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» Year: 14 » Volume: 158 » February 2015

Auto Industry Cautiously Optimistic For 2015

EQUIP AUTO Algeria Opening Its Doors


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A Quarter Billion Connected Vehicles On Road By 2020

hey will enable new in-vehicle services and automated diving capabilities. These connected vehicles will form a major element of the internet of things, say representatives of the research agency Gartner Inc of Stamford, Conn., USA. During the next five years, the proportion of new vehicles equipped with this capability will increase dramatically, making connected cars a major element of the Internet of Things (IoT). Gartner forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020. “The connected car is already a reality, and in-vehicle wireless connectivity is rapidly expanding from luxury models and premium brands, to high-volume midmarket models,” said James F. Hines, research director at Gartner. “The increased consumption and formation of digital content within the vehicle will drive the need for more sophisticated infotainment systems, generating opportunities for application processors, graphics accelerators, displays and human-machine interface technologies,” said Mr. Hines. “At the same time, new concepts of mobility and vehicle usage will lead to

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new business models and expansion of alternatives to car ownership, especially in urban environments.” Gartner forecasts that about one in five vehicles on the road worldwide will have some form of wireless network connection by 2020, amounting to more than 250 million connected vehicles. The proliferation of vehicle connectivity will have implications across the major functional areas of telematics, automated driving, infotainment and mobility services.


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Number Of 4 Million New Vehicles Sold Turkish automobile and light commercial vehicle sector grew within past 5 years when made a comparison with the previous years except the years 2012 and 2014

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ithin last 5 years, the number of over 4 million new vehicles was sold in the Turkish domestic market. Of these vehicles, 2 million 911 thousand units were automobiles, 1 million 112 thousand units were light commercial vehicles. According to the data from Turkish Automotive Distributors’ Association (ODD), Turkish automobile and light commercial vehicle sector grew within last 5 years compared to the previous years except the years 2012 and 2014. In 2010, the number of 760,913 unit automobile and light commercial vehicle was sold increasing its sales 37 percent

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over the previous year. The figure surged 13 percent to 864,239 units in 2011 which was peak year in the sales of automobile and light commercial vehicles. In 2012, the sales were 777,761 units, in 2013 the number was 853,378, and in 2014 the sales of the automobile and light commercial vehicle were 767,681 units. The total number of sold new vehicles was 4 million 24 thousand 172 units within 5 years. The most automobile sales happened in 2013 with the number of 664,655 units. The year 2011 was the year in which the utmost light commercial vehicles were sold with the number of 270,920 units.


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Editor İbrahim Küpeli (ibrahim.kupeli@img.com.tr)

Global markets for global players

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s known, the Turkish auto parts industry has recorded a dynamic growth in line with the automotive industry. From simple components in the mid1960s, the sector has ascended to produce high-tech components. The exports by Turkish automotive sector have reached remarkable figures in the last decade. The automotive industry has been active since the early seventies. Since the full integration to the European Customs Union in 1994, Turkey has become a major production platform for global automotive manufacturers. The industry with its large capacity, wide variety of production and high standards, supports automotive industry production and the vehicles in Turkey and also has ample potential for additional exports. The leading foreign automotive parts manufacturers have established their presence in the country through joint-ventures. There has also been substantial locally-owned investments by spare parts manufacturers. The major effects are that: - Quality of production improved dramatically, especially through the establishment of quality management systems. - The industry has adapted to EU regulations and has established an efficient and exemplary cooperation with public institutions in the transformation of the EU regulations to national regulations and their implementation. - Exports have risen sharply, and Turkish production has been integrated into manufacturers’ global planning. The export potential of the automotive parts sector, coupled with the presence of major international automotive manufacturers, has attracted an increasing number of foreign investors. Key factors which attract foreign capital inflows to Turkey mainly include the market size, consumer composition, friendly investment legislation and liberal banking system together with other attractiveness arising from highly skilled human resources in production and management, the unsaturated domestic market with high potential, easy access to neighboring (regional) emerging markets, and low labor cost. The industry exhibit its full potential in major specialized fairs both at home and abroad. Our publications remain at the service of those businesses people seeking to increase their share in the increasingly competitive foreign markets. This month, we participate in EQUIP AUTO ALGERIA 2015 which signifies everything dedicated to equipment, spare parts and accessories for vehicles. We are convinced that the event in which we participate has turned out to be an ideal ground for the business people operating in the automotive business. We wish them lucrative trade.

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Second Hand Vehicle Market Up 8.6 Percent

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The number of 5 million 714 second hand vehicles changed owners in the first 11 months of 2014, according to the data from Automotive Distributors’ Association

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he second hand automotive market increased 8.6 percent to over 5 million in the first 11 months last year in Turkey. In 2014, the automotive market directed to the second hand market regarding increase in both foreign currencies and special excise tax. The most active month was last September in the second hand automotive market. In Turkey, the number of 5 million 714 second hand vehicles changed their owners in the first 11 months last year, according to the data from Automotive Distributors’ Association. Automobile and commercial vehicle market increased 9.7 percent to 4 million 583 thousand 528 units. Automobile market ranked atop with 75.2 percent and 3 million 445 thousand 606 units, small trucks followed the automobile market with 17.7 percent and 813 thousand 233 units. Last year, 149 thousand trucks, 124 thousand minibuses, 47 thousand buses, 255 thousand motorcycles, 162 thousand tractors were sold in the second hand market. Last September was the most dynamic month in the second hand automobile and commercial vehicle market with 476 thousand vehicles.

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Growing Competition & Innovative Mentality

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n order to contribute development of our country in heavy vehicle spare parts sales and marketing, our firm - which was established in 2010 by the support of automotive spare parts producers and spare parts distributors and acting internationally in this area - exports to 72 different countries. As Tekoto Automotive, we meet with our customers with Smarttech trademark in the industry of spare parts and original spare parts. Primarily in Kazakhstan, we have dealers in all Eastern Bloc countries. Being authority so as to manage sales of some brands’ marketing successfully such as (Waspo, Yumak, Konpar, Kanca, Meyle, KM Germany, Monark etc.) in both home and abroad, maintaining the efforts our firm has a strong stock power in its structure to be able to respond swiftly to the customers. Primarily the African continent, serving spare parts to many countries in the continents of Europe, Asia and America, Tekoto Automotive is boosting its sales power with every passing day thanks to its customers’ trust and sincerity and is reaching its growth targets step by step. Despite the global crisis across the world, Tekoto Automotive achieved 17 percent growth at the end of 2014. Persisting to take place in the market in an effective way with 48

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employees, our firm has also increased its investments. One of its investments is SMARTTECH LOGISTIC CENTER of which construction is continuing at Cerkezkoy Organized Industrial Zone on a land of 12 thousand sq meters to be able to serve its customers better. The works are continuing to allow this place to operate as of 15 September. At the same time, in order to be able to serve to our customers better, B2B Sales System has started its activities via our web page; we have provided topical use opportunity for our customers’ stock and current accounts. This system, which we have started to use, has caused to have been a positive distinction between our rivals and us, nowadays when a high competition is being experienced. Our firm continuously conducts new customer survey directed towards new countries in the area of heavy vehicle components, marketing and sales and always takes place at the international fairs in its area. Today, continuously shipping spare parts to many different countries across the world, also our firm imports spare parts from 9 countries. In the framework of Tekoto Automotive vision, our firm will be continuing its works full-speed ahead on the way to be an example firm, as well as making breakthrough to increase employment in the country by raising its sales and prestige power through country membership agreements (OYPG Automotive Renewing and Market Promotion).


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Automotive Market Increases In January Turkish automobile and light commercial vehicle market expanded 5.95 percent in January 2015 over the same month previous year, mostly C segment with 52.06 percent, as for body types Sedan automobiles with 50.99 percent preferred

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urkish automobile and light commercial vehicle market expanded 5.95 percent to the number of 34,615 units in January 2015 over the same month last year, according to the statement from Automotive Distributors’ Association (ODD). Last year Turkish automobile and light commercial vehicle market was the number of 32,670 units. The sales of automobile increased 0.53 percent to 24,498 units in January compared to the same month previous year in which the sales number was 24,368 units. The light commercial vehicle market surged 21.86 percent and reached 10,117 units which remained in 8,302 units in 2014. In January, the sales of automobiles under 1600cc increased 0.1; the sales of automobiles which have engine volume between 1600-2000cc increased 9.66 percent and over 2000cc the sales increased 11.85 percent. In this month, 3 electric cars less than 8 kilowatt were sold,

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over 121 kilowatt 2 electric cars sold. In January 2015, the sales of diesel automobiles raised 62.55 percent, the share of automatic transmission automobile raised by 46.62 percent. In the first month of the year, 80.77 percent of automobile market was in A, B and C segments which have low-tax rate. According to the segments, the highest sales occurred in C segment with 52.06 percent (12,754 units), as for body types, the most preferred body type was Sedan automobiles with 50.99 percent and 12,491 units. ODD General Coordinator Hayri Erce in his announcement said, “The policy interest rise expectation of the US FED paralleling recovery in economy, the decision of the ECB to continue quantitative easing to spur economic recovery, geopolitical developments, Turkish Central Bank’s decisiveness to fight inflation, circumstances in current account deficit, the steps would be taken towards structural reforms and election process would affect the market in 2015.”


