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Elon Musk Meets With Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Elon Musk, Reports, Tesla, Turkey on 11 10th, 2017


Tesla chief executive Elon Musk unexpectedly met with controversial Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Neither Tesla nor the Turkish President have commented on what sparked the meeting, but Mashable reports talks may have been had about Tesla’s interest in Turkey’s domestic automotive plans.

The official Twitter profile of Recep Tayyip Erdogan shared an image of Musk shaking hands with the president at the country’s Presidential Complex. It too did not provide context for the meeting.

As it stands, Tesla doesn’t sell any of its vehicles in the country but in his quest for world domination, it seems probable Musk wants to change that.

In additional images of the meeting shared online, Musk and Erdogan were pictured alongside three scale models of SpaceX rockets.



Turkey Working On A Home-Grown Automaker 9
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Reports, Turkey on 11 9th, 2017


Turkey has a bold plan to create a home-grown automaker by 2019 with a plan to launch its first production model in 2021.

The initiative, dubbed ‘Automobile of Turkey’ and overseen by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has brought together five local automotive and technology companies. These companies, Anadolu Group, BMC, Kiraca Holding, Turkcell, and Zorlu Holding, will take part in a consortium to make the brand a reality.

During a media event for the announcement of the Automobile Industry Domestic joint venture group in Ankara, Erdogan said he wants to own the first car off the production line.

“I declare right now that I want to own the first car, provided I pay the price of the first car you will launch on the market. No one should hesitate. We will produce Turkey’s [first] car using the best design and technology, both for our country and the world,” he said.

Last year, over 750,000 automobiles were sold throughout Turkey. Erdogan believes a home-grown car brand will be “a historic step to get rid of this shame.” In the first eight months of 2017, around 423,000 cars were delivered in the country, with about 294,000 of those vehicles imported and the rest produced locally.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that the project “will add new success to the ongoing achievements of Turkey. It is out of the question for Turkey to not produce cars domestically as it has become so competent in the automotive sector.”


Note: Toyota CH-R production in Turkey pictured.

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Pack Of Stray Dogs Attack And Destroy Toyota Corolla In Turkey 14
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Offbeat News, TOYOTA, Toyota Corolla, Turkey, video on 10 14th, 2016


A pack of stray dogs attacked a local man's Toyota Corolla in the Turkish province of Sakarya, completely dismantling the front fascia as if the engine bay was full of Scooby Snacks.
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Transformers Are Real And These Guys Will Build You One 19
Sep
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in BMW, BMW 3-series, Gadgets, Offbeat News, Tech, Transformers, Turkey, video on 09 19th, 2016


The moment we’ll be able to purchase our own personal Transformer is closer than ever, as Turkish company Letvision showed to the world a working prototype of their giant robot.
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That’s How An Illegally Parked Car Gets Removed In Less Than A Minute 27
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Offbeat News, renault, Renault Clio, Renault Videos, Turkey on 08 27th, 2016


Gone In 60 Seconds? Make it even faster, because this Renault Clio was removed from its parking space in no time at all.
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That’s How An Illegally Parked Car Gets Removed In Less Than A Minute 27
Aug
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Offbeat News, renault, Renault Clio, Renault Videos, Turkey on 08 27th, 2016


Gone In 60 Seconds? Make it even faster, because this Renault Clio was removed from its parking space in no time at all.
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Turkey Brags Its Pehlivan Electric Car Will Shame A Tesla 9
May
Posted by Andreas Tsaousis in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Saab, Tesla, Turkey on 05 9th, 2016


“Why did Turkey cross Elon Musk? Because it'll stuff his EVs, that’s why!” No disrespect to the country, but one can’t resist the joke – not when it goes on the record saying its upcoming Pehlivan electric car will be better than a Tesla.
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New BMW 730i Now Shares MINI’s 2.0L 4-Cylinder In Turkey, China 26
Jan
Posted by John Halas in BMW, BMW 7-Series, china, new cars, Turkey on 01 26th, 2016


About a month after the first reports about BMW preparing an entry-level, four-cylinder gasoline version for their new 7-Series sedan emerged, the Germans quietly launched their new 730i.
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Turkish Scientists Working To Stop Ice From Forming On Roads 30
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Reports, Tech, Turkey on 12 30th, 2015


Researchers at Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey, set out to find a means for making salty winter roads able to rid themselves of the bane of winter: ice.
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Fiat Turkey Releases Photos Of The Egea Production Model 13
Oct
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in Fiat, Fiat Egea, Fiat Tipo, Galleries, new cars, Turkey on 10 13th, 2015


Since Turkey will be the first market where Fiat’s new compact sedan will be available to buy starting next month, the carmaker’s local unit has released more photos and information about the new model.
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Fiat Turkey Video Teases New Egea Sedan In Production Trim 26
Sep
Posted by Dan Mihalascu in Fiat, Fiat Aegea, Fiat Egea, Fiat Videos, new cars, Turkey, video on 09 26th, 2015


Here’s the first official video with the production version of the Fiat Aegea compact sedan study, which will be called Egea.
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