New models for Turkey
What new models can Turkish buyers expect to se in the showrooms next year? Of those OEM’s which were able to send us information, Opel revealed that the New Insignia and the Crossland X (photo) will be on sale during the second quarter, and the Grandland X will arrive towards the end of the year.
A manufacturer which is making inroads into fleet – Jaguar Land Rover – revealed that the Range Rover Sport model will start production of a 2.0-litre engine. The Turkish taxation system is related to vehicle engine size, JLR points out, so this model will be very important for fleet sales. It should be noted that the taxation rules which led to Jaguar Land Rover’s choice, also explains why two of Europe’s large premium sedans – the Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5-Series – were also put on sale in Turkey with 1.6 litre engines some time ago.
Mercedes is another manufacturer to be paying special attention to Turkey. The company says that following the success of its new E-Class, launched in 2016, it will launch the E-Class with the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system which is highly in demand in the Turkish market for this car segment. Additionally, its flagship S-Class will undergo a facelift and feature new technologies related to autonomous driving. Also another popular model among fleets, the GLA will also receive a facelift in the first half of 2017.
Towards the other end of the size scale, and easily coming in below the 1.6 litre threshold, Ford of Europe has just announced two new models to compete in the ‘Sub-B’ and B-segments: Ford Ka+ and Fiesta, and it may be assumed that these will find there way to Turkey.
It should also be noted that there is a considerable volume of car manufacturing in Turkey. One example of a local manufacturing operation is Oyak Renault, which produces the Megane Sedan in the country. And while much of the output is exported, models such as this are also available within the country.
Some interesting news, therefore, and doubtless more to come during the year.
(Image: motori.it) | 30/11/2016 | Tim Harrup