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Brother Continues Renewal With Solutions In Automotive The Japanese Brother firm maintains its renewal with solutions in the automotive sector

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s a leading producer in near past in drilling and tapping machines, Japanese Brother firm continues to offer solution to its customers by clinching its position in the sector with production concept which has changed as “machining center” as of 2014. Entering the year 2014 with completely renewed SX, RX and MX series machining centers, the Brother firm has also marked on this sector with its latest model S1000X1 which world debut was made at JIMTOF 2014 Fair held in November in Japan. Being the only machining in its class having 1.000mm X axle, S1000X1 has been offered for sales across the world in 2015. For example, S1000X1 model which would remove swift machining problem which is experienced in the parts such as cylinder lid of truck engine, truck manifold, crankcase body and base station relay box in communication sector, quick machining solution will be also possible for the similar parts in other sectors in the course of time. Increasing machining efficiency and speed much more in the parts up to 1.000x500 mm sizes and 500 kg, S1000X1 can be also able to machine the parts up to 540 mm diameters with column heightening option up to 350mm, turning table. Thanks to the widened column base and main body, S1000X1 achieves more strong burrs thanks to optional high torque (10.000 rpm, 92Nm) which keeps its rigid workpiece shaft. This machine, which is powerful as much as not being

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expected from a workbench with BT30 workpiece shaft, keeps upper cutting performance in materials such as steels with high carbon, stainless steels and even titanium in addition to relative soft metals such as aluminum and various cast irons. Machining tool change speed from chip to chip in 1,4second, 14 or 21 tool capacity and 50m/min speed in X, Y axles and 56mpm in Y axle, this machine provides superiority to its rivals having BT40 workpiece shaft on the same part as processing period. Also providing “Win Win” opportunity to its users up to 80 percent saving in energy and air spending when compared to machines have BT40 workpiece shaft, Brother S1000X1 is nominee of the most interesting machine in 2015.


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Cankurtaran Tunnel Construction Goes To Finish Cankurtaran Tunnel is being built as an alternative to Cankurtaran Passage in the province of Artvin, which links the Black Sea to Iran, to relieve difficulties in snowy and icy conditions

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he construction process of Cankurtaran tunnel - which will connect the Black Sea to Iran as an alternative way to existing Cankurtaran passage - has approached the end of construction. Drilling works that were finished, concreting processes of Cankurtaran Tunnel have come to end in order to ease winter traffic conditions which are nightmare of drivers on the highway that connect Black Sea to Iran. Having made its groundbreaking late 2010 and completed

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its drilling process last year, concreting processes of the tunnel in both sides of traffic including going and coming are continuing. Length of the both tunnels are nearly 10 thousand 400 meters, while concreting works of tunnels have been carried out in the length of 8 thousand meters, the rest part of 2 thousand 400 meters are aimed to be completed in a short time. So, drivers will breathe easily on the highway which is seen a nightmare regarding snowy and icy period in the winter conditions along with the district of Cankurtaran extending to Hopa-Artvin highways. Kemal Cirit, governor of Artvin province in his statement said, Cankurtaran Tunnels are being constructed in the length of 5,200 meters one each including both sides as going and coming between the districts of Hopa and Borcka. When construction is finished the tunnel will be one of the longest highway tunnels of Turkey, meanwhile Ovit Tunnel in the province of Rize of which construction will be completed later will leave behind this tunnel in terms of length, he added. “Drilling processes of the Cankurtaran tunnel finished in March 2014. Until today, 8 thousand 400 meters of the tunnel were concreted; the rest part is continuing. I hope we will open the tunnel for vehicle traffic as of the end of this year.� When the tunnel is finished the transportation will be shrunk 12 kilometers between Artvin and Hopa provinces. The tunnel will connect the Black Sea to Iran via the eastern province of Erzurum.


EQUIP AUTO Algeria Opening Its Doors

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International Exhibition for Automotive Aftersales and Services Equip Auto Algeria 2015 is bringing together manufacturers, distributors and repairers of the automotive market

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QUIP AUTO Algeria 2015 is going to take place from 2nd to 5th March 2015 at over 11,000 sq meters exhibition space with 350 exhibitors, 71 percent from abroad, 10,000 professionals including 10 percent foreigners. International Exhibition for Automotive Aftersales and Services, ‘Equip Auto Algeria’ 2015 a trade event is bringing together manufacturers, distributors and repairers of the automotive market seeking new products, services and partners. Everything about the sector dedicated to the equipment, spare parts and accessories for vehicle. The international tradeshow dedicated to the replacement and retrofitting, EQUIP AUTO ALGERIA brings together the most comprehensive time offered by manufacturers, suppliers, or distributors. EQUIP AUTO ALGERIA is regarded as a real tool to assist in the decision on the choice of solutions in repair, maintenance, equipment or sourcing new suppliers for importer-distributors. Customers want not only to discover new equipment, but also become familiar with new technologies which equip vehicles. The exhibition offers also the opportunity to participate in forums and conferences to better understand and take advantage of the key issues and changes in the automotive aftersales and services markets. In 2014, the largest aftermarket car exhibition in North Africa closed with very positive results. From 3rd to 6th March 2014, 320 exhibitors welcomed 9,292 professionals, 8% of whom were international, who came together during the 4 days of the exhibition to discover the offers and new launches on display at the show. Key features of EQUIP AUTO ALGERIA 2014 are automobile, spare parts, garage equipment, lubricants, paint, cleaning... Classification of the equipment - Accessories products:

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Engineering - outsourcing: Raw materials Design Production Quality control - testTechnologies and equipment for the competition Preparers of competition vehicles Service engineering Equipment and accessories for vehicles: Start and ignition equipment Equipment for the engine Bodies and power accessories Transmission components Fittings and accessories of steering, suspension and braking Pneumatic and accessories Equipment and accessories electrical and electronic Equipment and accessories lighting and signaling Equipment and accessories for bodywork Heating and air conditioning equipment Equipment and accessories for passenger compartments Connecting elements Renovation - repackaging EQUIP AUTO ALGERIA The annual international exhibition of all equipment for all types of vehicles, EQUIP AUTO ALGERIA has become a major trading hub in North Africa between manufacturers, distributors and repairers seeking new products, services or partners.


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EU Commercial Vehicle Registrations Up 7.6% In 2014 Despite in December, the EU market for new commercial vehicles decreased slightly 2.5 percent totaling 166,742 units, twelve months into the year the new vehicle increased 7.6 percent to 1,849,077 units

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he EU market for new commercial vehicles decreased slightly in December (-2.5%), totalling 166,742 units. Only the light commercial vehicle segment saw an increase, while truck, bus and coach sectors recorded a significant drop in sales. Spain (+33.8%) and France (+1.5%) contributed positively, while the UK (-9.2%), Germany (-5.2%) and Italy (-2.8%) performed less well than in the same month last year. Substantial declines posted by the new EU member states (-9.0%) partially explain last month’s negative outcome. Twelve months into the year, 1,849,077 new commercial vehicles were registered or 7.6% more than last year. Looking at the largest markets, France remained stable (-0.4%), while Germany expanded (+4.8%). The UK (+10.8%), Italy (+13.9%) and Spain (+31.6%) posted double-digit growth. New Light Commercial Vehicles up to 3.5t – vans In December, new registrations of vans totalled 141,064 units, more than in the same month last year (+14.4%), mainly affected by the significant growth recorded in most major markets, in Spain (+37.9%), the UK (26.6%), Germany (15.0%), France (+7.2%) and Italy (+3.2%). From January to December, the EU market for vans increased (+11.3%), compared to the twelve months of 2013, mainly driven by the generalised growth observed in all major markets in recent months. Twelve months into the year, new van registrations totalled 1,535,125 units, representing 83% of total new commercial vehicle registrations. New Heavy Commercial Vehicles over 16t – heavy trucks December results showed a significant decrease in new heavy truck registrations (-49.3%) especially when compared with the exceptional growth recorded in the same month last year due to the anticipated implementation of the Euro VI standards in January 2014. Spain was the only major market to sustain demand (+13.5%). Elsewhere downturns occurred in France (-35.6%), Germany (-39.5%), Italy (-40.3%) and the UK (-77.8%).

