas and hydrogen, as

well as electric and hybrid-electric


It was a timely opportunity to have

a discussion on this subject from

the perspective of commercial

vehicles, which are much more

complex and diverse in terms of

use-cases compared to passenger

cars. For instance, as pointed out

by Volker Mornhinweg, Executive

Vice-President of Mercedes-Benz

Vans and Chairman of ACEA’s Light

Commercial Vehicle Committee,

some policy makers “consider vans

as passenger cars with big trunks –

but this is certainly not the case”.

An issue debated by all present –

including industry representatives,

policy makers as well as the endusers

of commercial vehicles – was

why diesel powers well over 90%

of all trucks, vans and buses on the

roads today, and what it will take

to increase the market uptake of

alternatively-powered vehicles in

the future.

Preston Feight, President of DAF

Trucks and Chairman of ACEA’s

Commercial Vehicle Board, shared

three key policy recommendations

with the audience, which counted

some 235 people:


“Truck drivers simply cannot be

in a situation where they find

themselves unable to recharge or

refuel quickly and easily as they

deliver goods from one country to

another,” stated Mr Feight.

ACEA supports the Commission’s

action plan for boosting investment

in charging and refuelling stations

throughout the EU. For all power

choices, there needs to be

adequate infrastructure available.

This ranges in complexity from

the continuation of low-sulphur

diesel, to the availability of electrical

charging stations, and compressed

or liquefied natural gas fuelling

stations. It even covers the

capability of the electrical grid to

cope with demand if high volumes

of electrically-powered vehicles are

introduced into the market.

Support structures

Feight said: “The affordability of

alternatively-powered vehicles is

key, as operators simply have to

make money with their vehicles.”

Taxation policies, incentives and

public procurement can be

useful tools to stimulate sales of

alternatively-powered vehicles. But

it is crucial that there is sufficient

clarity, harmonisation and longterm

stability in this regard.

Technology-neutral policies

Not every powertrain is ideal for

all tasks, so it is not possible to

designate a single technology for

a particular vehicle, let alone an

entire vehicle class. The choice

should ultimately be commerciallydetermined

by the end-user, based

on his or her specific and unique

needs, and the overall benefit to

society. As ACEA Secretary General,

Erik Jonnaert, summed up,

“different transport needs require

different transport solutions”. Policy

must recognise and support this

market-based approach.

With the right conditions in place,

over time, ACEA believes that the

market will see a stronger shift to

alternatively-powered commercial

vehicles, particularly in urban

environments. Hakan Agnevall,

President of Volvo Bus Corporation

and Chairman of ACEA’s Bus

and Coach Committee, stated:

"Electrification is going to be one

of the major ways forward in city

transport, but not the only one."

In parallel, the latest-generation of

diesel technology – delivering low

CO2 emissions and low real-world

pollutant levels – will continue to

be a powertrain of choice for many

use-cases, such as the long-haul

delivery of goods.

To bring the topic to life, 17

trucks, buses and vans, powered

by different technologies, were

put on display. Over lunch before

the conference, Mr Feight, Mr

Jonnaert, Mr Mornhinweg and

Mr Agnevall led a group of

policy makers from the European

Commission, European Parliament,

the permanent representations and

the European Investment Bank on

a tour of these vehicles, whose

technologies were explained by

representatives from each of the


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Wealth Fund Wants To Take

Duty In Domestic Made Car

On the occasion of offering Turkey’s Wealth Fund to the Prime Minister’s

Office, Himmet Karadag, deputy chairman of Wealth Fund Management

Co., said that they could take place in financing of the domestic made car

Turkey’s Wealth Fund

Management Co. (TVF)

wants to take place in financing

of domestic made automobile,

according to the statement of

Himmet Karadag, head of Borsa

Istanbul and deputy chairman

of Wealth Fund Management

Co. Karadag said that they had

submitted strategic plan of Fund to

Prime Minister Office.

Karadag added, “The strategic plan

which to be updated has been

sent to the Prime Minister’s Office,

and we will present our studies

according to the agenda of the

Council of Ministers and PM.”

Stating they would manage and

improve the assets in the structure

of the TVF, he said they would

target to raise value of the assets

by managing public assets better.

Karadag continued; “The two

licenses have been transferred to

the TVF. The National Lottery and

Turkey Jokey Club’s valuation works

have been done as a draft bill.

When they would be managed in

a true way, we can earn liquidity

over TL1 billion per annum. Other

companies can be also managed in

a professional way; so, our current

portfolio can be doubled.”

Indicating they would manage

negotiations for international

cooperation, Karadag said; “We

are negotiating with international

investment banks. We negotiate

ICBC, Temasek and Russian Direct

Investment Fund.”

Let’s set up a fund for domestic

made automobile

Highlighting they would like to take

place in financing of the domestic

made car, He said; “If a task is given

we can take place in financing of

the project. We said, if a duty falls

on our shoulders, we set up a fund

immediately. If we asked $1 billion

is required, we can constitute $1

billion of fund immediately.”

Turkey’s Wealth Fund has been

established with the aim of

promoting development and

increasing economic stability

in Turkey by the efficient and

productive management of

public funds, increasing the

value of existing public funds to

build a stronger Turkey for future


48 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Honda Turkey Launches

Second Work-Shift

Celebrating the 20th anniversary in its production adventure which

launched in 1997, Honda Turkey has started the second work-shift with the

investment of 40 million euro

Celebrating its 20th

anniversary, Honda

Turkey has launched the second

working shift with investment

worth 40 million euro and

ensured the number of 400

additional employments. Since

1997, manufacturing over 350

thousand vehicles becoming one

of the foremost manufacturers of

the Turkish automotive industry,

Honda Turkey has crowned its

20th anniversary investing 40

million euro. Having rolled off

the production line of 6 various

Honda Civic models, Honda plant

has raised its production volume

from 106 to 175 units/day since

Dec. together with the additional


Manufactured in Turkey and

exported to 33 countries, Honda

Civic Sedan will be demanded

more with its diesel version, so,

in order to meet the demand

the additional investment made,

according to the statement of

Takuya Tsumura, head of Honda

Turkey. Tsumura continued; “We

accomplished the sales of nearly

23 thousand Civic Sedans between

October 2016 and November

2017. We broke a record achieving

the highest sales number since the

beginning production of Honda

Turkey in 1997. We will continue

to set record with the investment

of 40 million euro in the upcoming

period as well.”

