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President ODD Bozkurt: “Despite the surprising prices, we are facing waiting times”

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Evaluating current developments in the automotive industry, Automotive Distributors Association (ODD) Board Chairman Ali Haydar Bozkurt gave some surprising messages. Pointing to rising vehicle prices and the inflationary environment, Bozkurt said: “Although car prices have reached astonishing proportions compared to a few years ago, even if there are changes from brand to brand, we are facing a demand. high and waiting times in car purchases “. According to ODD data, the Turkish car market decreased by 9.3 percent in the first 6 months of the year compared to the same period of the previous year and stood at 357 thousand 904 units. In June, the passenger car and light commercial vehicle market increased 1% to 80,652.

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 decreased 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 percent from the same month last year to 64,000 134 units, while the light commercial vehicle market dropped 5.5 percent to 16,000 518 units. .

‘THE PROBLEM OF FINDING A VEHICLE WILL CONTINUE’

Evaluating the current developments in the sector, the chairman of the board of directors of ODD Ali Haydar Bozkurt said: “We are going through an inflationary environment with the persistence of the problems experienced last year and the problems of price stability continue due to the fiscal multiplier effect as well. such as exchange rates. Although car prices are surprising compared to a few years ago, even if they vary from brand to brand, we are faced with waiting times in car purchases due to high demand. This shows us that the ‘automobile, ie being mobile, is really a need. Although some models of some brands have been lightened by the month, it seems that the problems will continue across the industry, because they all have to be mobile, “he said.

Stating that they focus on the development of the sector and the availability of vehicles, Bozkurt said: “Our aim is to develop the sector in a way that reaches the EU figures for the number of cars per 1000 people.” We are doing a lot of work to increase the availability of vehicles, “he said.

‘I HAVE TO GROW THE NATIONAL INVESTMENT MARKET’

Noting that Turkey should make more use of its production potential, Bozkurt said: “Currently, we are number one in Europe in terms of production numbers and we are planning how to increase this value up to the top four and the top three. We are a A country that is a candidate to become a productive base. In this regard, we can achieve this by adopting measures in the medium and long term, not in the short term. We must define our roadmap for the next 10-20 years, including taxation, production incentives and financial resource planning. In addition to our cost advantage, when we present a predictable domestic market, there is no country that can be a better candidate than us in terms of production, with its location, skilled workforce, sub-industry and experience.

Mentioning that the auto industry is an investment in heavy industry and that the return process is long-term, Bozkurt said: “The existence of the factory, which is established if at least 15% of a product produced here can be sold in this market, it will make sense. That is why it is important for us to expand the domestic 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. what we need is to move the sector forward with a strategic roadmap. “

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