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Over twelve months, the region registered fewer vehicles (-6.1%) than in the same period last year and counted 217,958 new heavy trucks. Looking at the major markets the results were diverse. Italy (-1.4%), France (-13.1%) and the UK (-28.3%) performed less well than last year, while German (+6.1%) and especially Spanish (+25.6%) markets expanded. New Commercial Vehicles over 3.5t – trucks In December, results for trucks were similar to the heavy truck segment, with most of the major markets facing a downturn, and only Spain posting growth (+8.4%). Overall, there was a substantial contraction (-49.0%) across the region as a whole. From January to December, France (-13.7%) and the UK (-27.8%) faced a downturn while demand was up in Spain (+23.2%), leading to a downturn in the region as a whole (-8.1%). In total, 280,391 new trucks were registered in the EU last year. New buses and coaches over 3.5t December results were down (-15.7%) compared to December 2013. Among the major markets, Spain was the only one to sustain demand (+59.6%), while the UK (-21.0%), Germany (-23.6%), France (-26.4%) and Italy (-65.8%) performed less well than in the same month a year earlier. From January to December, Spain was the only major market to post growth (+15.0%), while elsewhere downturns occurred. Overall, the EU recorded 33,561 new buses and coaches, or 1.4% more than in 2013. Substantial growth posted by the new EU member states (+18.4%) partially explains this positive outcome.


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Four Provinces Mostly Undertake Automotive Exports Turkey’s four provinces which are featured as the base of automotive production achieved 85.25 percent of the sector exports in January

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he provinces of Bursa, Istanbul, Kocaeli and Sakarya have increased their share in automotive exports from 83.47 percent in January last year to 85.25 percent in the same month this year. Turkish automotive sector’s exports which were $1 billion 586 million in January 2014 raised $1 billion 730 million with 9.1 percent increase in the same month this year. The biggest contribution to the success of automotive exports, which pose locomotive in the country exports, came from the provinces of Bursa, Istanbul, Kocaeli and Sakarya. Foreign sales of these four provinces were $1 billion 457 million in January 2015. So, these provinces undertook 85.25 percent of the sector exports which were $1 billion 730 million. Those provinces’ export share was 83.47 percent last year in January. Hosting the giants of main industry such as OYAK Renault, Tofas, Karsan as well as supplier industry Bursa exports were

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$543 million in January 2014, increasing 0.47 percent in the same month this year to $545,5 million. Bursa itself achieved one-third of the sector exports with the share of 31.53 percent. The closest follower of Bursa province, Istanbul increased in the sector exports 2.82 percent from $384,3 million to 395,1 million in January. Istanbul also got 22.83 percent share from the total automotive exports in January 2015. Kocaeli ranked first increasing its foreign sales, in January 2014 worth $217,5 million, this year same month its exports became $384,4 million with 76.69 percent and got 22.21 percent share from the sector’s total exports. Sakarya decreased its exports 16.12 percent from $179 million to $150,1 million in January compared to the same month last year. In the sector exports, these provinces followed by the provinces of Ankara, Izmir and Manisa respectively in the first month of 2015.


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Interest Cut Might Be Positive For Automotive Market Continuity of interest rate cut would encourage sales of automotive positively in the domestic market, Hayri Erce, Coordinator General of Automotive Distributors’ Association

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hen continuity in interest rate cut goes on also consumer loans’ interest rates will decrease, this spurs the automotive sector positively, according to the statement of Hayri Erce, Coordinator General of Automotive Distributors’ Association (ODD). Hayri Erce said according to the growth outlook, Turkey would grow 3 percent despite last quarter figures have not been released, adding the figure was under both the growth potential and growth need of Turkey. Touching oil prices which had been in a serious drop, Erce indicated Turkey which is addicted abroad in terms of energy, would be affected positive through this development. Commenting if decrease in oil prices would be permanent the contribution of it to Turkish economy would be also lasting more, Erce said, “Some constriction happened in current account deficit in 2014. If oil prices will remain in $4050 per barrel in 2015, setback in current account deficit will continue some. We predict it would be $40 billion or under $40 billion.” ODD Coordinator Erce stated 3 important issues existed in terms of the economy and continued; “One of them is

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current account deficit, so that it has been affected positively. The second one is inflation. Inflation sometime approached by double digits. Later regarding minus figures in December it became 8-9 percent. Now it is predicted inflation would setback some because of oil prices. Some pronounces 5 percentages. Some economists foresee 7 percentages. But in conclusion, expectation is a setback in inflation rate. The setback in inflation will also bring together decrease in interest rates. This situation will affect positively both sales of automotive sector and other sectors.” Erce said decrease in current account deficit, setback in inflation and positive step into reforms would accelerate the speed of Turkish economy and growth. As for H1 and H2 of 2015, Hayri Erce said, “When we look at the factors which would affect Turkey, one of them monetary policy of FED. FED will not increase interest rate in first half with a great possibility. Also inflation conditions of Turkey, all of them are the factors that would affect Turkish economy positively in H1.” For the second half of the year, will FED increase the interest rates, we must track it. In terms of European Union, much thing would not be changed. The third one is the elections and its result would be effective in H2 2015, Erce concluded.


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Over 13 Million Cars To Be Registered In Europe European Car Dealers estimates that the number of 13,137,600 passenger cars will be registered in Europe this year

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he “European Car Dealers (ECD)”, a division of CECRA, estimates that 13,137,600 passenger cars will be registered in Europe in 2015. This represents an increase of 1% in comparison to 2014, during which 13,009,252 cars were registered. This forecast is based on the outcome of a survey conducted by CECRA, which represents the interests of automotive dealers and repairers in Europe. The forecast includes 28 EU Member States (with the exception of Malta for which no figures were available) as

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well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. For some countries, an estimation was made as CECRA does not yet cover all EU countries. Both CECRA President Jean-Paul Bailly and ECD Chairman Jaap Timmer underline that 2015 is expected to show modest growth and could be a turning point, although there is still a long way to go. Furthermore, excessive discounts and “selfregistrations” have to be restricted. The ECD division requests car manufacturers to take this forecast into account when setting their sales objectives in conjunction with their network all over Europe.

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Registrations PC 2014*

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Forecast 2015 PC **

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Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Netherlands Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden United Kingdom EUROPEAN UNION (EU 28)* Iceland Norway Switzerland EFTA EU 28* + EFTA

304.135 482.939 20.500 33.962 8.500 192.314

-5,0 -0,6 5,0 22,2 18,7 16,7

300.000 475.000 22.000 35.000 9.500 199.000

-1,4 -1,6 7,3 3,1 11,8 3,5

188.504 21.109 105.000 1.795.913 3.036.773 71.000 67.492 96.551 1.359.616 12.232 16.452 49.793 387.835 327.219 142.827 70.500 72.000 53.296 855.897 304.885 2.476.435

5,5 7,2 1,5 3,0 2,9 20,9 21,0 6,0 4,2 15,0 17,6 6,8 -6,9 12,9 34,8 20,0 9,1 4,8 18,4 13,1 9,4

178.000 22.000 109.000 1.815.000 2.960.000 80.000 75.000 110.000 1.400.000 12.500 18.000 49.800 400.000 336.300 154.500 72.500 73.000 55.000 940.000 290.000 2.500.000

-5,6 4,2 3,8 1,1 -2,5 12,7 11,1 13,9 3,0 2,2 9,4 0,0 3,1 2,8 8,2 2,8 1,4 3,2 9,8 -4,9 1,0

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9.429 144.202 301.942 455.573 13.009.252

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Peugeot Tries To Expand Market Share In 2015 Peugeot aims to get market share up to 4 percent from the total domestic market which is foreseen to accomplish about 800 thousand units in 2015 in Turkey