Half of production to exports

Stating they had received

additional orders from their

current markets and the demand

would increase more with diesel

Civic Sedans of which production

had been prepared, Tsumura

recorded; “On behalf of meeting

the increased demand, we are

employing new 400 people at our

plant in Turkey and we are passing

to second work-shift. In the first

planning, daily production was

counted as 160 units, but with

the new planning this figure has

raised up to 175 units. Half of 50

thousand units of production are

exported per annum.”

Respond to intensive demand

Highlighting Honda Turkey plant

was one of successful plants in

Civic production along with the

Turkish labor force in the world,

Tsumura said; “We are celebrating

our 20th anniversary as Honda

Turkey. We did not remain rising

our export market from 6 to 33 at

the same time we will also realize

first diesel-powered Civic sedan

in Honda history. We are also

planning to boost domestic made

component rate which is 40%

more with more production units.

Thanks to the second work shift

we will be meeting the intensive


Refreshing record in 2018

About the domestic market,

Tsumura concluded; “Despite

constriction in the domestic

market, we have boosted our sales

30 percent in the first 11 months

of 2017 with great contribution

of new Civic when compared to

the previous year. Our objective

is to rise our sales volume over

25 thousand units in 2017 and

in 2018 we aim to surge the sales

over 30 thousand units together

with diesel Civic sedan.”

50 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Anadolu Isuzu Has Approval

Of Japanese IMM Certificate

Anadolu Isuzu plant has deserved to get IMM Certificate which is the

Japanese super production and quality management certificate through

inspection and evaluation of the Japanese Isuzu team

The inspection and

evaluation activities of the

Japanese Isuzu team at Anadolu

Isuzu facilities resulted. As having

renewed of IMM Certificate for

truck plants and D-Max lines, via

inspection of 450 procedures

painstakingly, the bus plant has

also deserved to get IMM certificate

first time. So, Anadolu Isuzu has

become only plant owning IMM

certificate out of Asia continent,

according to the statement.

Anadolu Isuzu has deserved to

get IMM Certificate which is the

Japanese super production and

quality management certificate.

The expert Isuzu team from Japan

completed perfectly its works

inspecting production process

and 450 inquiries at Anadolu

Isuzu plant. During this inspection

having specified that all production

and quality processes are in the

Japanese standards, logistic, human

resources, aftersales services were

evaluated by the Japanese experts

and Anadolu Isuzu has possessed

Isuzu Manufacturing Management

(IMM) certificate. Following

inspection of 450 procedures, the

validity period of the existing IMM

Certificate for Anadolu Isuzu truck

plant and D-max lines, meanwhile

Anadolu Isuzu bus plant has also

deserved to get IMM Certificate.

Thus Isuzu Japanese has verified

that Anadolu Isuzu manages

production and quality processes

complying with the settled quality

standards and has also registered its

domestic made production quality.

Tugrul Arikan, Director General

of Anadolu Isuzu, in his speech at

the certification ceremony said;

“Today, we take pride in regarding

obtaining the result of our quality

oriented studies at Anadolu Isuzu

once again. As we have renewed

our two certificates, we have also

owned the only plant with our

bus plant deserving this certificate

out of Asia continent. We are

one of 14 establishments that

possess IMM certificates across the

world according to data in 2015.

Of these, 8 ones have been in

Japan. Anadolu Isuzu is a single

firm having IMM certificate out of

Asia continent. The IMM certificate

can be returned from the firms

that cannot be successful. But,

we are determined to sustain in

the upcoming period as a good

team. I extend my thanks to my all

employees who worked with selfscarify,

exerted effort in order to

achieve this result.”

52 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Electric Vehicle To Generate

Job For One Million

Electric vehicles and its technologies will ensure new employment areas

for one million in Turkey, Berkan Bayram, founder of Turkey’s Electric and

Hybrid Vehicles Platform (TEHAD)

Flourishing of electric

automobiles will lead to

open new job area for one million

people in the sector in Turkey.

Berkan Bayram, founder of Turkey’s

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Platform (TEHAD), stating electric

vehicles and its technologies would

ensure new employment areas,

and said; “As of today, constituting

new employment areas, operating

of these business branches,

marketing, offering service stations

and manufacturing will lead to

open new job areas for one million

people in Turkey.”

Bayram highlighted the sector in

Turkey has capacity to manufacture

vehicles with every kind of

technology easily, in Europe the

sector has been in leading position

in bus and truck production as well.

Indicating the success could be

achieved in automobile production,

Bayram recorded together with

electric automobile production the

employment problem will reduce


Defending electric automobile

would contribute to reduce oil

dependency in certain extend in

Turkey, Bayram continued; “There

is also a material contribution to

economy. Almost the incomes

of special consumption taxes are

gained via oil, natural gas and sales

of motor vehicles in the rate of 60%.

You cannot remove fossil-powered

vehicles completely from the

system. There is a transformation


He added electric vehicle

production would be effective for

several industry areas. “The system

will expose lots of new technology

areas such as electric vehicle

transformation stations, charge

stations, software technology,

battery technology, movable and

wireless charge stations, solar panel

charge stations, rooftop solar panel

application, cell phone applications,

energy stocking systems. Electric

vehicles and related technologies

will provide new job opportunities,”

Bayram noted.

