PM: Turkey to speed up its domestic car production process
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 20
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey will speed up its domestic car production process, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, TRT Haber TV channel reported.
According to Erdogan, Turkey is currently producing unmanned aerial vehicles, armoured vehicles and the country's economy is able to produce domestic cars.
Turkey will prepare a package of measures to stimulate the production of domestic cars, Turkish Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Nihat Ergun said earlier.
According to the minister, Turkey has a great deal of experience in car production, but has not produced a domestic one to date.
Turkey ranks sixth in car production in Europe. The country produces or assembles Ford, FIAT, Renault, Toyota, Honda, Opel, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and MAN cars. Moreover, Turkey manufactures BMC, Temsa and Otokar buses.
According to the Turkish Statistics Institute (TUİK), the number of vehicles operating in the country reached 17,653,281.
The report said some 51.4 per cent of vehicles are cars, 16.4 per cent - trucks, 15.3 per cent - motorcycles, 8.7 per cent - tractors, 1.4 per cent - buses and 6.8 per cent different vehicles.
The report also said that some 41.5 per cent of cars use liquefied gas as fuel, 31.9 per cent use petrol and 26.1 per cent use diesel fuel.