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eugeot Automotive Marketing Inc. General Manager Marc Bergeretti announced their goal was to get 4 percent of market share from the total domestic market which is predicted to be some 800 thousand units in 2015. Marking growth rates remained very small in Europe due to facing deflation risk, he highlighted the economy must be revived in Europe. He added that the policy change of European Central Bank (ECB) made at the beginning of this year would lead to positive results; Bergeretti stated it would reflect positively to the Turkish economy too. Reminding interest rates had plunged in Turkey Bergeretti pointed out low interest rates were one of the basic elements to raise the sales of automobile. Responding the question whether value decreasing of euro would reflect to prices of automobile, Bergeretti responded; “In 2013, TL lost 15-20 percent value against euro, but automobile prices did not increase in the same rate. At the same way opposite of that might be valid as well. Low

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euro can affect automobile prices some extent, but not to expect this would reflect to the market in the same rate. The competition conditions in the market would set low euro rate to reflect to the market in which rate.” “Discussions continue to maintain our cooperation with TOFAS” Marc Bergeretti indicated that a recovery happened in the light commercial vehicle market in H2 last year. He continued, “In 2014, while 78-79 percent of sold vehicles were the passenger cars, 20-21 percent was commercial vehicles, we think this rate would change some extend this year and the sales of commercial vehicle surge by 25 percent in the total market. Our business cooperation with Tofas will end at the end of 2015 in the normal conditions. The discussions are continuing to maintain the cooperation. I am reasonably optimistic. We will make a new design in partner model towards middle of the year to invigorate our commercial vehicle sales. We will be displaying this at Istanbul Autoshow.” He highlighted that DS series which represents luxury models of PSA Group has become a brand; they put DS atop as the premium brand of the group. Bergeretti said in 2014 they constituted two new partners one was the French government and other one Chinese Dongfeng Motor Corporation, adding that it was very important for PSA Group. Last year, Peugeot obtained 3.14 percent market share, 17,026 units were passenger cars, 7,096 units were light commercial vehicles. Across the world Peugeot’s market share was 2 million 939 thousand with 4.3 percent increase over the previous year.


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Total Registered Vehicle Approaches 19 Million As of the end of November 2014, the total number of road motor vehicles registered in Turkey reached 18,767,989, according to the statement from Turkish Statistic Institute (TurkStat)

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he total number of road motor vehicles registered to the traffic reached 18 million 767 thousand 989 by the end of November. Within the total number, cars represented 52.3%, followed by small trucks 16.3%, motorcycles 15.1%, tractors 8.6%, trucks 4.1%, minibuses 2.3%, buses 1.1% and special purpose vehicles 0.2%. In November, 93,842 vehicle registrations were recorded Of these 93 thousand 842 vehicle registrations in November, cars accounted for 59.5%, followed by small trucks 16.2%, motorcycles 10.9% and tractors 7.5%. Minibuses, buses, trucks and special purpose vehicles constituted 5.9% of new registrations. Vehicles registrations up 6% compared with the previous month In November, the number of road motor vehicle registrations increased by 6% compared with October. Cars, minibuses, small trucks, trucks and tractors increased by 8.6%, 0.8%, 24.1%, 0.9% and 15.7% respectively. Buses, motorcycles and special purpose vehicles decreased by 13.1%, 21.9% and 17.4%. New vehicles decreased by 1.3% over the same month previous year In November, the number of road motor vehicle registrations decreased by 1.3% compared with the same month of the previous year. Cars, buses, motorcycles decreased by 7.7%, 43%, 10.3%. Minibuses, small trucks, trucks, special purpose vehicles and tractors increased by 11.8%, 31.9%, 0.5%, 67.7% and 18.9% respectively. In the period of January - November, new vehicles increased by 828,542 While 118 thousand 210 road motor vehicles were withdrawn, 946 thousand 752 road motor vehicles were added in JanuaryNovember. Hence, the total number of road motor vehicles

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registered increased by 828 thousand 542. 496,198 vehicles handed over in November Among 496 thousand 198 vehicles handed over, cars accounted for 68.2% followed by small trucks 16.4%, tractors 5.3% and motorcycles 3.9%. Minibuses, buses, trucks and special purpose vehicles constituted 6.2% of the handed over motor vehicles in November. The ratio of cars registered using LPG was 41.3% At the end of November, among 9 million 806 thousand 661 registered cars, the share of LPG-fuelled cars is 41.3% followed by gasoline-fuelled cars with 29.2% and dieselfuelled cars with 29%. The ratio of the cars with unknown fuel type is 0.4%. In November, 55,870 cars were registered to the traffic In terms of the distribution of trademarks for the 55 thousand 870 new registered cars in November, Volkswagen recorded 15.2%, Renault 14.2%, Hyundai 7.9%, Opel 6.6%, Toyota 6.5%, Fiat 5.6%, Dacia 5.2%, BMW 5.1%, Ford 4.6%, Audi 3.8% and the other trademarks 25.2% of the total. Most frequent engine size of cars is 1501-1600 Within 527 thousand 313 cars registered to traffic in JanuaryNovember period, 40.7% of them have engine size of 15011600, 20.9% have 1401-1500, 18.2% have 1300 or less, 13.9% have 1301-1400, 4.5% have 1601-2000, 1.6% have 2001 and above engine size. The share of cars with unknown engine size is 0.1%. Most frequent colour is white Within 527 thousand 313 cars registered to traffic in JanuaryNovember period, 63% of them are white, 16.7% are grey, 9.3% are black, 4.8% are red and 6.2% are in other colours.


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Turkey’s Exports Unaffected Regarding Low Oil Prices Turkey’s exports have not been affected to the Oil Exporting Countries negatively regarding plunge of oil prices which have been in fluctuation since the second half last year

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harp plunge of oil prices did not affect Turkey’s exports negatively to the Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC). Last year in June surging up to 115,67 dollars a barrel, after that date the prices entered the plunge trend and lost value in the following 7 months. In that period, the developments such as lowered global growth expectations, Saudi Arabia making changes in oil prices, incentive decision of the Bank of Japan, not being changed of OPEC production, demand increase in dollar accelerated plunge in oil prices less than $50 a barrel that is regarded 6-year lowest. While setback in oil prices makes a positive atmosphere in the oil importer countries including Turkey, in respond the situation has also brought together anxieties that trade would be affected negative in oil exporting countries. Together with this Turkey’s exports to oil exporting countries were not affected negative, in this period after decreasing for one-two months then the exports have caught previous levels. Turkey’s exports to 12 OPEC members became $26,5 million last year. While this figure accounting for 17.5 percent of the total exports, when the exports to Egypt, Russia and Norway

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which feature foremost oil producing countries are included, Turkey export figure raised $36,5 billion in 2014. In H1, the exports to the OECD countries became $13,6 billion, in H2 the export figure $13 billion in 2014. Turkey’s exports to the OECD countries were $2 billion 415 million in May, in June $1 billion 983 million, in July $1 billion 721 million. Following these months the exports entered heightening trend and in December the exports raised $2 billion 725 million to the OECD countries. In January 2015, the exports were $2 billion 92 million. Masood Ahmed, Director of Middle East and Central Asia Department of IMF, stated they did not foresee a big change in growth rates of the oil exporting countries. The IMF’s Ahmed said they would use the projections based on derivatives, the derivatives market indicates that oil prices would rise by $70 a barrel within 4-5 years.


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The 85th Geneva International Motor Show Fully Booked The 85th edition of Geneva International Motor Show is going to open its doors between 5th – 15th March 2015

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he 85th edition of Geneva International Motor Show is opening its doors on 5th – 15th March 2015 which is already fully booked. All of the major manufacturers have confirmed their participation and are preparing to present numerous new models, according to the statement. The Geneva International Motor Show will be once again supported by our loyal group of partners and sponsors. As each year in January, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit kicks off the series of the five most important automobile exhibitions in the world. In early March, it will be followed by the Geneva International Motor Show, which is already working on the preparations for its 85th edition. The Show in Spring has the privilege to present the collection of new models that will arrive on the market during the year, plus a large selection of concept cars and design studies that provide clues to the near and long term evolution of the automobile. Every square metre of Halls 1 to 6 dedicated essentially to general public vehicles now been booked. All of the major manufacturers have confirmed their participation. A large number of high-end manufacturers (including Aston Martin, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Lotus, McLaren) and designers (ED Design, Italdesign Giugiaro, Pinnfarina), plus top highperformance specialists (ABT, Carlsson, Hamann, Klassen, Mansori, MTM, Ruf) will also be there to further enhance the

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Motor Show’s presentation. The official website www.salon-auto.ch is now online and has all of the early information about the 2015 edition. The site will be continuously updated during the run-up to the Show. It will be possible to purchase entry tickets on this site as well. There will also be a contest where you can win entry tickets and closer to the Show’s opening a new car, sponsored by Peugeot who’s 308 Saloon was elected “Car of the Year” in 2014 by an international jury. Since 2002, Peugeot has continuously supported the Geneva International Motor Show with these competitions! The media companies Eurosport and Blick have also been partners for the Geneva Show for many years. In addition, as every year, Goodyear will sponsor the Press Centre at the Show. Once again our partners CFF (Swiss National Railways) and TPG (Geneva Public Transport Company) will offer combined transport and entry tickets. Every year more and more visitors use these options to enjoy a more stress-free visit to the Show. For visitors who decide to come to the Show by automobile, the Geneva traffic police, together with the radio traffic service RTSI FM 91.2, will manage the flow of traffic to any of the thirteen parking areas surrounding Palexpo (5,600 spaces available during the week and over 10,000 during the weekends). Shuttle busses will take visitors from the parking areas to the main entrance of the Motor Show.