“Fuel cost drops tenfold”

Electric vehicle is efficient 90-95%

more than its counterpart. Pointing

out fuel cost would plunge tenfold

with electric vehicles, Bayram

said; “The fuel cost decreases

significantly when compared

to gasoline-powered vehicle

in the same distance. Electric

automobile also has more torque.

Withdrawal of old vehicles from

traffic accounting for 20 percent in

Turkey will constitute a movement

for electric vehicles. When we look

at the market in Turkey, we see that

1600 cc and under this engine

volume, vehicles account for 95%

of the total market. This shows that

the Turkish consumers have not

been in search for more powerful

engine models. In this, the tax

rates play role. In fact, the Turkish

consumers are inclined to electric

vehicles more.”

2,717 hybrid vehicles sold in 9


Reminding hybrid models were

sold more when compared the

sales figures in the world, Bayram

said 46 electric vehicles and 2,717

hybrid vehicles were sold in the

first 9 months in Turkey. Bayram

recorded last year only 300 hybrid

vehicles were sold in the same

period. Thanks to progress in

battery technology and decrease

in costs, high performance would

be seen in the sales of electric

vehicles in 2025. Incentive should

be implemented for investments

in charge stations in the scope of

domestic made car project.

The market is dominated by

America and China

The countries such as Norway, the

Netherlands and Germany have

started the projects not to emit

carbon and to reduce addiction of

fossil fuels.

Seemingly the European countries

would transfer to electric vehicles in

the rate of 70% by 2030, Bayram

said. Currently, America and China

dominate the electric vehicle


About Turkish domestic made car

project, Bayram concluded; “This

project is a long-term planned

project paralleling changing

of projections and production

models. Letting the project enter

into force will be evaluated as a

technological breakthrough both

in the home and our region. We

will respond to the electric vehicle

market in the European countries

with our electric vehicle projects as

automobiles, buses and trucks.”

56 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

MAN Truck & Bus Enters

2018 Along With Innovations

MAN Truck & Bus Trade Inc. enters the year 2018 with innovation, awards

and advantageous; reaching 22 percent share in the bus market in 2017 to

maintain its distinction in 2018 as well, according to the press statement

MAN Truck & Bus Trade

Inc. will continue to

make its distinction with its known

unprecedented features with the

new models, safety concept and

expertize in Euro 6 in 2018 as well.

MAN Truck & Bus Trade Inc. held

its traditional meeting at Divan

Istanbul in Taksim district. At the

meeting bus, truck, secondhand

market and aftersales services were

assessed for the year 2017. The

expectations were shared for the

year 2018 as well.

Highlights from press conference

According to the statement, having

improved its market share in the

constricted market in 2017, MAN

will continue to make its distinction

with its known unprecedented

features with the new models,

safety concept and expertize in

Euro 6 in 2018 as well.

MAN stand became attraction

center of the organization at

Busworld Kortjik Fair which is also

known as European Coach Week

(ECW). Lion’s Coach, Neoplan

Tourliner and Skyliner did European

landing with the 50th anniversary


New MAN Lion’s Coach - which

made its debut first time at Busworld

Kortjik 2017 and gathered a

great admiration - marked on the

contest taking three of six awards

distributed in six categories this

year. New MAN Lion’s Coach

was chosen as the best bus in the

categories of Comfort Label and

Design Label in addition to being

owner of Grand Coach Award.

In the statement also highlighted,

in the bus market, MAN obtained

22% share in 2017. MAN will

continue to make distinction with

its models Lion’s Coach, NEOPLAN

Tourliner in 2018 too. MAN aims to

increase both its sales number and

market share in 2018. Improving its

market share in constricted market

in 2017, MAN will continue to

make distinction in 2018.

Featuring as the brand raising

its market share in the Turkish

truck market, MAN’s leadership

in customer satisfaction area was

registered with poll companies’


The company carries its supper

qualified service concept in

aftersales services to the future.

Digital advantages are benefitted

besides continuously updated

staff trainings and renovated


58 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Model Changes In Mega


The first two-storey of a three-storey road-rail undersea Istanbul Tunnel

to be constructed for automobiles and the third one takes place at bottom

floor for railway system

The railway storey of a threestorey

road-rail undersea

Great Istanbul Tunnel has been

changed to take place at bottom

storey which was previously

outlined at the second floor in the

project to link the Bosporus at the

two sides of Asia and Europe.

The middle and upper storey, in

other words first and second floors,

will be used by automobiles.

The three-storey undersea Great

Istanbul Tunnel project which starts

in the district of İncirli via metro

system up to Mecidiyekoy to pass

to Anatolian side having integration

both with Kadikoy-Kartal line and


Ahmet Arslan, Minister of Transport,

Maritime and Communication,

said, “At the same time, the tunnel

will integrate with 9 various rail

system which has been at the same

line. The railway systems - which

carry daily 6,5 million people - will

be integrated each other.”

After entering underground from

the district of Hasdal, the tunnel

will be connected to the TEM in the

district of Camlık for automobiles.

The project is considered as an

integrated system with Marmaray

and Eurasia tunnels.

Highlighting the underground

tunnel would serve for automobiles

with two lanes, one way for rail

system; Minister Arslan said that they

had started the process including

drillings of the project, studies and

preparation of documents based

on build-operate-transfer model.

Tender in 2018

Arslan continued: “The works

have reached the final stage

but technically there is a result,

previously the rail system was

planned to be on middle floor,

following technical studies the rail

system has been approved to take

on the bottom floor. The middle and

upper floors of the undersea tunnel

will be planned for automobiles.

The reason of this, after exiting out

of tunnel the lines will separate to

each other. Regarding the vehicles

of rail system will be heaver; the

bottom floor is more suitable for

the rail system.” Minister Arslan

recorded the tender of the tunnel

would be held in 2018.

