Turkey’s total automotive production rises 8 pct
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
AA photoTotal automotive production in Turkey rose 8 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months of 2016, according to a monthly Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD) report released on Dec. 14.
The OSD said automakers in the country manufactured nearly 1,377,000 units, including passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and tractors, during the January-November 2016 period, while passenger car production increased by 18 percent to hit 844,000 in the same period.
According to the OSD report, total production for the January-November period has never been so high.
The overall auto sales market (including light trucks and other vehicles) increased by 2 percent to 863,000 compared to the previous year.
Meanwhile, total car sales reached 649,000, showing a 6 percent increase. The sales of the imported automobiles and the domestically produced cars increased 7 and 4 percent, respectively.
The OSD report also revealed that automotive industry exports rose 14 percent in quantity to nearly 1 million in the first 11 months of 2016 compared to the same period last year.
Of the $21.9 billion total amassed from automotive exports, $7.3 billion came from the automotive sector.
The world’s most prominent automotive producers, such as Toyota, Renault, Fiat and Ford, conduct manufacturing operations in Turkey, which is one the world’s top auto sale markets.