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Manheim Turkey Moves To New Facility Having established by the partnership of Borusan Holding and Manheim Auctions, Manheim Turkey grew 400 percent within 6 years in “Second Hand Auction System”

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rowing 70 percent within past 6 years and being transformed virtually a second hand automobile exchange market, Manheim Turkey has reached its new open auction facility with investment of TL1,5 million. Having achieved to increase sales of 4 thousand second hand vehicle by 17,500 units in 6 years, now Manheim Turkey aims to sell the number of 22 thousand unit vehicles by offering 50 thousand vehicles for sales per annum at its new facility. Having established by the partnership of Borusan Holding and Manheim Auctions, Manheim Turkey has carried its “Second Hand Auction System” that has been implemented since 2004 to its new facility. Inaugurating the facility with attendees of Borusan Holding CEO Agah Ugur, Manheim International Head John Bailey and Manheim European Director Nuno Castel Branco; Manheim Turkey General Manager H. Zafer Terzioglu said that they sold 17,500 units second hand vehicles last year. Pointing out 89 percent of sales were passenger cars, 11 percent were commercial vehicle, Terzioglu said, “The share of luxurious vehicles are 14 percent. Fleet leasing companies constitute 52 percent, company vehicles 17 percent and

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authorized sellers 14 percent of our sales.” Last year, weekly they offered some 750 vehicles for sales and 50 percent of them were sold, Terzioglu said. Monthly, the number of 3000 vehicles offered for sales, half of them were sold in 2014. Last year, totally 35 thousand vehicles were offered for sales and 17,500 units were sold, he added. The line number was increased from 2 to 4, the facility capacity from 20 thousand sq meters to 60 thousand sq meters at the new facility. Terzioglu said they grew 400 percent in 6 years as Manheim Turkey. The number of firm, which offers their vehicles for sales, rose from 114 to 582 units, as for the number of buyer members, who want to join auction, raised from 580 to 3,500 units. This year they aim to sell 22 thousand vehicles. Borusan Manheim was established in 2008 based on experience of Borusan in the second hand car market and Manheim’s global experience.


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Car Of The Year To Be Awarded At Geneva Motor Show

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his prestigious prize, which has been awarded for more than 50 years by a jury composed of 58 European journalists, will be presented for the fourth time at the Geneva International Motor Show on the day before the Press Days. The seven finalists were announced in December 2014 and are now going through their final tests. The Motor Show organisers will be enhancing the importance of this ceremony through an all new presentation setting which will better meet the needs of the media representatives in attendance. The live broadcast of the ceremony on the websites of the Motor Show and the Car of the Year organisation will enable the general public to participate in this event which is normally reserved for journalists and the exhibitors at the Geneva International Motor Show. The awarding of the Car of the Year 2015 will take place, as with the previous three years, in the Lobby of Palexpo’s Congress Centre. But this year the presentation setting will be totally revised. It will allow the winning car to be driven onto the stage for presentation. A large 2-section media screen, surrounding black curtains and a wall with all the participating logos will be used to generate a more dramatic atmosphere for announcing the results of this important election. The final vote and the awarding of the Car of the Year will take place on Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. The ceremony will be reserved for the journalists accredited by the Motor Show and the exhibitors presenting at the Show. However, the ceremony will be broadcasted live over the official sites of the Motor Show (www.salon-auto.ch) and the Car of the Year organization (www.caroftheyear.org) which will enable the general public to take part and find out who

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the winner is at the same time as the official announcement. The jury for the Car of the Year is composed of 58 journalists from 22 countries in Europe. They chose their favourites last December from among the 31 models deemed eligible by meeting the criteria of having sold at least 5,000 examples per year. 22 cars participated in this first round. As is the custom, the final selection will be made from seven models which are very different from each other but all are attractive in terms of innovations, quality, price/performance ratio and design: • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer • Citroen C4 Cactus • Ford Mondeo • Mercedes-Benz C Class • Nissan Qashqai • Renault Twingo • Volkswagen Passat Switzerland will be represented on the jury by Urs Bärtschi, owner of Bärtschi Media AG, and agency specialising in the automobile world and working with such publications as Blick, Sonntagsblick and Schweizer Illustrierte, and by Peter Ruch, an independent journalist and editor of the online magazine Radical Mag and a regular contributor to Automobil Revue. The Car of the Year organising committee consists of seven European magazines, and this year is presided over by Mrs. Wibke Bruns, representing Gruner + Jahr. The group publishes the German magazine «Stern», a member of this organisation for nearly 50 years. Hakan Matson, President of the jury and automobile journalist for the Swedish economic daily «Dagans Industry» will conduct the awards ceremony and will be presenting the prize to the happy winner.


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Turkey’s First And Only Electric Taxicab On Roads Having improved by the engineers of Turkish DMA, Turkey’s first and only electric taxicabs drive on the roads with a cost TL12 in a day instead of TL150 on average

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aving improved by the Turkish engineers, the DMA has launched trips of its electric taxi on Istanbul’s roads. Thanks to its electric engine protects environment as well as sees a great interest regarding its comfort, the DMA taxi attracts attention as being quite economic choice for taxi drivers. When all taxies to be converted to electric version worth TL1 billion could be saved in Istanbul, the DMA taxi would affect the use of electric vehicle rate in a great extend in Turkey, Onder Yol, Chairman of DMA, said. As DMA taxi secures fuel economy over 10-fold compared to internal combustion engines whether diesel or LPG-powered, it almost removes the maintenance-need as well. Producing first and only electric vehicle featuring range of 400 kilometers with a single charge, Derindere Motorized Vehicles – DMA has launched electric taxi, making a breakthrough in Turkey. The taxi has been offered for use of passengers in Istanbul. The DMA Taxi offers comfort to its passengers who do not enjoy to date ever thanks to its silent, odorless and without vibration engine regarding having electric engine featuring zero emission. The passengers, who experienced test of DMA taxi, have become choosier in taxi preferring, Onder Yol, Chairman of DMA, continued; “The environmentally friendly taxi passengers prefer DMA taxi. Furthermore, in addition to its

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maintenance and fuel savings, we also see a great interest in taxi drivers due to second hand purchasing guarantee.” He also highlighted DMA taxi amortizes itself in two years regarding the maintenance and fuel advantage. The DMA taxi provides saving more than 10-fold when compared to diesel and LPG-powered ones. “Only in Istanbul over 20 taxies operate. In the case all of these taxies converted to electric, worth TL1 billions of saving can be secured per annum. Even it is a long term target; I consider we should advance on the way where the world advances. We believe the necessary incentives should be given in order to electric vehicles to be spread in every area,” Yol said. We, as DMA, aim to contribute to constitute electric vehicles and supplier industry, which is regarded the future of the world, in our country too. Turkey should have a roadmap in this issue. Germany plans to use 1 million electric vehicles, China 4 million electric vehicles in 2020. In the UK, the vehicles which are not electric vehicles would not be approached more than 50 kilometers to the center of city after 2020. Also only electric taxies would take operation certificate after 2018 in this country. As for Scandinavian countries have zeroed all taxes in this sector and ensure financial support worth 10 thousand euro for every produced electric vehicle. We have taken a remarkable step for the future of electric vehicles. The DMA taxi represents one of the important milestones of the way. As long as DMA electric taxies increase the consciousness of the country in this issue will increase as direct proportion, Onder Yol noted. DMA taxi driver Mert Al marked the DMA electric taxi featured economic as much as not benchmarking with other taxies. The DMA taxi offers a range of 400 kilometers with a single charge.


