Turkey introduces the fully-domestic TOGG

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Although the Turks have been operating assembly-plants for other companies for some time now, here is their first fully-domestic-produced vehicle.....the all-electric TOGG.

IMO the rear end looks like a Lincoln SUV, and the front end more or less like a Hyundai.






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Turkey unveils first fully homemade car in $3.7 billion bet on electric
It bears the TOGG brand name

REUTERS

Dec 27th 2019 at 10:53AM
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ISTANBUL — Turkey unveiled its first fully domestically-produced car on Friday, saying it aimed to eventually produce up to 175,000 a year of the electric vehicle in a project expected to cost 22 billion lira ($3.7 billion) over 13 years.
The project has been a long-time goal of President Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party as a demonstration of the country's growing economic power.




Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Erdogan said Turkey aimed not only to sell the car domestically but also wanted it to become a global brand, starting with Europe.
"We're all together witnessing Turkey's 60-year-old dream become reality," he said, referring to failed plans in the past to build a fully home-produced car. "When we see this car on roads around the whole world, we will have reached our goal."
Following his speech, a red SUV model of the car and another grey sedan one were raised onto the stage, sporting the TOGG label of the consortium that is building them.
Erdogan said the charging infrastructure for electric cars would be ready nationwide by 2022.
Turkey is already a big exporter to Europe of cars made domestically by firms such as Ford, FiatChrysler, Renault, Toyota and Hyundai.
The new project, launched in October, will receive state support such as tax breaks, and establish a production facility in the automotive hub of Bursa in northwest Turkey, according to a presidential decision in the country's Official Gazette.
Five models of the car will be produced, the statement said, adding the government had guaranteed to buy 30,000 of the vehicles by 2035.
Erdogan first revealed plans in November 2017 to launch a car made entirely in Turkey by 2021.
The consortium, called Turkey's Automobile Initiative Group (TOGG), was established in mid 2018 by five industrial groups: Anadolu Group, BMC, Kok Group, mobile phone operator Turkcell and Zorlu Holding, the parent of TV maker Vestel.
TOGG's CEO is former Bosch executive Gurcan Karakas and its chief operating officer is Sergio Rocha, former General Motors Korea chief executive. It said it would begin production in 2022 with compact SUVs.
In October, Volkswagen said it had postponed a final decision on whether to build a car plant in Turkey amid international criticism of an October Turkish military operation in Syria.
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Although the Turks have been operating assembly-plants for other companies for some time now, here is their first fully-domestic-produced vehicle.....the all-electric TOGG.
I'm surprised that a reputable and knowledgeable news outlet like Reuters would get that so wrong and that so many other press outfits would blindly parrot that claim. TOGG is far from being Turkey's first attempt at indigenous, independent car production. I'm old enough to remember the Otosan Anadol that was introduced in 1966. The initial Anadol A1 was engineered by the U.K.'s Reliant (a company most infamous for the 3-wheel Robin that constantly rolls over in many a Top Gear episode). The company built a series of models and even dabbled in rally racing and Wankel (rotary} engine research. The last Anadol passenger car was built in 1986, at which point the factory became Ford's Turkish assembly plant. The very last Anadol was actually the Otosan 500 Pick-Up built until 1991. The Wikipedia Anadol page has the full story.

And it turns out that Otosan Anadol wasn't even the first attempt at a wholly Turkish car, either. That Wikipedia article led me to another one on the Devrim, a 1961 effort that died after only 4 cars were built.
 

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I'm surprised that a reputable and knowledgeable news outlet like Reuters would get that so wrong and that so many other press outfits would blindly parrot that claim. TOGG is far from being Turkey's first attempt at indigenous, independent car production. I'm old enough to remember the Otosan Anadol that was introduced in 1966. The initial Anadol A1 was engineered by the U.K.'s Reliant (a company most infamous for the 3-wheel Robin that constantly rolls over in many a Top Gear episode). The company built a series of models and even dabbled in rally racing and Wankel (rotary} engine research. The last Anadol passenger car was built in 1986, at which point the factory became Ford's Turkish assembly plant. The very last Anadol was actually the Otosan 500 Pick-Up built until 1991. The Wikipedia Anadol page has the full story.

And it turns out that Otosan Anadol wasn't even the first attempt at a wholly Turkish car, either. That Wikipedia article led me to another one on the Devrim, a 1961 effort that died after only 4 cars were built.

Sounds like the Anadol, though, wasn't wholly Turkish if it was partly-designed by a British firm.
 

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Sounds like the Anadol, though, wasn't wholly Turkish if it was partly-designed by a British firm.
The "wholly Turkish" design part is true if you're only looking at the engineering and powertrain aspects (and it is a lot easier to engineer a battery-electric vehicle like the TOGG than one with an internal-combustion engine), but the exterior (and interior?) design/styling isn't wholly Turkish. Much as the first Anadol was styled by British styling consultancy Ogle (and stillborn Anadols were styled by Marcello Gandini and Bertone), multiple reports suggest that the TOGG was styled at least in part by the Italo-Indian Pininfarina.
 

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it will sell a lot in mid east, N.Africa & post soviet countries also Iran
 

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it will sell a lot in mid east, N.Africa & post soviet countries also Iran
How's the charging infrastructure in the Middle East and North Africa? I think sales would depend on that a lot, and I have no data about how things are there.
 

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in GCC not so much with exception to UAE & QATAR both start making a lot of electric charging infrastructure
in Morocco as well as Algeria they keep building solar plants and same goes to Egypt which may get the biggest and most powerful solar plants in Africa and mid east, also i start viewing at least 4 quick charging stations in greater Cairo alone, and i think the number will keep moving up as they delete all extra fees on electric cars with 0 taxes and customs
 
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Erdogan showcased the SUV and sedan models of the car, known for now as TOGG after a consortium of Turkish companies that will produce them, at a ceremony in Gebze, in Turkey's northwestern industrial heartland. shareit vidmate
 

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Erdogan showcased the SUV and sedan models of the car, known for now as TOGG after a consortium of Turkish companies that will produce them, at a ceremony in Gebze, in Turkey's northwestern industrial heartland

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