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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey unveiled its first fully domestically-produced car on Friday, saying it aimed to eventually produce up to 175,000 a year of the electric vehicle in a project expected to cost 22 billion lira ($3.7 billion) over 13 years.
The project has been a long-time goal of President Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party as a demonstration of the country’s growing economic power.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, Erdogan said Turkey aimed not only to sell the car domestically but also wanted it to become a global brand, starting with Europe.
“We’re all together witnessing Turkey’s 60-year-old dream become reality,” he said, referring to failed plans in the past to build a fully home-produced car. “When we see this car on roads around the whole world, we will have reached our goal.”
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 said the charging infrastructure for electric cars would be ready nationwide by 2022.
The new project, launched in October, will receive state support such as tax breaks, and establish a production facility in the automotive hub of Bursa in northwest Turkey, according to a presidential decision in the country’s Official Gazette.
Five models of the car will be produced, the statement said, adding the government had guaranteed to buy 30,000 of the vehicles by 2035.
Erdogan first revealed plans in November 2017 here to launch a car made entirely in Turkey by 2021.
The consortium, called Turkey’s Automobile Initiative Group (TOGG), was established in mid 2018 by five industrial groups: Anadolu Group, BMC, Kok Group, mobile phone operator Turkcell (TCELL.IS) and Zorlu Holding, the parent of TV maker Vestel (VESTL.IS).
TOGG’s CEO is former Bosch executive Gurcan Karakas and its chief operating officer is Sergio Rocha, former General Motors Korea chief executive. It said it would begin production in 2022 with compact SUVs.
In October, Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) said it had postponed a final decision on whether to build a car plant in Turkey amid international criticism of an October Turkish military operation in Syria.
($1 = 5.9339 liras)
Additional reporting by Ebru Tuncay; Writing by Daren Butler and Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Jonathan Spicer and Mark Potter
NewsWire of Reuters and Picture by AP not changed or edited by World Auto Forum
TOKYO (Reuters) – Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) has selected executive officer Hideyuki Sakamoto as a candidate for the board of directors, the company said on Friday, following the surprise resignation of vice-chief operating officer Jun Seki earlier this week.
Sakamoto, who was named an executive officer in June and has been an executive vice president since 2014, is responsible for manufacturing and supply chain management at Japan’s No. 2 automaker. Nissan will hold an extraordinary shareholder meeting on Feb. 18, where his appointment will be among proposals submitted for approval, it said in a press release.
The carmaker did not say whether Sakamoto would take on Seki’s responsibilities.
Nissan needs stability as it braces for its worst annual profit in 11 years amid slumping sales in the United States and China, its biggest markets. The company is also working to repair ties with top shareholder and alliance partner Renault SA (RENA.PA), which deteriorated following the ouster of joint chairman Carlos Ghosn a year ago.
(Reuters) – Tesla Inc entered into agreements with lenders in China for a secured term loan facility of up to 9 billion yuan ($1.29 billion), according to a regulatory filing on Thursday.
The electric car maker said it has also signed agreements for an unsecured revolving loan facility of up to 2.25 billion yuan, adding that both the loans will be used for its Shanghai car plant. (bit.ly/2tU35dI)
China Construction Bank Corp, Agricultural Bank of China, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China are the lenders, according to the filing.
Besides construction and production at the Shanghai factory, the loan may also be used to repay the 3.5 billion yuan debt due to be repaid on March 4 next year.
The factory, which is Tesla’s first car manufacturing site outside the United States, is the centerpiece of its ambitions to boost sales in the world’s biggest auto market and avoid higher import tariffs imposed on U.S.-made cars.
Reuters reported earlier this week that Tesla and a group of China banks had agreed to a new 10 billion yuan, five-year loan facility for the automaker’s Shanghai car plant, citing sources familiar with the matter.
Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta
NewsWire of Reuters not changed or edited by World Auto Forum
S Muralidharan President Lucas Indian Service inducted at Global Hall of Fame at World Auto Forum for his contributions to Automotive Eco System at India & the World
The Ceremony was held as part of the 5th IVASS- India Vehicle After Sales Summit at NCR- Delhi recently. There were Auto Maker After Sales Heads, their teams & Dealers, Independent Garage Owners, Parts Makers, Distributors, Service Providers, Shared Mobility Providers, Telematics Co and IT Geeks in the Room.
Mr. S Muralidharan is a doyen of the Auto Industry with decades of experience of building organisations, leading teams and grooming leaders.
He has one of the best education the country or the world can offer. He attended Loyola School Jamshedpur, IIT Kharagpur and IIM Bangalore.
BEIJING/PARIS (Reuters) – China’s Dongfeng Motor Group (0489.HK) and Peugeot maker PSA (PEUP.PA) are extending their business cooperation, despite the Chinese company reducing its stake in PSA to help smooth the French carmaker’s merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).
Dongfeng said on Thursday it had agreed with PSA to extend the duration of their joint venture Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobiles (DPCA).
Under the deal, the venture could get the rights to PSA’s new brands in China and will benefit from new technologies and intellectual properties, the Chinese company said.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Chinese automakers Great Wall Motor and Changan Automobile are accelerating plans to build cars in India after the initial success of rival SAIC Motor in one of the world’s biggest markets, three sources said.
Great Wall, one of the biggest sellers of sports-utility vehicles (SUV) in China, expects to secure a production site in the first half of 2020, likely a General Motors plant in Maharashtra, a source familiar with Great Wall’s plans said.
Mumbai, 20th December 2019 : Over the next fifteen months, a number of key leaders at Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. will be retiring. In light of that, and in pursuance of the highest standards of corporate governance, over the past one year the Governance, Nomination & Remuneration Committee (GNRC) of the Board has completed a structured and rigorous review of top management succession, which has now been ratified by the Board of Directors. These changes include the following:
by World Auto Forum Editorial Team
World Auto Forum organised the 5th IVASS – India Vehicle After Sales Summit on Sat 14 Dec 2019 at Radisson Gurugram Udyog Vihar.
Top After Sales Heads & Teams from Hyundai Motor India, Fiat Chrysler India, TVS Motor Co, Hero MotoCorp, Tata Motors CVBU and PVBU, their Dealers and Suppliers in the room
By WAF Think Tank
Mr S N Barman, the Industry Stalwart, has spent close to quarter of a century in the Automotive Industry. He is an IIT Graduate. Extremely focussed, experienced and result oriented professional.
As he moves on from Tata Motors PVBU, he leaves a great legacy behind at the organisation. He has been instrumental in the turnaround of Tata Motor PVBU. Under his aegis, products like Nexon, Harrier, Tiago & Tigor were launched which completely transformed the image and the market performance of Tata Motors in the Highly competitive Car market.