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Doruk Buses To Serve For Public Transport In Malta A company of Koc Conglomerate, Otokar, which exports buses to over 40 countries, has gained first fleet order from Malta Island

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aving preferred for 5 years consecutively in the Turkish market, Otokar Doruk bus is preparing to win heart of the people in Malta Island. The number of 142 Doruk buses of Otokar will be serving for public transport in Malta Island, according to the statement from the firm. As a company of Koc Conglomerate and exporting buses to over 40 countries, Otokar has gained first fleet order from Malta Island. The number of 142 right-hand drive (RHD) buses will be delivered for public transportation in Malta in 2015. The buses which are made of Otokar in Turkey will be delivered to the chosen company by Maltese Ministry of Transportation to serve for public transport.

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Having used for long years in European countries such as France, Italy, Germany and made up high admiration and customer satisfaction, Otokar buses have led the Maltese company to prefer the vehicles of Otokar. In the first stage, medium-sized Doruk buses have been ordered for the public transportation in Malta. The sales as the first fleet exports were accomplished by Otokar European Company was established in 2011 headquartered in France. Doruk buses which will begin to serve this year in Malta Island are recognized by the name of Vectio in the European market. Design and production belong to Otokar Company; the buses attract attention as suitable for disabled people with its low entry, environmentally-friendly engine and high transport capacity. The order also first buses feature right-hand drive.


Ford Otosan Honors Its 1000 Employees

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Ford Otosan ‘Golden Mark Prizes’ were presented to its 1000 successful employees who completed their 10th, 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th anniversary at the companies of Koc Conglomerate

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ord Otosan has awarded its employees who have marked on lots of successes in the history of the firm with ‘Golden Mark Service Prizes’. Delivering a speech at the ceremony, Ford Otosan General Manager Haydar Yenigun said, “Golden marks which have been left on the roads of this city, country and the world roads have not been forgotten and would not be forgotten.” Ford Otosan ‘Golden Mark Prizes’ were presented to its 1000 successful employees who completed their 10th, 20th, 25th, 30th and 35th anniversary at the companies of Koc Conglomerate and have left golden marks during their trip under roof of Ford Otosan. The senior administrators, managers and Turkish Metal Union’s representatives attended to the ceremony as well. At the ceremony, an audio-visual show of products performed beginning from the first idea on paper to the final products to the employees of Ford Otosan. Ford Otosan Human Resources Director Nursel Olmez Ates, said “We keep our human resources connection based on equality of opportunity, sustainability and innovation at our center. As the company under every success that we obtain there are our employee who work devotedly.” Ford Otosan General Manager Haydar Yenigun in his speech

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stating those -who carried Ford Otosan from past to future with their remarks, efforts, actions – have felt happiness as a member of this big family and said, “As Ford Otosan while adding value to our country in a wide frame ranging from excellent production to export leadership, global engineering activities to economy, also with some 10,000 employees we play a pioneering role in employment in the sector. Today, we have made breakthroughs in lots of issues with the contribution of our all workers who have played a role in being Turkey’s commercial power and guiding industrial establishment, so we have left golden traces. Golden traces that have been left on roads of this city, country and the world had not been forgotten and will not be forgotten.”


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New Generation i20 Wins Prestigious Design Award New Generation i20 receives ‘iF Design Award 2015’ in the product category, recognizes distinctive, sophisticated design of Hyundai’s new B-segment car

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yundai Motor has once again received international recognition for its vehicle design from the prestigious iF Design Awards jury. The New Generation i20 which is produced at Hyundai Turkey plant and exported to Europe, has won ‘iF Design Award 2015’. The award recognises the refined design of the newest addition to Hyundai Motor’s car line-up. The distinctive appearance of the New Generation i20 was influenced by the latest interpretation of the company's Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, characterised by the car's clean and elegant lines and the prominent hexagonal grille that marks it out as a Hyundai. The team from Hyundai Motor’s Design Centre Europe in Rüsselsheim, Germany paid particular attention to achieving balanced proportions. The front-end design and long hood create a powerful stance, and the gloss-black C-pillar delivers a unique floating-roof motif. Inside, the driver-oriented cockpit features extensive use of soft-touch materials, as well as subtle piano black inserts and chrome detailing, to create a modern

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and sophisticated interior package. Peter Schreyer, President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group, said: "It's an honour for Hyundai to be once again internationally recognised in the iF Design Awards, with New Generation i20 following the success of All-New Genesis last year. Design plays a core role in shaping our brand and driving consumer purchases of Hyundai cars, so we're delighted to receive such a prestigious accolade from a respected authority on design." For more than 60 years, the iF Design Awards have been recognised across the world as a symbol of design excellence. Organised by iF International Forum Design GmbH, the awards recognise outstanding design across various disciplines and categories. The jury awarded the sought-after prize to Hyundai’s New Generation i20 following a rigorous judging process, involving almost 5,000 entries from 53 countries. The iF Design Award night will be taking place on 27 February 2015. Designed, engineered and manufactured in Europe, the New Generation i20 is on sale now throughout the region.


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Logistic Sector To Save TL7,5 Billion A third highway would be built beginning from the district of Akyazi to the province of Tekirdag through the third Bosporus Bridge which will be accomplished in October, so the logistic sector would save worth TL7,5 billion with completion of the ongoing highway and bridge projects

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fter completion of the third bridge construction by the end of October this year that links Europe and Asia across Bosporus Strait has also brought a third highway project on the agenda. Lutfi Elvan, Turkish Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communication, announced that a third highway would span from the district of Akyazi in the Asian side to the province of Tekirdag in European side through the third Bosporus Bridge which will be accomplished next October. The project is interested in the logistic sector closely. Batu Logistic Executive Board Chairman Taner Ankara, the sector would save worth TL7,5 billion with completion of the ongoing projects. As Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the third Bosporus Bridge and Gebze-Izmir Highway projects are paving way; the Minister Lutfi Elvan announced a 3rd highway project. The logistic sector, which waits impatiently completion of these projects, comes first. In his statement, Taner Ankara, Chairman of the Board of Batu Logistic, pointing out the investments which are underway would decrease time barrier to minimum, and continued; “These projects will transform current distances to a panoramic distance and enlargement will be experienced in trade.” Highlighting especially Gebze-Izmir Highway Project which

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includes Izmit Gulf Bridge in the aspect of the sector, Taner Ankara marked currently a cargo, which is unloaded at the Izmir port, could reach Istanbul-Kocaeli industrial zones within 4 hours by reloaded on trucks. Together with the third bridge the stop-starts would reduce in Istanbul, thanks to this worth TL6-7 billion will be saved per annum, Taner Ankara said also TL870 million saving will be obtained thanks to Gebze-Izmir Highway projects. In terms of logistic one of the most important sections featuring a key of the project in 433-km length is Izmit Gulf Bridge which will connect the districts of Dilovası and Hersek to each other. By turning the surround takes 1 hour 20 minutes, by ferryboat with 45 minutes, so the said distance will be passed only in 6 minutes via the new gulf bridge to be launched to the service. Currently taking 8-10 hours, the transport period will decrease by 4 hours compared to the present way between Istanbul - Izmir. The third highway project beginning from the district of Akyazı, Sakarya province will span up to the province of Tekirdag via the third Bosporus Bridge. The new route which will be integrated with the new bridge is expected to rescue the logistic sector from the city traffic, ease the Istanbul traffic.


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Big Award Of KOSGEB Offered To NSK The award which NSK Group was deserved was presented by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to NSK Group at a ceremony held at Rixos Grand Ankara Hotel

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SK Automotive with its ROTA brand was deserved Year of Successful SME Award in the contest of SME and Entrepreneurship which was held third time this year. The award of NSK Automotive was offered by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at the ceremony held at Rixos Grand Ankara Hotel. The awards for SME and Entrepreneurship found their owners with a ceremony held Rixos Grand Ankara Hotel on 29 January 2015. Taking Year of Successful SME Great Award, Yavuz Kazangil, Deputy Chairman and member of the Executive Board of NSK Group, said; “Having deserved this award our firm – which is a leading company in its sector and has been growing for 65 years during three generations and today exporting to nearly 100 countries - made us happy. We will maintain our activities increasingly.” Delivering a speech at the ceremony Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu heralded the SMEs with the new support programs including five headlines. Also Fikri Işık, Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, informed about works

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which have been managed directed towards SMEs. The MPs of Bursa province Mustafa Ozturk, Huseyin Sahin, Bedrettin Yildirim and Canan Candemir Celik; Prof. Dr. Arif Karademir, Rector of BTU, Ahmet Akdag, KOSGEB Regional Manager in Bursa and Latif Demir, Provincial Manager of Science, Industry and Technology were present at the ceremony too.


