One of every two vehicles exported abroad is from Kocaeli

In the January-September period, 687 thousand 966 vehicles were exported from Turkiye. Half of these vehicles came out of the factories established in Kocaeli.

The “industrial city” Kocaeli contributes to the country’s economy with its huge investments in the automotive sector, one of Turkiye’s largest export items.

In addition to the main manufacturers such as Ford Otosan, Hyundai Assan and Anadolu Isuzu, the city, where supplier industry companies such as tire industry, cord fabric, plastic, rubber and paint operate, ranks at the top of the sector’s production and export figures on a unit basis.

According to the information compiled by the AA correspondent from the Automotive Industry Association data, the Turkish automotive industry produced 962,18 vehicles in the January-September period, excluding tractors.

The total production amount, which was recorded as 380 thousand 641 units in the 9-month period of last year at the plants of Ford Otosan, Hyundai Assan and Anadolu Isuzu in Kocaeli, increased by 10.3 percent to 420 thousand 30 units in the same period of this year. This figure constituted 43.6 percent of the sector’s total production.

The destinations of 346,930, which correspond to 82.5 percent of the vehicles produced in the automotive factories in the city, were recorded as foreign locations. Export performance increased by 9 percent compared to the same period of 2021.

The share of vehicles produced in Kocaeli and sold abroad was 50 percent in Turkiye’s 687 thousand 966 automotive exports. In other words, one out of every two vehicles exported by Turkiye left the factories in Kocaeli.

The highest production is from Ford Otosan

Ford Otosan took the first place in production and export among the companies in the city. This company was followed by Hyundai Assan and Anadolu Isuzu.

Ford Otosan produced a total of 264 thousand 307 vehicles, including 3 thousand 622 cars, 224 thousand 600 pickup trucks, 36 thousand 85 minibuses, in its factories in Golcuk and Basiskele during the 9 months of the year. The company sent 214 thousand 356 of the vehicles it downloaded from the tape abroad.

Carrying out the production of passenger-type i10, i20, BAYON and i20 N models in its factory in Izmit, Hyundai Assan produced 152,300 units in the January-September period. The company exported 132 thousand 58 vehicles, which corresponds to 87% of its production.

Anadolu Isuzu also produced 3,423 units and exported 516 units at its facilities in Cayirova.

Source: NTV / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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