9/16/2009

Turkey will be the production base of electric cars

Bugun – Hurriyet - “Made in Turkey” vehicles took center stage at the automotive industry’s biggest annual exhibition, the 63rd International Frankfurt Motor Show, held in Frankfurt, Germany. Following Renault’s selection of its Bursa plant in Turkey for production of its new sedan, Fluence, Renault President Carlos Ghons said the company’s preferred production location remained the same for their first electric cars. Talking to reporters at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Ghons spoke of the importance of Turkey as a production base for electric vehicles, adding “We will start production of the electric-powered ZE Fluence in Turkey in 2011. Electric vehicles are expected to make up 10 percent of our sales by 2020. Turkey will be the production base for this market segment.” Other electric-powered vehicles representing the Turkish automotive industry also took their place at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Toyota’s Auris hybrid, produced in Sakarya, and Ford Connect’s electric-powered version, BEV, drew attention as two of the first serial produced electric cars in Turkey.

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