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Sanliurfa Municipality Strengthens Vehicle Fleet Sanliurfa Metropolitan Municipality is continuing to empower its vehicle fleet with TCV Karat diesel buses in public transportation

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urkey’s southeastern province Sanliurfa Metropolitan Municipality continues its investments in public transportation with TCV Karat Diesel buses. Buying 25 unit Karat Diesel buses in the first quarter of 2014, Sanliurfa Municipality prefers TCV Karat Diesel buses again, according to the statement. Ensuring transportation of 165 thousand passengers daily on average, Sanliurfa Metropolitan Municipality takes place among distinguished provinces of Turkey in public transportation. Steadily spreading the public transport use with its innovative approach, Sanliurfa Municipality is going to increase passenger number of public transport by adding 18 TCV Karat Diesel buses. Highlighting that they had focused on public transportation to improve transport solutions, Huseyin Alagoz, head of transport department of the municipality said, “We have been using TCV buses for one year. We are glad from these buses as municipality, drivers and passengers.” TCV Karat Diesel buses are preferred by local governments due to their passenger capacity, fuel economy and comfort.

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The buses carry 97 passengers, 27 seats and 69 standing. The super low floor TCV Karat buses are designed for all passengers to get on and out and interior movement as well as disabled people to travel safe and ease. Stating they were following closely the works of Bozankaya firm in public transportation, Alagoz said; “Bozankaya offers Diesel and CNG buses with TCV brand. However, we also follow other projects of the firm as Sanliurfa Metropolitan Municipality. Trambus and E-bus vehicles which the firm has developed we consider ideal solutions in line with our province’s needs for public transport. Our priorities are the vehicles feature eco-friendly, energy saving, keeping commuter comfort in front plan.” TCV General Manager Aytunc Gunay in his statement said; “Sanliurfa is an example province in public transportation. The Metropolitan Municipality improves innovative projects in this field. In line with this we believe they would use E-bus easily regarding the climate condition of the province. Sanliurfa is a province has plenty of sun and they can reduce fuel costs in a noteworthy size by installing their own solar system. In this way they will bring both eco-friendly solution and reduce operation costs.”


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Auto Industry Cautiously Optimistic For 2015 In 2014, new passenger car registrations were up 5.7% over the previous year, reaching 12.6 million units; the EU’s first positive annual result since the financial crisis began in 2007, Carlos Ghosn ACEA President

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n the occasion of its Annual Reception in Brussels, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) set out its forecast for 2015 and released last year’s registration figures for electric vehicles. Last year, new passenger car registrations were up 5.7% on the previous year, reaching 12.6 million units. “This is significant because it was the EU’s first positive annual result since the financial crisis began in 2007, with December marking the 16th consecutive month of growth,” said ACEA President, Carlos Ghosn. “However, our optimism about this early sign of recovery must be tempered with caution, given the economic uncertainties still facing many countries.” ACEA expects growth to continue in 2015, but at a considerably slower pace, with a year-on-year forecast in the region of 2%. In terms of units, this would mean edging closer to the 13 million units mark. ACEA also released the provisional 2014 sales figures for all types of Electrically Chargeable Vehicles (ECVs). Last year 75,331 ECVs were registered in the EU. Although this is up 37% on the 2013 figure of 55,142, it still represents

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just 0.6% of the total market. ACEA Secretary General Erik Jonnaert commented: “ACEA’s members will continue to invest in alternative powertrains, including electric, hybrid, fuel-cell and natural gas-powered vehicles. This needs to be supported by the expansion of the charging infrastructure, as well as a more consistent EU-wide approach to customer incentives.” ACEA is also taking the opportunity of its Annual Reception to re-iterate its three policy recommendations: • To drive innovation; • To foster growth through international trade; and • To build a supportive regulatory framework. “These are the three keys to building upon the fresh growth in our automobile market, and to supporting the political agenda for jobs, growth and investment,” stated Mr Ghosn.


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Turkish Made Volkicar In Italy Having launched in 2011 since then 107 units were manufactured, a Turkish made automobile Volkicar is planned to enter 10 countries in 2015

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aving launched the production in 2011 and 107 units were manufactured to date, a Turkish made automobile Volkicar is now in Italy. As a world giant in the automotive sector and having foremost automobile brands, Italians have preferred Turkish automobile Volkicar. Within 4 years, domestic made Volkicar automobiles have been manufactured 105 units and exported 6 countries. With last exported ones, the number raised 107 and exported countries raised 7. Earlier having sold in Moldova, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Lebanon and Bulgaria, Volkicar entered the European market. Volkicar is manufactured in Turkey. Being designed by

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Volkan Işık this concept automobile is supported Lassa brand tire. Lassa opens to the world with the race tires produced specially by Lassa for Volkicar. Within four years achieving to take a remarkable way, small but with a sound steps, Volkan Işık, producer of Volkicar, said; “We have said before that making up a brand in the automotive sector is a long way, requires being patient and decisive. We will increase product diversity of Volkicar to raise its sales unit. Our efforts are continuing on this. Among our objectives in 2015 is to reach 10 countries. The countries on the line are Germany and Spain.” Volkicar making up its own economic model in the exported countries, the vehicle also get admiration its commercial infrastructure.


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“2015 To Be Better” Renault Mais General Manager Ibrahim Aybar, “2015 will be better than last year in line with current economic conjecture in term of the market”

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n 2015, the Turkish automotive market would realize in the level of last year or some over, Ibrahim Aybar, General Manager of Renault Mais, said. Aybar said Renault Group sold the number of 133,212 vehicles in 2014 at a meeting that he shared and evaluated the results of last year. Through the sales in last year they obtained 17.4 percent share from the domestic market through the sales of passenger and light commercial vehicles and recorded 0.4 percent growth compared to the previous year and they achieved the highest market share of last 13 years. Stating Renault brand achieved its 16th leadership in the passenger car market, Aybar continued; “In 2014, the brand accomplished 15.3 percent of market share with the sales of 90,027 unit passenger car, the brand increased its market share 0.7 percent compared to the previous year. In the total market of passenger and light commercial vehicles it ranked second with the sales of 98,743 units and 12.9 percent.” Fluence became leader in C segment with the sales number of 32,252 and 18.5 percent in Turkish market, Aybar noted. He added Symbol kept its place in the market with the sales of 20,242 units and was leader in B segment; this model raised its segment share from 49.3 percent in 2013 to 52.3 percent in 2014. “Clio HB sold 22,545 units with 19.5 percent setting the leadership of B2 segment; Clio Sport Tourer was the leader of B3 segment with the sales of 5,846 units and 59.2 percent. Captur, which entered B7 segment first time, completed 2014 as leader in the segment with 3,172 units and 29.7 percent. Megane Sport Tourer was the leader of C3 segment with 28.7 percent,” Ayber said. Aybar also said Renault brand’s models featured “bestseller automobile”, “bestseller station wagon (SW), “bestseller sedan”, “bestseller diesel brand” in 2014. In 2013, Renault Group raised 5th big market position in the Turkish market and lined up following France and Germany in the European countries, Aybar added.

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Highlighting Renault brand had kept high domestic made vehicle rate, Aybar said, “7 out of 10 models of the brand, which are sold in the Turkish market, are manufactured at Oyak Renault Plants. Only 3 models of the brand are not domestic made.” About the year 2015, Aybar said, “Nearly 31 percent decrease was experienced in commodity prices since June to date. Also dramatic plunge was experienced in oil prices and declining trend is continuing. If the oil prices get stability in this levels or plunging continues this circumstance would contribute 2 points to inflation. In 2015, the economic growth and indicators would realize in line with medium-term program, considering interests, inflation that happened under the expectations in 2014; we predict those indicators would be repressed in line with downward trend. The market share of the sector would be in the level of 2014 or some extend over last year.” Oyak Renault General Manager Ales Bratoz said they produced the number of 318,246 automobile with additional 261 new employees in three shift order in 2014. He stated despite 11.6 percent plummeting in the domestic market, the production increase was achieved by appraising the increase in the European market thanks to exports. Bratoz said Oyak Renault got share 43.39 percent from automobile production and 27.19 percent share from the total production, adding Oyak Renault had maintained production leadership in the Turkish automotive industry. Oyak Renault exported 257,992 automobiles, obtained 29.14 percent of the total automobile exports and 44.33 percent of the passenger cars in 2014.