“Works will be cleared through

research study”

Reminding the tender for Channel

Istanbul’s research studies had

been made, Arslan said in the

scope of the tender new drillings

would be made, the works

have been managed related to

5 different routes about fresh

water, ecological balance, urban

transformation in order not to leave

people in a difficult situation.

“After clearing the route that not

to affect the fresh water basins of

the region and not to damage

ecological balance, the soil which

would be excavated from the

project area would be used in the

agro regions, the rest amounts

for use of the three various island

building and landfills. Three islands

will be made between Black Sea

and Marmara, fillings of port and

free zone will be made as well.”

Stating different finance models

would be used for urban

transformation, construction of

the channel and ports in addition

to ‘build-operate-transfer model’,

Minister Arslan concluded the

project costs $15 billion had

importance in terms of protecting

and saving the Bosporus from

possible dangers.

60 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

EU Commercial Vehicle

Shows Slower Pace

In November 2017, commercial vehicle registrations across the EU showed

positive growth in the rate of 2.5%, albeit at a slower pace compared to October

In November 2017, commercial

vehicle registrations across

the EU showed positive growth

(+2.5%), albeit at a slower pace

compared to October. Demand

was mainly sustained by the light

commercial vehicle and the heavy

truck segments. Among the five big

markets, Spain (+15.3%), France

(+9.2%) and Germany (+6.1%)

performed very well, while the UK

(-11.8%) and the Italian (-10.0%)

markets had weaker results

compared to November 2017.

From January to November 2017,

demand for new commercial

vehicles remained positive in

the EU, with almost 2.2 million

new vehicles registered – up

3.9% compared to last year.

Spain continued to drive growth

(+15.1%), followed by France

(+7.8%) and Germany (+3.6%). On

the other hand, UK demand fell

(-4.6%) over this period.

New light commercial vehicles

(LCV) up to 3.5 tons

November 2017 results show a

modest increase (+3.3%) in EU

demand for vans compared to

one year ago. Results were diverse

among the major EU markets, with

Spain (+18.4%), Germany (+8.5%)

and France (+6.2%) contributing

positively to last month’s growth,

while demand contracted in both

the UK (-11.1%) and Italy (-9.4%).

Eleven months into the year, more

than 1.8 million new vans were

registered across the European

Union, up 4.6% compared to

the same period in 2016. Spain

(+17.4%), France (+8.3%) and

Germany (+5.2%) maintained

momentum, while demand for

light commercial vehicles declined

in the UK (-4.1%) and Italy (-0.7%).

New heavy commercial vehicles

(HCV) of 16 tons and over

In November, demand for new

heavy commercial vehicles grew

by 2.2% compared to the same

month last year, with 26,727 units

registered. Results were diverse

across the five big EU markets,

with registrations falling in the UK

(-18.3%), Italy (-4.1%) and Spain

(-1.0%), while demand strongly

increased in Germany (+16.2%)

and France (+14.3%).

So far in 2017, the HCV market

posted a modest increase (+1.1%),

counting 273,839 new vehicle

registrations. The Italian market

saw the strongest gains (+11.4%),

followed by France (+6.8%).

Demand for heavy commercial

vehicles remained relatively stable

in Spain (-0.2%) and declined in the

UK (-6.0%).

New medium and heavy

commercial vehicles (MHCV)

over 3.5 tons

November 2017 registrations of

new trucks were rather stable

compared to November previous

year, totalling 32,787 new units.

Truck demand declined in the

United Kingdom (-14.0%) and

Italy (-13.5%), while it increased in

Germany (+6.3%).

From January to November 2017,

337,827 new trucks were registered

in the EU – a stable performance

(+0.3%) when compared to 2016’s

results. Italy (+7.5%) and France

(+6.5%) did well so far in 2017, but

truck registrations decreased in the

UK and Germany (-5.6% and -0.5%


New medium and heavy buses

& coaches (MHBC) over 3.5 tons

In November, demand for new

buses and coaches fell for the third

consecutive month, down 8.8%

and totalling 3,334 units. Demand

contracted strongly in the UK

(-25.0%) and Italy (-24.8%), while

the French market posted doubledigit

growth (+30.8%).

Over the first 11 months of

2017, the EU bus and coach

market declined slightly (-0.7%),

counting 36,182 new vehicles

registered. The UK and France saw

demand fall by -18.4% and -8.7%

respectively, whereas new bus

and coach registrations increased

substantially in Italy (+24.0%) and

Spain (+11.3%).

62 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Trucks With Ecotorq Engines

Win ‘Truck of the Year’ in China

With regard to Ford Otosan’s technology and engineering transfer to China,

JMC Weilong trucks was deserved International Truck of the Year Award

(ITOY) in China

Having improved by Ford

Otosan technology,

trucks with ecotorq engines won

Truck of the Year in China. Having

improved by effort of the Turkish

engineers following technology

and engineering exports of Ford

Otosan from Turkey to China,

JMC Weilong trucks with Ecotorq

engines have deserved the award

‘Chinese Truck of the Year’ which is

subsidiary of International Truck of

the Year (ITOY).

Having accomplished truck and

engine production via Turkish

design and engineering for over

55 years, the trucks with Ecotorg

engines owning Ford Otosan’s

Industrial Property Rights have won

‘Truck of the Year’ award in China

a short time later after the serial


Tough driving tests and

evaluation in 26 categories

The jury members of International

Truck of the Year (IToY), jury of

Chinese Truck of the Year’ that

composed of representatives of

Chinese commercial vehicle media

and customers’ representatives

applied a tough evaluation process

to choose ‘truck of the year’.

Following road tests in different

categories and other static tests,

JMC Weilong was subjected

to a series of evaluation in 26

categories such as aerodynamic,

interior design, ergonomic, driving

comfort, price, safety and engine

performance. Finally JMC Weilong

deserved to get the award of Truck

of the Year.

