The start of Turkey's auto industry dates back to the early 1960s, with the first efforts to develop and produce the first Turkish-made passenger car.
During the period of industrialization and rapid progress, this key sector has transformed partnerships based on assembling automotive parts into a fully developed industry with significant design potential and capacity. With its commitment to and even surpassing global quality and safety standards, the Turkish automobile industry today has become the most efficient and competitive through its value-added production.
The automotive industry is one of the main locomotives of the manufacturing sector in Turkey: it is one of the main sources of employment in the country, providing employment for more than 400,000 people. It is also one of the largest sources of exports, accounting for 16% of total exports, and three out of every five major exporters work in the automotive industry.
In addition, the automotive sector plays a vital role in transferring superior production, knowledge and technological capabilities to Turkey; 50 of the 137 research and development centers in Turkey have been established by companies in the automotive industry.
The qualified workforce it employs to leverage technology is critical to other important strategic sectors in the country. More than a third of R & D staff in Turkey work in the automotive sector.
Continued development and increased competitiveness of the sector are therefore critical to the sustainable growth of the Turkish economy.
The Turkish government published an official document of the automotive sector strategy in February 2011 in a move to shape the future of the industry. The main objective of the document is to "enhance the global competitive strength of the automotive sector and transform it into a high-tech integrated system that contributes to increasing value added."
The document also sets out the actions necessary to ensure the achievement of this key objective. The main elements of this official strategy include the production of a local car, which is already under consideration. In the coming years, Turkey is to become one of the few countries to own its own brand.
These activities aim to raise R & D, improve design, and brand capabilities of companies, as well as further improvements to existing legislative, administrative and infrastructure systems.
Through this document and related activities, Turkey is not only preparing itself for fierce global competition in the coming years, but it is also emphasizing its commitments to the sector, which will certainly be felt by investors operating in Turkey.
The range of car manufacturer products in Turkey covers a wide range of small, medium and heavy trucks.