“High demand despite surprising prices”


Automotive Distributors Association (ODD) announced the January-June period of automobile and light commercial vehicle sales.

As a result, the total Turkish car and light commercial vehicle market decreased by 9.3 percent in the first 6 months of the year compared to the same period last year and stood at 357,000 904 units.

In the same period, car sales fell by 10.3% to 278,000 282 units, while the light commercial vehicle market decreased by 5.6% to 79,000 622 units.

In June, the passenger car and light commercial vehicle market increased 1% to 80,652.
Last month, car sales increased 2.9% from the same month last year.
while the light commercial vehicle market decreased by 5.5 per cent to 16,000 518 units.


Evaluating the current developments in the sector, the chairman of the board of directors of ODD Ali Haydar Bozkurt said: “We are experiencing an inflationary environment with the persistence of the problems experienced last year and the problems of price stability continue due to the multiplier effect caused. from the exchange rate, as well as the tax. Compared to a few years ago, the prices of cars have changed from brand to brand, although it was surprising. However, we are facing waiting times in buying cars with high demand. shows that the car, that is, being mobile is really a necessity. Although some models of some brands are lightened by the month, it seems that the problems will continue throughout the sector, because everyone needs to be mobile. , he has declared.

Stating that they focus on industry development and vehicle availability, Bozkurt said: “Our aim is to develop the industry and reach the EU numbers in the number of cars per 1000 people. We are doing a lot of work to increase the availability of cars. vehicles “.


Noting that Turkey should make more use of its production potential, Bozkurt said: “Currently, we are among the first in Europe in terms of production numbers and we are making plans on how to increase this value to the top four and the top three. candidate to become a manufacturing base. We can achieve this by taking medium- and long-term, not long-term measures. We must disclose our roadmap for the next 10-20 years, including taxation, production incentives and planning financial resources When we propose a predictable domestic market in addition to our cost advantage, its location, quality workforce, there is no country that can be a better candidate than us in terms of manufacturing with its sub-industry and experience . “

Mentioning that the auto industry is a heavy industrial investment and the return process is long-term, Bozkurt said: “The existence of an established factory if at least 15 percent of a product produced here can be sold in this market will have a meaning. This is why it is important for us to expand the internal market in Turkey. “When we look at the population and average age in Turkey, we are talking about an internal market far below our real potential. All we need is to advance the industry with a strategic road map, “he said.


Emphasizing the importance of the change in the SCT system, Bozkurt said: “Without SCT, the market today would exceed 2 million in Turkey, but there is a need for revenue from SCT, the authorities are trying to maintain this balance. that will support all environmental moves. SCT electric vehicle. “We are approaching regulation from this point of view. However, the current SCT system does not reflect today. The concept of engine volume is no longer talked about and regulations are needed to allow the user to access high-cost electric vehicle technologies, “she said.


When the data from the first 6 months of ODD are analyzed in detail, the surprising results attract attention.

Indeed, 89.1 percent of the automotive market was made up of vehicles in segments A, B and C with low tax rates. The C segment cars took a 49% share with 136 thousand 297 units, while the B segment cars took a 39.6% share with 110 thousand 201 units.

When the automotive market is evaluated by body types, the most preferred body type SUV cars (39.7% share, 110 thousand 372 units). SUVs followed with sedans with a share of 36.1% and sales of 100,000 538 units, and H / B cars with a share of 22.2% and sales of 61,000 761 units.

ODD Coordinator General Dr. Hayri Erce assessed the picture that emerged in June as “There is an increase in segment B like never before. This can be seen as an effect of the rapid price increase and the SCT structure triggered this situation.” .

Regarding the decline in the market share of diesel cars, Erce said: “We can see that the market share of diesel cars will decrease to 10% in the next period.”


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