Highlighting JMC Weilong truck

had written a success story that

manufactured by supports of the

Turkish engineers, Haydar Yenigun,

Director General of Ford Otosan,

said; “As Ford Otosan, we have

signed with JMC about engine

technology, truck chassis and cabin

production license agreement, this

project - which entered into force

with great efforts of the Turkish

engineers – shows our high

level that we have achieved in

technology and engineering. As

soon as these trucks, of which we

have its industrial property rights

ranging from chassis to cabin, start

serial production has won ‘Truck

of the Year’ award. This is not

only source of proud for Otosan,

but also for all of Turkey. Almost

a success story was written in this

project we started in 2013. I thank

once again to our colleagues who

took duty in the development and

production process of the trucks

with Ecotorq engines assumed a

role as opening gateway to the

world. As Ford Otosan, we take

pride in contributing value to our

country economy in the area of

engineering and technology.”

Experiences of Ford Otosan

are transferred via the Turkish


JMC Weilong model, to which the

product improvement teams of

Ford Otosan engineered, has been

restructured newly. The Turkish

team has been working for nearly

2,5 years in China so as to being

determined its features compliance

with market needs, preparing

sales and aftersales teams. Ford

Otosan continues to transfer its

knowledge and know-how gained

in the home and global markets in

sales, aftermarket and marketing to

Chinese JMC firm.

64 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Hyundai To Make Two New

Models In Turkey

Hyundai Assan is planning to manufacture two new model as SUV and

hatchback in the upcoming period, according to statement of Tamer Saka,

CEO of Kibar Holding

Manufacturing of two

new models are being

planned at Hyundai Assan plant in

the upcoming period, first a SUV

model and then hatchback model.

In addition to South Korean

Hyundai, having also international

partnership with Posco and

Daewoo, Tamer Saka, CEO of

Kibar Holding announced they

had been in the decision stage to

manufacture a new model in the

sector and it would be an off-road

vehicle (SUV) model.

Over a question, whether a new

model would be made at the plant

currently i10 and i20 models are

produced, Saka said, “There are

alternatives we work on. I can tell

that most probably it would be a

SUV model. However timing is not

still clear.”

Recording they had planned

an investment for capacity

increase rather than a new facility

investment, Saka said the capacity

utilization would rise from 245

thousand to some 300 thousand

units, the plant would continue to

produce for the European market.

About the next investment plans,

Saka said; “We will renew i10

model in 2020. Then we will launch

5-door hatchback production.”

Saka did not inform about which

SUV model would be made at the


Highlighting that they had growth

plans in Assan Hanil, the supplier

industry partnership of Kibar

Holding, Saka said, “We have

agreed with a big automotive

producer in Turkey. We will install a

new facility next to their plant. The

project will start in 2019. The facility

will be producing for them.”

Assan Hanil, the OEM company of

Kibar Holding in the partnership

of South Korean Seoyon E-Hwa,

also produces for the automotive

makers such as Ford Otosan, Isuzu,

Honda besides Hyundai Assan.

The company also manufactures

aircraft seats with THY Teknik.

Saka noted they would also look

for an investment opportunity in

foreign market, adding they would

make a purchasing in a way to

improve business for the European

OEM firms in the upcoming period.

Public offering within 3-4 years

Recording public offering was a

topic has been on the agenda,

Saka concluded; “We have been

preparing ourselves for a long

time for public offering. We

will look at a point where that

opportunity window overlaps with

our upcoming projects. I think late

2018 and beginning of 2019 can

generate a window of opportunity

for us.”

66 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Istanbul Set Record In Traffic


Analyzing traffic congestions of Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa and Antalya;

Yandex Navigation has revealed traffic congestion chart of 5 megacities in


As the most popular

navigation app in Turkey,

Yandex Navigation has revealed

traffic congestion graphic of 5

megacities in Turkey. Scrutinizing

Istanbul, Ankara, Bursa and

Antalya; traffic congestions have

been analyzed separately in both

weekdays and weekends in these

megacities. According to the

analyzing, as drivers suffer traffic

jams much in Istanbul, however

the northwestern province of

Izmir exceeded Istanbul in some

rush hours in weekdays. The least

traffic congestion was observed

in Antalya in 5 megacities. Yandex

Navigation also determined the

areas where accident warning signs

are constituted. When accident

signs are taken into consideration;

bridges and surroundings, main

roads’ junctions and intersections

expose forefront in the analysis.

Meanwhile, reduction of accidents

was drawn attention. Yandex

Navigation has determined the

best and worst traffic condition

of mega cities. Mapping traffic

schemes of 5 mega cities, Yandex

also measured traffic jam degrees

in both weekdays and weekends.

The most intensive days are

Wednesday and Friday in Istanbul

according to the analyze of

Yandex, the most intensified

hours are rush hours in morning

and evening, also Saturday drew

attention in terms of traffic jam.

Megacity Istanbul featured as the

most intensified traffic, especially

evening rush hours of weekdays.

The traffic congestion increased in

Wednesday and Friday more.

Traffic jam in Izmir became

higher than Istanbul in noon


According to weekly and daily

analyze of Yandex, the most traffic

jam happened in the western

province of Izmir following

Istanbul. Also traffic jam in Izmir

between 12:00 – 15:00 pm left

Istanbul behind. Antalya featured

one of livable cities in terms of

traffic jam. Following Istanbul and

Izmir, Ankara and Bursa ranked

in classification in traffic jam. As

traffic jam remains some lesser in

Ankara than Izmir, In Bursa, traffic

congestion goes to raise beginning

from Friday evening.

Traffic accidents in Istanbul

reduced in the last one year

Having record traffic congestion

in Istanbul, so, the traffic accidents

were inevitably experienced in this

city more than other megacities.

