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Turkey’s progress in production of a new domestic car based on Saab 9-3 platform

Turkish EV test car based on Saab 9-3

Turkey is making progress on its plans produce its own domestic car model based on Saab 9-3 Platform and targets annual output of 1.5 million vehicles, Industry Minister Faruk Ozlu told Reuters on Friday.

The automotive sector is important to Turkey, with production rising 16 percent to a record 1.359 million vehicles last year, but the vehicles are made by foreign companies, some in joint ventures with Turkish companies.

Electric engine comeprtment in Turkeys Saab based EV

Electric engine compartment in Turkey Saab based EV

We want a global auto brand, not a domestic car,” Ozlu said in the capital Ankara.

The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) has been working on a domestic automobile based on the Saab 9-3 Platform, acquiring a license from carmaker NEVS worth 40 million euros for production of the vehicle.

Interior of Turkish test EV car based on Saab 9-3 platform

Interior of Turkish test EV car based on Saab 9-3 platform

Özlü said Turkey’s current infrastructure is efficient enough to design and produce a vehicle, but the main point is how to introduce and market it. “We are working on the issue of domestic car business model. The business model is very important.

Detail from EV the instrument table

Detail from EV the instrument table

Also, he added – By the end of the year, Turkey will have a 30-40 test cars based on Saab platform (Epsilon I Sweden platform or Phoenix 1.x).

Turkish ex-minister standing next to Epsilon platform

Turkish ex-minister standing next to Epsilon platform

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