The Turkish car market is set to end 2011 as the fifth biggest in Europe, overtaking Spain, with sales of 900,000 vehicles.
A total of 1.2 million cars were assembled in Turkey this year using mostly imported parts with Ford and Fiat the biggest names.
Now Turkey is talking about creating an all Turkish car. The government is encouraging companies to study what is needed to built Turkey’s first national car.
Jan Nahum, the boss of Karsan which makes commercial vehicles, is optimistic. He told euronews: “I am convinced that there will be more than one Turkish brand within the next ten years. It will come about through several methods, instead of a single business model. No doubt about it.”
Meanwhile the idea that there could be some Turkish delight for Saab has faded.
Just before Christmas there were reports of Turkish interest in buying the bankrupt Swedish carmaker and Saab’s chief executive Victor Muller did meet with Turkish diplomats in Stockholm.
But Turkish government officials said it was Muller who requested that meeting and they have no interests in buying Saab.