Turkey Friday hit a landmark in automobile industry , unveiling its first fully domestically-produced car.
The project has been a revolutionary goal of president Erdogan and his ruling party , to demonstrate country’s growing economic power.
Turkey aims to eventually produce up to 175,000 of these electric cars a year with the project cost estimated to be around 22 billion lira.
Turkish president Recep Tayyep Erdogan, speaking at the unveiling ceremony said that Turkey aims to flourish as an international brand for selling automobile while also introducing it to the locals. He mentioned the unveiling as a “60 year-old dream” while stating his desire to see the cars on the roads soon.
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 indicated the infrastructure to support electric cars in the country would be ready nationwide by 2022.