Standard Profil Opens 10th Plant In Mexico

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Standard Profil is second biggest producer in Europe in its own area with over 20 percent market share, targeting to succeed in the American region via Standard Profil Mexico which is a key part of globalization process in the production

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nternational Turkish Company Standard Profil has inaugurated its tenth factory in Mexico with the investment worth $36 million. Aiming to boost its existence in the American market with this investment Turhan Semizer, CEO of Standard Profil, said, “Our market share in Europe is over 20 percent we want to transfer our success to North American market.” Making sealing systems in the automotive supplier industry, Standard Profil maintains its globalization strategy with its tenth factory opened in Mexico. Having opened in order to benefit from competitiveness advantage stems from being close to customers, the factory will be serving to North America which is regarded heart of automotive. Stating SP Mexico had been completed in 9 months with the investment worth $36 million, Turhan Semizer, CEO of Standard Profil, “The adventure of Standard Profil began nearly 40 years ago in Turkey. With the last investment in Mexico producing in 7 countries across 7 the continents, Standard Profil is second biggest producer in Europe in its own area with over 20 percent market share. Our target is to carry our success to American region via Standard Profil Mexico which is

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a key part of globalization process in the production.” Noting they would get a more competitive position with power and advantage which ensured by Standard Profil Mexico, Semizer continued, “Being equipped with the state-ofthe-art technology our Mexico factory has begun production for Volkswagen and Audi brands. It will continue to grow with new customers and projects.” Highlighting Mexico was a strategic production base for the automotive giants run in North America such as GM, Honda, Toyota, Semizer concluded, “With its experience approaches for 40 years, production quality and R & D Standard Profil will become more advantageous condition than its rivals in the region in a short time. Standard Profil Establish in 1977 Standard Profil as the leading supplier of automotive sealing systems and business partner of choice in terms of quality, service, technology and price. Standard Profil has achieved automotive sealing systems across the World. Headquartered in Istanbul with three plants with in Duzce and Manisa, Standard Profil operates in Spain, Morroco, China, South Africa, Bulgaria and Mexico.


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Volvo Solution For Integrating Self-Driving Cars At Real Traffic Volvo Cars is moving rapidly towards the aim of placing 100 self-driving cars in the hands of customers on selected roads around Gothenburg by 2017

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olvo Cars presents a unique, complete system solution that makes it possible to integrate self-driving cars into real traffic - with ordinary people in the driver's seat. As the Drive Me project enters its second year, Volvo Cars is moving rapidly towards the aim of placing 100 self-driving cars in the hands of customers on selected roads around Gothenburg by 2017. The key to making this unprecedented leap is a complex network of sensors, cloud-based positioning systems and intelligent braking and steering technologies. Volvo Cars' Autopilot system is designed to be reliable enough to allow the car to take over every aspect of driving in autonomous mode. The main challenge is to design an Autopilot that is robust for traffic scenarios as well as for technical faults that may occur. It cannot be expected that the driver is ready to suddenly intervene in a critical situation. Initially, the cars will drive autonomously on selected roads with suitable conditions, for example without oncoming traffic, cyclists and pedestrians. "Making this complex system 99 per cent reliable is not good enough. You need to get much closer to 100 per cent before you can let self-driving cars mix with other road users," says Dr Erik Coelingh, Technical Specialist at Volvo Cars. "Here, we have a similar approach to that of the aircraft industry.

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Backup systems will ensure that Autopilot will continue to function safely, also if an element of the system were to become disabled." On the road, the complete technology solution shall handle even the most complicated scenarios, from smooth commuting to heavy traffic and emergency situations. When autonomous driving is no longer available - due to exceptional weather conditions, technical malfunction or the end of the route has been reached - the driver is prompted to take over again. If the driver does not take over in time, the car will bring itself to a safe place to stop. "Developing a complete technological solution for self-driving cars is a major step. Once the public pilot is up and running, it will provide us with valuable knowledge about implementing self-driving cars in the traffic environment, and help us explore how they can contribute to sustainable mobility," says Erik Coelingh.


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India Makes Smart Move By Choosing Green Buses

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uses are getting smarter—and greener—in anticipation of smart cities. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s proposal to generate 100 smart cities has prompted commercial vehicle manufacturers to line up buses and vans of the likes that have never been seen in India. Expected to hit Indian roads soon are an articulated bus and two low-floor hybrid buses from Tata Motors Ltd, the electric bus Optare Versa from Ashok Leyland Ltd, and Toyota Motor Corp.’s 10-seater van HiAce. Articulated buses, also known as banana buses or bendy buses, have two single-deck compartments that are linked by a pivoting joint. Commonly used all over Europe, they allow operators to carry more passengers. Tata Motors has received an order for 30 articulated buses from Hubli-Dharwad BRTS Co. Ltd and is also in talks with the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corp. (BMTC) for 30 hybrid buses and Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport for another 10 hybrid buses. These buses will be fitted with an electric motor which will automatically charge its battery while the bus moves about, thus doing away with the hassle of having to set up charging points at bus depots. Its colleague Ashok Leyland is in talks with the Odisha government and BMTC for its Optare all-electric buses, which were introduced on the roads of London in July last year. Toyota, on the other hand, is targeting high-end fleet operators and embassies with its HiAce, which in effect may also take on Pune-based Force Motors Ltd’s Traveller. HiAce will be introduced in India by the middle of this year as completely built units, N. Raja, senior vice-president (sales and marketing), Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd, said. Tata Motors is also working on an inter-city hybrid bus for smaller cities and towns. To be sure, the support system for such vehicles will be the rapid transit system, which has not really been a success in India though more such corridors are expected to be built as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s smart cities plan. Vehicle manufacturers say they are also banking on the government making changes to the unified bus specification, so that a person can no longer buy a chassis from a manufacturer and get an outside vendor to build a body on it. “From a smart city perspective, we have to wait and see how it takes shape, but if you piece together the experience in the past in some other countries, the expectation is that standard of living will be better. So, the likelihood of that city expanding is higher,” said R. Ramakrishnan, senior vice-president (commercial) at Tata Motors’ commercial vehicle business unit. Developing 100 smart cities was a part of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) election manifesto and finance minister Arun Jaitley allocated Rs.7,060 crore in the July budget to develop such cities. Smart cities aim to provide reliable utility services, sanitation, solid waste management, storm water drainage, energy efficiency, improved access to information, and a comfortable transport system. According to T. Venkataraman, senior vice-president (global buses), Ashok Leyland, a sound policy and its right implementation may

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entirely change the transport system in the country. “We can anticipate some things to happen and therefore start making some preparations in that direction,” Venkatraman said. “It is for us to be pro-active.” Smart cities are expected to be fertile grounds for modern, green buses. Ramakrishnan said that with expanding cities, all kinds of transport systems can coexist. From a vehicle perspective, trains or metros won’t take away business from buses. His colleague and Tata Motors’ vice-president for defence and government business Vernon Noronha said that the huge difference in investments between a metro network and a mass transport system is likely to benefit bus makers. According to him, it takes Rs.400 crore to build a kilometre of metro track, compared with Rs.20 crore per km of a bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor. “BRT seems to be the best way out and our challenge is to give bus commuters an experience which is close to travelling in a metro coach. This essentially means upgrading the buses like a metro with low NVH (noise, vibration, harshness), wi-fi, air-conditioning, etc,” Noronha said. He was also confident that since smart cities will be built from scratch, the BRTS (bus rapid transit system) will have 80-foot-wide roads as against roads that are less than 40 feet wide in older cities like Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi. However, the initial cost of acquiring hybrid buses could be a deterrent for an operator—their prices can be three times those of a normal bus. But Noronha said that after around four years the difference can be recovered on account of savings made on conventional fuels. “Centre’s electric and hybrid vehicle programme holds the key in this regard,” he added. “Going forward, we expect orders of 10,000 buses from various state transport departments every year and even if 10% of them are for hybrid and electric vehicles, we will consider that as a good start.” Mint reported on 8 January that India may spend Rs.1,400 crore over the next two years on incentives and subsidies for makers and buyers of electric vehicles as part of an effort to have at least six million electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2020. IRU's and Busworld's Smart Move campaign is of course very happy to see this kind of development in the world's second biggest market of bus and coach.


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