Yandex analyzed traffic accident

points. Comparing the years 2015

with 2016 and 2016 with 2017, the

accident reduction was observed

in noteworthy rate according to

traffic accident analyze. As accident

increases in spring and summer

seasons, reduces in fall and winter

according to the analysis.

70 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

TEMSA Enjoys Happiness Of

Winning Awards

Continuing to crown its production and development processes with

awards, TEMSA ranked atop in automotive category in the 6th Private

Sector R & D and Design Centers Summit

Crowning its successes with

awards in production and

improvement processes, TEMSA

took place atop in the automotive

category of the 6th Private Sector

R & D and Design Centers Summit.

Earlier TEMSA has also owned

of first award in the category of

“Innovation Cycle” in the scope of

Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Sabancı Holding and TEMSA

management enjoy happiness of

winning awards one after the other.

Guler Sabanci, Chairman of Sabanci

Holding took the award of TEMSA

which was first award winning in

“Innovation Cycle” category in the

6th edition of Turkey’s Innovation

and Entrepreneurship Week from

the Turkish President Recep Tayyip

Erdogan. Following this success,

a new award came from the 6th

Private Sector R & D and Design

Centers Summit.

Having organized by the Turkish

Ministry of Science, Industry and

Technology, the 6th Private Sector

and R & D and Design Centers

Summit was held at Ankara

Congresium under theme of “R & D

and Development by Innovation”.

In the scope of the event in which

328 R & D centers contested in 6

main categories, the giants of R &

D and innovation firms showed off

their technologies. TEMSA achieved

to possess the top award in the

automotive sector category. Hasan

Yildirim, Director General of TEMSA,

received the award from Dr. Faruk

Ozlu, Minister of Science, Industry

and Technology.

“As every award makes us happy

also loads responsibility”

About the issue, Hasan Yildirim

said; “It is time to enjoy proud and

happiness very intensive. As every

award loads a huge energy onto

us to rush towards new successes;

together with these awards our

responsibility increase too. We

are in excitement working for the

future of our country. In recent

days, Guler Sabanci, head of

our holding received the award

of InnovaLig from our President

Erdogan. Soon after, stating his

admirations regarding travelling

on our electric bus made us very

happy. Now once again we have

been in happiness of winning a

new award. Through supports of

Sabanci Holding TEMSA goes on

to run from one after the other

success. Every year we transfer

4% of our turnover to TEMSA R

& D center with 200 staffs. Our

engineers work day and night to

develop products to add valueadded

to our country’s future. As

we get these efforts’ results with

deserving awards in the home

we also support to the country

economy via our exports worth

$190 million per annum. This is

not the first award of TEMSA R & D

center as well. Our R & D center

has previously taken award in ‘The

best application examples’. We will

continue to work without getting

fed up, tired. We will also win new

awards. In 2018, we will enjoy

happiness of celebrating our 50th


72 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Transport Now Biggest Source

Of US Climate Emissions

“As the Trump administration plans to weaken emissions standards,

transport has taken over from power generation as the biggest source of

greenhouse gas emissions in the US”

Transport has taken over

from power generation as

the biggest source of greenhouse

gas emissions in the US – and the

situation is likely to get worse as

the Trump administration plans to

weaken emissions standards. T&E

says the policy will only damage

US carmakers. Transport has

been the single biggest emitter of

greenhouse gases in Europe since


America’s coal-fired power stations

have for years been the main

contributor to US climate changing

emissions, but with coal being

phased out in favour of natural

gas and renewable energy, while

petrol remains cheap and freely

available, transport has now taken

over as the principal American

contributor of greenhouse gases

and air pollution.

Official figures published in

December show just under 1.9

billion tonnes of CO2 were emitted

from transport, up nearly 2% on the

previous year. Transport’s overall

total has been higher, but over

the period 2005-16 it has generally

been around 80% of electricity

generation. For the first time,

electricity generation was lower at

just over 1.8 billion tonnes, and its

CO2 emissions are now regularly

below transport for the first time

since the late 1970s.

Far from tackling the fact that

transport now accounts for 25%

of US greenhouse gas emissions,

the current policy direction in

Washington is to weaken emissions

regulations. While Scott Pruitt,

Donald Trump’s appointment as

head of the US Environmental

Protection Agency (EPA), has

overseen the cancellation of clean

truck standards, Republicans

in Congress are attempting to

replace state and federal limits

with a single emissions standard,

which environmental groups say

will lead to a watering down of


T&E’s clean fuels director, Greg

Archer, said: ‘Leaving aside the

madness of tearing up rules

that limit polluting and climatechanging

emissions that directly

affect millions of Americans, the

Trump administration’s approach is

seriously bad for American business.

How will US carmakers be able

to compete internationally with

vehicles that don’t meet standards

in most of the developed world?

Letting them off the hook in terms

of inefficiency may help carmakers

sell slightly more cars in the US, but

it damages them internationally.’

Another factor in boosting

transport’s emissions is that the

cost of fuel in the US is significantly

cheaper than in Europe and the

rest of the world. Average prices

for December 2017 showed a litre

of unleaded petrol costing €1.31

in Europe, €0.61 in America, and

€1.21 as an average for the whole


Air quality in American cities has

improved considerably over the

past five decades, driven in large

part by vehicle emissions standards

that have progressively been

tightened by the EPA. However,

America’s market for large cars has

lead to highly inefficient passenger

vehicles. Progress was being made

through fuel economy standards,

but in March the EPA abandoned

a deal agreed between the Obama

administration and carmakers that

required new cars to consume just

4.3 litres per 100km by 2025.

76 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

TurkTraktor Has Production

Vision In World Class

TurkTraktor has achieved featuring a Bronze Factory with its production

model in World Class Manufacturing (WCM) at the end of inspections for

basic process

TurkTraktor has achieved

featuring a Bronze Factory

with its production model in World

Class Manufacturing (WCM) at the

end of inspections for basic process

such as workplace organization,

work safety, quality, cost,

maintenance, logistic, environment

and energy at its plant in Sakarya.

TurkTraktor continues to improve

and promote its production power

in a planned manner.

TurkTraktor plant in the district

of Erenler, Sakarya, where all

departments work in a coordinated

way with each other with goal to

raise standards in a great harmony

and deserved to obtain the title

‘Bronze Factory’ at the end of these


Reaching this level in three years

following its inauguration, the plant

in the district of Erenler has made a

different breakthrough. TurkTraktor

plant has reached the title ‘Bronze

Factory’ in November 2016.

Marco Votta, Director General

of TurkTraktor, said; “WCM has

brought a different point of view

to the methods which have

developed from changing needs

of different times for production

in the world class. The zero fault,

zero accident, zero interruption,

zero loss and waste via this point of

view help both to raise the product

quality and ensure cost quality

balance. As the leading producer

of the agricultural sector, we work

in line with a systematic target with

this methodology.”

A worldwide discipline and

quality understanding

Providing very high increases in

productivity, quality, work safety

indicators in the scope of WCM,

the plant of TurkTraktor in Erenler

will continue its works to sustain

its leader position reflecting

its consistent improvement

understanding with the projects to

be commissioned in the upcoming


Marco Votta concluded, “We are

a leading firm having first R & D

center, making production in the

sector. With tractor production

in different brands such as New

Holland, Case IH and Steyr ranging

from 48 hp to 140 hp at the plants

in Ankara and Erenler, we achieve

sales both in the home and market

abroad. In order to sustain such a

great operation in a competitive

condition and keep our leadership,

we have transformed this

methodology into a life style. With

over 1000 employees our plant in

Erenler has reached its performance

indicators to a significant level

with systematic work safety

application, improving quality and

cost, offered suggestions by our

employees to progress processes

and Kaizen activities which are

recovering process having entered

by our employees into force.

Having completed this formidable

inspection and pointing process

with ‘Bronze Factory’ is an example

of our successes achieving with

worldwide discipline and quality

understanding. As for achieving

this level in a record time is a source

of proud for us as a biggest proof

of our employees who internalized

nonstop improving philosophy.

78 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

TOFAS To Boost Performance

In 2018

“The Turkish automotive sector has achieved historical high of production

with the number of nearly 1,7 million units” Cengiz Eroldu, CEO of Tofas

Cengiz Eroldu, CEO of Tofas,

assessing the year 2017

and said “I think the sector has

performed a steady performance.

The domestic automotive market is

closing nearly with the number of

1 million units paralleling last year’s

level. I find this volume - to which

the market reached – noteworthy

regarding putting forward of

the Turkish automotive market


Highlighting both production and

exports of the automotive sector

had continued, Eroldu recorded;

“The Turkish automotive sector

has achieved historical high of

production with the number of

1,7 million units. The growth is

also seen in the sector exports the

similar with last year. According

to the expectation of the Turkish

Automotive Manufacturers

Association (OSD), the sector

exports would become worth

$28,5 billion for the year 2017. In

addition to units based exports,

the Turkish automotive industry

has become home for the models

which compete in the world


Indicating they as Tofas, had

sustained its position as a

leading establishments of the

sector in 2017, he continued;

“In the production, as we have

accomplished the number of 5,5

million vehicles in the production

since the beginning to date, last

July we exported our 2,5 millionth

vehicle. We achieved 20 percent

of the total sector exports via our

Egea project which we have

commissioned nearly two years

ago with the investment worth $1

billion being demanded from both

the home and market abroad and

we also maintained our production

leadership during the year with

ongoing successful performance of

Doblo and Fiorino.”

About the domestic market sales,

he said, “We foresee the sales

number about 120 thousand with

Fiat, Fiat Professional, Alfa Romeo,

Jeep, Ferrari and Maserati brands.

We feel a great pleasing regarding

Fiat Egea sustaining its most

preferred automobile feature. As for

another issue, we give importance

to our sales performance from the

domestic production. 90 percent

of our sales in the domestic market

composed of the vehicles we

manufacture at our plant that we

have been leading position in this

field in the sector. R & D studies

were on our focus in 2017 as well.

Our patent number showed 400

percent rise in last 3 years. In the

row of Joint Research Center under

the roof of European Commission,

we rank at first line from Turkey for

the consecutive 3 years due to our

investments made in R & D.”

2018 General Outlook

“In 2018, slightly setback can

happen in the domestic market.

But I believe the market has settled

on 950 thousand – 1 million levels

and this level approximately would

be kept. As for production and

exports, I think, we will accomplish

the same performance with last

year in 2018. In conclusion, the

Turkish automotive industry will

maintain featuring the locomotive

of the Turkish economy in 2018

too. As Tofas, we aim to boost our

performance in 2018 over previous

year,” Eroldu concluded.

80 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Sales Of Luxury Automobiles

Plunge 2.3%

The sales of the luxury and ultra-luxury vehicles in decreased 2.3 percent

to 26,969 units in 2017, according to the data from Turkish Automotive

Distributors Association (ODD)

The Turkish ultra-luxury

vehicle market continued

to constrict in 2017 because of

rise of foreign currency rates and

regulation enacted in special

consumption tax. The sales of

vehicles in F segment decreased

15.3 percent to 4,270 units in 2017

over the year 2016.

According to the data from

Automotive Distributors Association

(ODD), the sales of F segment,

the luxury and ultra-luxury vehicles

over 2000cc decreased 2.3

percent to 26,969 units in 2017

over the previous year. In 2016,

the sales of E and F segment

vehicles were 27,599 units. While

the sales increased 0.6 percent to

22,699 units in luxury vehicles over

the last year, as for the ultra-luxury

vehicles plunged 15.3 percent to

4,270 units. In 2016, the sales of

luxury vehicles were 22,558, in

ultra-luxury vehicles were 5,041

units. Ultra-luxury vehicles dropped

3.9 percent and luxury vehicles 3.7

percent in 2016.

BMW, the bestseller models

In the luxury vehicle segment,

the bestseller model was MBW 5

with the number of 7,964 units in

2017. This vehicle was followed by

Mercedes Benz E with 6,039 and

then Audi A6 with 2,674 units.

While BMW X5 model in ultraluxury

leading with 767 units,

BMW X5 was followed by Volvo

XC 90 model with 606 vehicle,

Range Rover Sport model with

550 vehicles and Mercedes-Benz S

with 357 units. In this ultra-luxury

segment, Alfa Romeo 4C model,

Audi R8 Model and Honda NSX

models were sold only one unit for

each model.

25 Aston Martin sold

Aston Martin sold 25 automobiles

in F segment featuring ultra-luxury

last year. Bentley sold 16, Ferrari

16, Lamborghini 7 and Maserati 76


In terms of total of E and F segment;

670 Porsches, 283 Jaguars, 258

Jeeps, 167 Subarus, 98 Toyotas,

63 Volkswagens, 48 Fords, 45

Lexus, 29 Ssangyong, 15 Seats,

5 Alfa Romeos, 5 Hyundai and

4 Mitsubishis were sold. E and F

segment of Infiniti was not sold last


BMW atop, Mercedes second

Last year the bestseller model in

luxury and ultra-luxury was BMW

with 9,408 units. This was followed

by Mercedes Benz with 8,264, Audi

with 3,467, Volvo with 2,119 and

Land Rover with 1,879 units.

In 2016, the sales of BMW were

9,318; the sales of Mercedes Benz

were 8,488, Audi with 3,501 and

Land Rover with 2,108 vehicles

respectively in luxury and ultraluxury

class in the Turkish market.

82 JANUARY 2018

Monthly automotive aftermarket magazine

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi To

Invest $1Billion Over 5 Years

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance announced a new corporate venture

capital fund that plans to invest up to $1 billion to support open innovation

over the next five years

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the

world’s leading automotive

alliance, announced the launch of

Alliance Ventures, a new corporate

venture capital fund that plans to

invest up to $1 billion to support open

innovation over the next five years.

In its first year, the fund expects to

invest up to $200 million in start-ups

and open innovation partnerships

with technology entrepreneurs

focused on new mobility, including

vehicle electrification, autonomous

systems, connectivity and artificial


With further annual investments,

Alliance Ventures is set to become the

largest corporate venture capital fund

in the automotive industry over the

period of Alliance 2022, the strategic

midterm plan launched last year by


Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief

executive officer of Renault-Nissan-

Mitsubishi, said: “Our open innovation

approach will allow us to invest and

collaborate with start-up companies

and technology entrepreneurs, who

will benefit from the global scale of

the Alliance. This new fund reflects the

collaborative spirit and entrepreneurial

mind-set at the heart of the Alliance.”

The new fund is unique because it

offers potential partners access to the

global scale and scope of Renault-

Nissan-Mitsubishi, which sold more

than 10 million vehicles in 2017

through 10 separate brands with

a presence in all major automotive


Alliance Ventures will invest in startups

to bring new technologies and

businesses to the Alliance while

ensuring a fair financial return. The

fund will make strategic investments

at all start-up stages and will incubate

both new automotive entrepreneurs

and forge new partnerships.

The first deal by Alliance Ventures

will be a strategic investment in Ionic

Materials, a promising US-based

company which is developing solidstate

cobalt-free battery materials.

The equity acquisition coincides with

the execution of a joint-development

agreement with the Alliance for

the purpose of R&D cooperation.

Ionic, based in Massachusetts, is

the developer of a pioneering solid

polymer electrolyte that enables

improved performance and cost

effectiveness of high-energy density

batteries for automotive and multiple

other applications.

By making such investments, Alliance

Ventures will help identify and support

the development of new technologies

for potential use by Alliance members.

Such initiatives are aligned with the

objectives of Alliance 2022, which

aims to strengthen cooperation and

to double the annualized synergies

generated by Renault, Nissan and

Mitsubishi Motors to more than €10

billion by the end of 2022.

The $200 million initial venture

capital investment comes in addition

to more than €8.5 billion in total

annual research and development

investments by the Alliance members.

Alliance Ventures will be led by

François Dossa, who has over 20

years of experience in investment

banking, plus six years of experience

within the Alliance, most recently, as

chief executive officer of Nissan Brazil.

The Alliance Ventures team will also

draw on the expertise and business

opportunities identified by a Cross-

Functional Team of experts from

Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi.

This initiative complements the Alliance

strategy to seek incremental revenues,

cost savings and cost-avoidance

in areas including electrification,

autonomous drive systems and

vehicle connectivity. By the end of

its strategic plan, the Alliance will

launch 12 pure electric models,

utilizing common EV platforms and

components, while also bringing to

market 40 vehicles with autonomous

drive technology and developing

robo-vehicle ride-hailing services.

Alliance Ventures will define innovation

areas and geographic markets for

investment, working with existing

research and advanced engineering

teams, and will recruit venture capital

experts to develop the platform. It is

expected to be co-located in Silicon

Valley, Paris, Yokohama and Beijing,

close to the technology and research

centers of the Alliance member

companies, as well as to areas with

strong innovation ecosystems.

Renault (40%), Nissan (40%) and

Mitsubishi Motors (20%) will jointly

fund the entity, which will have a

dedicated investment committee

to make investment decisions and

monitor their performance.

“This investment initiative is designed

to attract the world’s most promising

automotive-technology start-ups to

the Alliance,” said Carlos Ghosn.

As part of the Alliance 2022 strategic

plan, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi

is forecasting that the combined

revenues of its member companies

will reach $240 billion and that annual

unit sales will exceed 14 million by the

end of 2022.

84 JANUARY 2018

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